Alison Knowles studied painting under Joseph Albers at the Pratt Institute New York. Together with Dick Higgins and John Cage, she was a member of the New York Mycological Society, an association of mushroom collectors. At this time, she cultivated a close exchange with John Cage. In 1968, Knowles designed and printed the last edition by Marcel Duchamp. From 1970 to 1972, she taught at the California Institute of the Arts. She spent creative periods working in Poland, Italy, Japan and Austria, but also in Germany. Knowles received a fellowship from the Berlin Artists’ Programme of the DAAD in 1984.
Knowles was one of the very first Fluxus artists. In 1962, she travelled with Dick Higgins – her husband since 1960 – to the first Fluxus Festival organised in the Museum of Wiesbaden; in 1978 she exercised considerable influence on the developing Performance Art scene in Poland with her appearance at the Warsaw Performance Festival I AM.
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