Correspondence Art: Source Book for the Network of International Postal Art Activity


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Correspondence Art: Source Book for the Network of International Postal Art Activity is the first major anthology to document primary activity and literature on the subject of correspondence art. Correspondence Art includes essays by leading artists and historians in the field, statements by major artists, numerous illustrations of artworks, bibliography, and appendices (including a glossary to the multitude of aliases used by artists in the network). The anthology is divided into four sections: definition, origins, emergence, and exhibitions and publications. Correspondence art, an ongoing artists’ communication system, includes participants throughout the world who have formed an international postal network to exchange art information and original artworks. First used sporadically by the Dada and Futurist artists in the early twentieth century, correspondence art has expanded since the 1950s to become a major international art activity. Artists involved in correspondence use a variety of means to send art through the mails, including artist-produced postcards, postage stamps, broadsides, “zines,” drawings, collage, rubber stamps, found images, and color xerox. As a contemporary art activity based on the interactive flow of ideas and information, correspondence artists have produced an abundance of materials which are basic to their art exchange. Contributors include Ken Friedman, Dick Higgins, Ulises Carrion, Judith A. Hoffberg, Marily Ekdahl Ravicz, Jean-Marc Poinsot, Thomas Cassidy, Milan Knizak, Klaus Groh, Kenneth Coutts-Smith, Richard Craven, A.M. Fine, Tomas Schmit, Thomas Albright, Anna Banana, Andrzej Partum, Stephan Kukowski, Robert Reehfeldt, Steve Hitchcock, Edgardo-Antonio Vigo, Geoffrey Cook, Gaglione 1940-2040, C.E. Loeffler, Ken Friedman, Georg M. Gugelberger, James Warren Felter, and Peter Frank.

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Call Number

N6494.M35 C67 1984


xxi, 522 pages : illustrations ; softcover 22 cm






First Edition

Series Statement

Contemporary Documents

Place of Publication

San Francisco, CA

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Copyright 1984 La Mamelle, Inc.