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

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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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, […]

Ken Friedman – 99 Events

Ken Friedman 99 Events Work On Paper September 10 – October 10 Ken FriedmanOrdinary Objects11.5” x 8”Ink and collage on paper2009


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

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 […]

George Maciunas:Architect By Ken Friedman

George Maciunas: Architect By Ken Friedman I. Architect, Designer, Social Planner George Maciunas had several careers in his short, active life. One of these was architecture. George was first of all an architect. The art world has neglected George’s work as an architect, social planner, and designer to emphasize a dramatic but somewhat inaccurate role […]

Notes on Grapefruit, Original Manuscript, 1964

  Notes on Yoko Ono, Grapefruit, Original Manuscript, 1964 Yoko Ono Grapefruit original manuscript on view for the first time, Stendhal Gallery, 2009 150 pieces comprise the original manuscript of Yoko Ono’s pivotal 1964 work Grapefruit. Assembled into an artist’s book and originally published in Tokyo in a limited edition of 500 (Simon and Schuster […]

Charting Fluxus: George Maciunas’s Ambitious Art History at MoMA

Charting Fluxus: George Maciunas’s Ambitious Art History March 6–May 6, 2013 MoMA, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building Fluxus was an international network of artists active in the 1960s and 1970s. Through the tireless efforts of its founder George Maciunas, Fluxus presented festivals and concerts and distributed artists’ multiples, which Maciunas […]


Stendhal Gallery From its inception in 1990 in SoHo to its relocation to Chelsea in 2003, Harry Stendhal director of Stendhal Gallery has established a unique presence in the art world, introducing an educational program through museum-quality exhibitions and access to scholarly archival documents. Stendhal Gallery champions the work of historical and contemporary masters, namely […]

Art, life, and the legacy of Fluxus

Art, life, and the legacy of Fluxus HANOVER, N.H. — Any account of the origins of silliness, high jinks, and all-round tomfoolery in contemporary art would have to devote a decent-size chapter to Fluxus. The 1960s and ’70s art phenomenon is the subject of a chuckle-and-snort-inducing — but also timely and admirable — show at […]

Hood Museum of Art “Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life”

“Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life” Hood Museum of Art April 16 through August 7, 2011 Grey Art Gallery, New York University, in Fall 2011 University of Michigan Museum of Art in Spring 2012. The 1960s-70s phenomenon that was Fluxus resists characterization as an art movement, collective, or group, and defies traditional geographical, chronological, […]

For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release “Mapping Maciunas” and “Exercise” Fluxus Happening February 3rd 6:00pm Stendhal Gallery New York, New York. Stendhal Gallery is pleased to announce a happening to occur on February 3, 2011. The event will feature two “fluxhibitions”, Mapping Maciunas and Exercise. Mapping Maciunas examines the “learning machines” charts created by Fluxus founder George Maciunas, […]


Greetings from Daddaland: Fluxus, Mail Art and Rubber Stamps Curated by John Held, Jr. and Bill “Daddaland” Gaglione. Stendhal Gallery April 15 – May 29, 2010 Checklist Poster Cavellini. “International Postage 33.” by Andy Warhol 1992. Faux Fluxus West Logos John Held, Jr. Tommy Mew John Rininger Al Souza Crackerjack Kid Simon Anderson M. B. […]

Essay: From Gaglione to Dadaland to Picasso and Beyond

FROM GAGLIONE TO DADALAND TO PICASSO AND BEYOND An odd-essy of art By: Darlene Domel Picasso Gaglione created many incarnations and identifications during his long career as a conceptual artist.  Some of the first influences on his art were pure New York.  MAD magazine was an early passion and a snapshot of a very young […]

Essay by Ruud Janssen

The TAM Rubberstamp Archive: History, Fluxus, Mail-Art and Rubberstamps By Ruud Janssen Figure 1- Marie de la Condamine. The fascination about rubberstamps is something that many of us have encountered; whether it be a simple stamp pad, a mounted piece of rubber on a holder, or the ability to just reproduce that simple sign or […]

The Treatment of Vision: Arman’s Cachets

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 […]