2010-09 Mr. Fluxus

John Held Jr: Black Mountain College Museum, Networking Chance

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Networking Chance: “A Global Situation Involving the Possibility of People Everywhere and Anywhere” “Prepared by the author for presentation at “Re-Viewing Black Mountain College 2,” a conference co-hosted by The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center andThe University of North Carolina at Asheville, October 8-10, 2010. By John Held, Jr. In 1968, well before […]

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2010-09 Mr. Fluxus

Divine Benevolence by Thomas Bayes

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Divine Benevelence Thomas Bayes Divine Benevolence: Or, An ATTEMPT to prove that the PRINCIPAL END Of the Divine Providence and Government IS THE Happiness of his Creatures. BEING An Answer to a Pamphlet, entitled, Divine Rectitude; or, An Inquiry concerning the Moral Perfections of the Deity. WITH A Refutation of the Notions therein advanced concerning […]

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2010-09 Mr. Fluxus

An Anthology: The Education of Mr. Fluxus by John Held Jr.

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An Anthology: The Education of Mr. Fluxus The well-publicized angst of the Abstract Expressionist painters, laid bare on canvas and by in-fighting among themselves, rose from inner demons and newfound success. John Cage and colleagues, just as fiercely focused on their art as the Ab Ex’ers, labored unheralded during this same period, feeling besieged, misunderstood, […]

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2010-09 Mr. Fluxus

Mr. Fluxus Exhibition Review

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Mr. Fluxus Exhibition Review View of Mr. Fluxus, 2010.” The birth of the curator has led to the death of the artist. Or, at least, that’s the impression one gets from a gloss of the current literature on exhibition practices. Concerns percolate that the expanded portfolio of the curator now encroaches on the artist’s autonomy. […]

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2010-04 Greetings from Daddaland: Fluxus, Mail Art and Rubber Stamps

Reviews of Greetings from Daddaland

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Reviews of Greetings from Daddaland By Andrew Russeth From Modern Painters Stendhal Gallery, New York Through May 29, 2010 The rubber stamp is the twentieth century’s definitive emblem of bureaucracy, providing an official mark of acceptance or rejection of governments and corporations. Military, housing, and job applications have been sealed with a stamp, as have […]

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2010-04 Greetings from Daddaland: Fluxus, Mail Art and Rubber Stamps

The Treatment of Vision: Arman’s Cachets

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The Treatment of Vision: Arman’s Cachets Introduction The cachets of Arman, his self-described rubber stamp works from the mid-to-late fifties, have been regarded by art critics and historians as necessary first steps in his coming of age as an artist; an awakening fascination with commonplace objects that deepened as the artist’s career progressed. It has […]

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2010-04 Greetings from Daddaland: Fluxus, Mail Art and Rubber Stamps

Bunny Dead: The Mysterious Life and Death of Ray Johnson and the Rise of the New York Correspondance School of Art

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Bunny Dead: The Mysterious Life and Death of Ray Johnson and the Rise of the New York Correspondance School of Art On January 13, 1995, Ray Johnson, the founding father of Mail Art, died under mysterious circumstances rivaling the enigmatic way in which he conducted his life. He was 67 years old, and leaves behind a […]

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2010-04 Greetings from Daddaland: Fluxus, Mail Art and Rubber Stamps

Learning from Friedman: Ken Friedman’s Rubber Stamp Activity.

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Learning from Friedman Ken Friedman’s Rubber Stamp Activity. John Held, Jr. Ken Friedman (American, 1949- ) was an important connection between Fluxus, Ray Johnson’s New York Correspondence School of Art, and the emerging amalgam of seventies networking artists gathered through the postal system and collaboratively exploring the aesthetics of communication on an international scale. The […]

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2010-04 Greetings from Daddaland: Fluxus, Mail Art and Rubber Stamps

Notes Toward a History of Artistamps

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Notes Toward a History of Artistamps John Held, Jr. The first exhibition of artist postage stamps occurred in 1974, when James Warren Felter first identified the field in an exhibition at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. The exhibition subsequently traveled to additional sites in Geneva, Switzerland, and around the United States and Canada, […]

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2010-04 Greetings from Daddaland: Fluxus, Mail Art and Rubber Stamps

Illogical as an Instructive Process: an Interview with Ray Johnson

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Illogical as an Instructive Process: an Interview with Ray Johnson The interview took place on December 2, 1977, at the Mid-York Library System, Utica, New York, the day following Ray Johnson’s performance of,Barry White Ecstasy, at the Root Art Center, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, where his work was on display. John Held, Jr: Do […]

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