Friday, May 26, 2017
[Wolf Vostell, editor]
Frankfurt, Germany: TYPOS Verlag, 1964
[unpaginated], 29 x 21.5 cm., staple-bound
Edition size unknown
The January 1964 issue of the important DÉ-COLL/AGE. BULLETIN AKTUELLER IDEEN journal featured contributions by artists affiliated with Fluxus and Happenings, including George Brecht, Tomas Schmit, Allan Kaprow, Dick Higgins, Nam June Paik, Al Hansen, Claus Oldenburg and others.
The issue included influential works such as George Brecht's Motor Vehicle Sundown (Event) and Canadian Fluxus artist Robin Page's Guitar Piece, which is said to have been the impetus for Pete Townsend's smashing of his guitar in the The Who shortly afterwards. It also includes two works by Stanley Brouwn, who died last week at the age of 81 (see following posts).
The table of contents page not only incorrectly spells Brouwn's name without the letter 'u' (something George Maciunas also got wrong in the Fluxus Yearbox nameplate he designed for the artist), but also misspells the editor's name as 'Volf' Vostell.
The full contents is as follows:
George Brecht: Motor Vehicle Sundown (Event)
Tomas Schmit: Zyklus
Tomas Schmit: “Handel, Handlungen, Händel, Behandlungen” (zu Pop Art, Fluxus, Happenings, Dé -Collage, Nouveau Realisme)
Stanley Brouwn: Use this Brown [sic]
Stanley Brouwn: Phone Drawings
Allan Kaprow: Sweeping (a Happening)
Allan Kaprow: Push and Pull (a furniture comedy for Hans Hofman)
Allan Kaprow: Mirrors (a Happening)
Allan Kaprow: Words (An Environment)
Allan Kaprow: Tree (a Happening)
Allan Kaprow: Reportages and Photos from other Happenings
Dick Higgins: Seven Lectures
Bazon Brock: 4 Donnerstags – Manifeste
Bazon Brock: Bloom – Zeitung
Bazon Brock: Roman
Nam June Paik: Third Symphonie (the longest symphonie [sic] in the world)
Nam June Paik: Exposition of Music/Galerie Parnass. Photos/ect./Text: J.P. Wilhelm
Name June Paik: Reportagen etc.
Robin Page: Guitar Piece (Performance YAM Festival NY/63)
Wolf Vostell: 9 Dé -Collagen (Geschehnisse)
Wolf Vostell: “Leben Als Bild=Bild Als Leben” Galerie parnass Wuppertal veranstaltet dazu
Wolf Vostell: Bus Ride zu 9 verschiedenen Stellen: Kino/Bahnhof/Gärtnerei/Steinbruch/Garage/Fabrik/Keller/Schwebebahn/Garten
Frank Trowbridge: Three Pieces for Theater
Claes Oldenburg: Pop Art (jacke, tasse, kuchen)
Claes Oldenburg: Happenings
H. J. Dietrich: “Ereignisbilder”
J. J. Lebel: Catastrophe (A Happening)
J. J. Lebel: “Quelques indications supplémentaires sur la mort et son incidence sur l’activité artistique dite d’avant-garde”
Al Hansen: Parison 4 Marisol (a Happening)
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Untitled Beeswax slab
Basel, Switzerland: Galerie Buchmann, 1990
26.4 × 32.4 cm
Edition of 40 signed, numbered and dated copies
Solid Beeswax slab issued in a cardboard box whose lid is printed with a photograph of one of Laib's beeswax slabs installations.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
I Am Still Alive
Berlin, Germany: Edition René Block, 1975
 pp., 21 x 24 cm., slipcase
Edition of 450 numbered copies
In 1969, On Kawara sent a telegram that read "I AM NOT GOING TO COMMIT SUICIDE DON’T WORRY", followed by "I AM NOT GOING TO COMMIT SUICIDE WORRY" and " I AM GOING TO SLEEP FORGET IT".
These were followed, a month or so later, with another that read "I AM STILL ALIVE." Almost nine-hundred more identical telegrams would follow, addressed to dozens of friends and acquaintances, for more than three decades. By this time Kawara had stopped writing about or explaining his work. In response to inquiries from journalists or curators, he would typically send a telegram reading "I AM STILL ALIVE".
This first edition by Edition René Block (another would follow in 1978) contains reproductions of the telegrams. It is available here, from Harper's Books, for $1750.00 US.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
[Jacob Korczynski, editor]
ANDREW JAMES PATERSON: COLLECTION/CORRECTION
Toronto, Canada: Kunstverein Toronto/Mousse Publishing, 2016
102 pp., 29 x 23 cm., softcover
Edition size unknown
The first survey of writings by Andrew Paterson includes a series of new and recent poems as well as four scripts from his videos The Walking Philosopher (2001), Eating Regular (2004), 12 x 26 (2008) and Passing (2013). The title is rounded out with four of his 'fictocriticism' texts which had originally been published in IMPULSE magazine throughout the 1980's.
Paterson will launch the title with a reading and screening at Printed Matter in NYC on June 3rd, from 5 to 7 pm. For more information, visit the Printed Matter website, here.
The title is available now at Art Metropole, here.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Ger van Elk
The Well Shaven Cactus...
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Art & Project, 1972
 pp., 21 x 10 cm., staple-bound
Edition of 300
Published by the influential Art & Project Gallery/Magazine, this artist's book by Dutch conceptual practitioner Ger Van Elk features documentation of five works: The Well Shaven Cactus (1969); Paul Klee - Um Den Fisch, 1926 (1970); The Co-Founder of the Word O.K. (1971); The Discovery of the Sardines (1971); and The Symmetry of Diplomacy (1971).
A video of The Well Shaven Cactus - in which the artist grooms a cactus plant with an electric razor, can be seen on Youtube, here.