Robert Watts: The Complete Postage Stamp Sheets, 1961-1986

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in 2010-04 Greetings from Daddaland: Fluxus, Mail Art and Rubber Stamps, Essays

Robert Watts: The Complete Postage Stamp Sheets, 1961-1986 by John Held, Jr. There can be considerable argument on who created the first artist postage stamp. The Dada artist Raoul Hausmann, associated with the Berlin Dada group, affixed a self-portrait postage stamp to a postcard in 1919. Yves Klein, the French Nouveaux Réaliste painter and conceptualist, […]

The TAM Rubberstamp- Archive of Ruud Janssen

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The TAM Rubberstamp- Archive of Ruud Janssen by John Held, Jr. It has been sixteen years since Ruud Janssen became aware of mail art, and because of his interest in documentation, we have an excellent overview of his activities. In this catalog we have reprinted both his lengthy Curriculum Vitae, and his latest “information-newsletter” of […]

KEN FRIEDMAN: FLUXUS PRODIGY – Artopia

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Artopia John Perreault’s art diary KEN FRIEDMAN: FLUXUS PRODIGY 99 Events September 10 – October 10, 2009 Stendhal Gallery Refluxions A recent exhibition at the Stendhal Gallery in Chelsea gave pause for thought. And another chance to play catch-up with Fluxus, during what might be a Neo-Fluxus period. Solidified just before Conceptual Art per se, […]

Notes on Soho And a Reminiscence By Hollis Melton

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in 2008-02 Fluxus: To George With Love, 2009-11-GEORGE MACIUNAS 7 Paintings from the 1950s and Graphic Works, Essays

“Although once thought as a ‘movement’, with all the appropriate manifestos and positions, Fluxus is not a movement as such, but a tendency which cuts across the oeuvres of various artists rather than encompassing them totally. This brings Fluxus into total harmony with the art trends of the 1970s. What distinguishes Fluxus from other trends […]

GEORGE MACIUNAS- 7 Paintings from the 1950s and Graphic Works

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in 2009-11-GEORGE MACIUNAS 7 Paintings from the 1950s and Graphic Works, News

NO SMOKING October 31 – December 19 Opening Reception: Saturday, October 31, 2009 12 – 5pm George Maciunas Untitled circa 1950’s oil on canvas 30” x 24” (76.2cm x 61 cm) Private Collection Stendhal Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition 7 Paintings from 1950’s and Graphic Works from October 31 – December 19, 2009. […]

KEN FRIEDMAN: EVENT, IDEA AND INQUIRY By Carolyn Barnes

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KEN FRIEDMAN: EVENT, IDEA AND INQUIRY By: Carolyn Barnes Chance and opportunity led Ken Friedman to become an artist. Though he had no formal art training, he accepted the designation of “artist” as a young man in 1966 when the Fluxus impresario George Maciunas suggested that the creative activities he had pursued since childhood could […]

Exhibition Notes: Ken Friedman – 99 Events

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Ken Friedman Notes Ken Friedman began conducting what he would retrospectively realize were ‘events’ before he was aware of Fluxus. Even at a young age, performing idiosyncratic tasks and realizing small projects was a mode of inquiry into the world for Friedman. Reflecting the naturalness of these inquiries, Friedman says, “I simply built things, realized […]

DADA TO DIY: The Rise of Alternative Cultures in the Twentieth Century By John Held Jr.

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in 2009-05 Do-It-Yourself: Group Exhibition, Essays

I first read of the late art collector Jean Brown in a 1976 article, The Preservation of the Avant-Garde. Critic Katherine Kuh wrote of her that, “It is always the marginal she stresses – such manifestations as concrete poetry, rubber stamp art, the vagaries of video. She is after elusive connections, the small interstices that […]

Art In America: Jonas Mekas at Museum Ludwig with the Support of Stendhal Gallery, New York

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Art In America Cologne Jonas Mekas Museum Ludwig Over the last 50 years, Jonas Mekas has been without doubt one of the most important figures in experimental film.  Along with his own filmmaking, he started the magazine Film Culture in 1955, organized the Film-Makers’ Cooperative (1962) and the Cinematheque (1964), and, finally, founded Anthology Film […]

New York Magazine: NEW YORK SCREEN RENEWED BOHEMIAN

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NEW YORK SCREEN RENEWED BOHEMIAN When avant-garde film pioneer Jonas Mekas left Soho for Greenpoint, it seemed like a setup for another sad story: the latest downtown icon in exile. Instead, the sprightly 83-year-old founder of Anthology Film Archives made Letter From Greenpoint, a high-spirited, wine-drenched rebuttal to the idea that the counterculture dies when […]

Julia E. Robinson: Maciunas’ Models Thought in Three Dimensions

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in 2008-06 George Maciunas- Prefabricated Building System, Essays

You see, the reason I am so concerned with [functionalism] is that that’s an architect’s training. I mean, that’s the way the architect thinks, he thinks in functionalism otherwise he’s not an architect, he’s a sculptor or a stage designer.1 George Maciunas’s Prefabricated Building System was the most literal expression he ever made of his […]

The Fluxhouse Cooperatives By Charles R. Simpson

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The Fluxhouse Cooperatives In 1966 George Maciunas, an artist working in the dadaist tradition of anarchistic and irreverent art, became entranced with the idea of artist cooperatives as a vehicle for the emancipation of artists. Beyond residences and studios, Maciunas hoped to establish collective workshops, food-buying cooperatives, and theaters to link the strengths of various […]