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The Aesthetics, publication

Author(s)/Editor(s): Friedman, Ken

Publisher: Beau Geste Press, Collumpton, Devon, UK

Date: 1972

Number of participants:

Document(s): Publication

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Publication

Aktuelle Kunst in Osteuropa, publication

Author(s)/Editor(s): Groh, Klaus

Publisher: Verlag DuMont Aktuell Schauberg, Köln, Germany

Date: 1972

Number of participants: 78, 6 countries

Document(s): Catalog

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

Attention, exhibition

Organizer(s): Kalkmann, Hans-Werner (Central Administration of Artistic Environment Defence)

Location: Galerie Impact, Lausanne, Switzerland, 16–30 November, 1972; Katakombe Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 1973; Central Administration of Artistic Environment Defence, 1973

Date: 1972–1973

Number of participants:

Document(s): Invitation, Summary

Source(s) of the listed documents: Lomholt

Available for research at Artpool: Call, Invitation

File Magazine

Author(s)/Editor(s): General Idea (AA Bronson – Jorge Zontal – Felix Partz)

Publisher: General Idea, Toronto, Canada

Date: 1972–1989

Number of participants:

Document(s): Issues

Source(s) of the listed documents: ArtBook, Vincent Trasov

Available for research at Artpool: Issues No. 2–3, 5

Bibliography: Morris, Michael (ed.): Hand of the Spirit: Documents of the Seventies from the Morris / Trasov Archive, UBC Fine Art Gallery, Vancouver, 1992
Allen, Gwen: The Magazine As Mirror, File, 1972–1989, in: Allen, Gwen: Artist’s Magazines. An Alternative Space for Art, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, London, England, 2011, pp. 147–173. [Book available at Artpool]

"General Idea publishes the first issue of File Magazine. Vincent Trasov a.k.a. Mr. Peanut is on the cover which appropriates the look of Life Magazine, which ceased publishing in the mid 1970s. News of Image Bank activities and the Image Bank artist’s address and request lists are featured." vincenttrasov.ca

Fluxshoe, touring exhibition

Organizer(s): Mayor, David – Mike Weaver – Felipe Ehrenberg

Location: College Gallery (exhibitions) – Arts Centre (performances), Falmouth, England; Croydon College of Art, England, 15–26 January, 1973; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England, 10–25 February 1973; Cardiff, England, 14 June, 1973; Blackburn Museum, England, 6–21 July, 1973; Hastings, England, 17–24 August, 1973; Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham, England, September, 1973; Falmouth, England, 23–31 October, 1973

Date: October, 1972 – October, 1973

Number of participants: ca. 100

Document(s): Catalog, Interview, Poster

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Art Cornwall, Fondazione Bonotto, Held [Crane], Lomholt

Available for research at Artpool: Catalog

IAC-Infoblatt, newsletter

Author(s)/Editor(s): Groh, Klaus (International Artist’s Cooperation)

Publisher: Klaus Groh, Oldenburg, Germany

Date: 1972–1977

Number of participants:

Document(s): Issues

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Lomholt

Available for research at Artpool: Issues Nos. 2, 4, 6, 8-12, 13-15, 17-18, 22-23, 26.

Comment: The first issues were co-edited by Hans-Werner Kalkmann.

"Groh had published this sheet from 1972 to 1977, compiling contact information for mail artists from all over the world based on the mail art works he had received." Thurmann-Jajes, Anne: Robert Rehfeldt and RuthWolf-Rehfeldt. Their GDR-Based International Network, in: Set Up 4 Artists‘ Publications, No. 1, setup4.de

Intercourse, exhibition

Organizer(s): Johnson, Ray

Location: Wabash Transit Gallery, Chicago, USA

Date: 1–12 February, 1972

Number of participants:

Document(s): Article

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held [Patricia Tavenner], Ray Johnson Estate

Available for research at Artpool: Article

Bibliography: Plunkett, Edward M.: The New York Correspondence School (Send Letters, Postcards, Drawings and Objects... ), in: Art Journal, Vol. 36, No. 3., 1977/Spring, pp. 233-235.

