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

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

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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, […]

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Essays

Greetings from Daddaland: The Fake Picabia Brothers Search Sources in the Scrap Heap of the Twentieth Century Avant-Garde

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Greetings from Daddaland: The Fake Picabia Brothers Search Sources in the Scrap Heap of the Twentieth Century Avant-Garde By John Held, Jr. Bill Gaglione and John Held, Jr. began corresponding in the late seventies, drawn together by interests in Mail Art, and in particular, the rubber stamps used to decorate their envelopes and enclosures. Gaglione […]

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Essays

Yvelyne Wood’s Auschwitz by Professor Donald Kuspit

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Yvelyne Wood’s Auschwitz by Professor Donald Kuspit State University of New York at Stony Brook … what does statistical exactitude mean, where the orders of magnitude are so astronomic? Would the horrors of the holocaust be any less if historians concluded that it exterminated not six millions … but five or even four? Eric Hobsbawm, […]

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2009-05 Do-It-Yourself: Group Exhibition

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

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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 […]

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2008-06 George Maciunas- Prefabricated Building System

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

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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 […]

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