Sunday, November 25, 2018

Takehisa Kosugi | Events

Takehisa Kosugi
New York City, USA: Fluxus, 1964
18 pp., 2.6 x 11.9 x 10 cm., loose leaves
Edition size unknown

After witnessing a performance at Tokyo’s Sōgetsu Art Center, composer Toshi Ichiyanagi sent scores and recordings made by Kosugi to George Maciunas, just prior to his founding of Fluxus. Originally intended as a "complete works" collection (which could be added to as new scores were created) the collection was first advertised in Film Culture magazine in the fall of 1963 and released early the next year. 

It was packaged in a modest white or clear plastic box, with variations on Maciunas' name plate design for the artist. It would be the only Kosugi work published by Fluxus, though other projects appeared in Fluxus newspapers and in the collective Fluxus 1 and Fluxkit boxes. 

Kosugi died last month, on October 12th, at the age of 80. Read a recent obituary by Julia E. Robinson on the Artforum website, here.

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