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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

I’ve Ripened to the Genius of George Maciunas

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I’ve Ripened to the Genius of George Maciunas By John Held, Jr. I’ve ripened to the genius of George Maciunas. It wasn’t easy “getting him” as a young artist. I aged into him. In the process of learning about art, with each new level of understanding attained, I drew closer to a place where Maciunas […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Caustic Jelly Post Portraits of buZ blurr

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The Caustic Jelly Post Portraits of buZ blurr In the April 13, 1972, issue of Rolling Stone, then one of the most popular and influential youth culture American magazines, an article on mail art first appeared in a mass circulation journal. Written by Thomas Albright, the art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, this “new […]

Guglielmo Achille Cavellini

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Guglielmo Achille Cavellini(1914-1990-2014) There is no artist in modern times, perhaps in all of time, who tried to insure (some would say purchase) his place in art history with the intensity of the Italian artist Guglielmo Achille Cavellini. His art of “self-historification” was based on the premise that no one knew the artist better than […]

Jas. W. Felter: Artistamp Activist

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Jas. W. Felter:Artistamp Activist Born near the foothills of New York States’ Catskill Mountains in 1943, James Felter was introduced to painting by his grandmother and encouraged to collect postage stamps by his father. These two childhood activities were to portend a future direction, not only culminating in the personal discovery of a new artistic […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]