Kontaktor. Mixed Up Underground, assembling magazine

Author(s)/Editor(s): Csernik Attila - Szombathy Bálint

Publisher: Szombathy Bálint, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia

Date: 1972–1973

Number of participants:

Document(s): Call, Issues

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Call, No. 2 Bibliography: Csernik Attila - Szombathy Bálint (eds.): Kontaktor 973. Mixed Up Underground 73, Bosch+Bosch, Novi Sad, 1973

Meeting of Czech, Slovak, and Hungarian Artists, exhibition, actions

Organizer(s): Beke, László

Location: Chapel Studio of György Galántai, Balatonboglár, Hungary

Date: 26–27 August, 1972

Number of participants: 24

Document(s): Galántai's Diary, Photos

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Tranzit.org

Available for research at Artpool: Galántai’s Diary, Beke’s Notes, Correspondence, Photos

Bibliography: Illegal Avant-garde, the Balatonboglár Chapel Studio of György Galántai 1970–1973, Artpool–Balassi, Budapest, 2003, p. 142. (Ed. by Júlia Klaniczay – Edit Sasvári)

New Reform, exhibition

Organizer(s): D'Hondt, Roger

Location: New Reform, Aalst, Belgium

Date: 13 December, 1972 – 15 January, 1973

Number of participants: 15

Document(s): Invitation

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Invitation

New York Corres-Sponge Dance School of Vancouver, group project

Organizer(s): Michael Morris a.k.a. Marcel Idea, Vincent Trasov a.k.a. Mr. Peanut, Glenn Lewis a.k.a. Flakey Rose-Hips and John Jack Baylin a.k.a. Count Fanzini

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Date: 1972

Number of participants:

Document(s): Invitation, Memory Festival, Retrospektive exhibition

Source(s) of the listed documents:Memory Festival, Geist, Vincent Trasov, Yuula Benivolski, Vancouver Art in the Sixities

Available for research at Artpool:

"[...] created the mail-art exchange group known as the New York Corres Sponge Dance School of Vancouver—part of a network of artists that included General Idea in Toronto, Ant Farm in San Francisco and the New York Correspondence School under Ray Johnson. The NYCSDSOV camouflaged its meetings as performances at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre, public events witnessed by bemused fellow swimmers, featuring synchronized aquatic routines and shark fin swimming caps designed by Kate Craig (a co-founder of the Western Front)." Wisdom, David & Stephen Osborne: THE ARTIST AS A FRAUD: GLENN LEWIS
"While in New York, the New York Corres-Sponge Dance School of Vancouver hosts a banquet at Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Food” Restaurant." Trasov, Vincent – Michael Morris: An Early History of Image Bank (now known as Morris/Trasov Archive), in: vincenttrasov.ca

One Year, One-Man Show

Organizer(s): Friedman, Ken (Fluxus West)

Location: Oakland Museum, Oakland, California, USA

Date: 1972

Number of participants:

Document(s): Call, Articles

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artpool, Held

Available for research at Artpool: Call, Articles

Bibliography: Albright, Thomas: A Guerrilla Attack on Traditional Art Ideas, in: San Francisco Oracle, 9 February, 1972, p. 49.
One-Year, One-Man Show, in: Artweek. West Coast Art News, 22 January, 1972, p. 3.

"Friedman, one of the youngest members of Fluxus, also participated in Mail Art, publishing the influential NYCS Weekly Breeder. In 1972, he presented his One Year-One Man Show at the Oakland Museum and the Ken Friedman and Friends in Process at the Vancouver Art Gallery, both of which included the concept of having works mailed to the exhibition. His idea was to design a show ‘which would provide a flow of information growing, changing, maturing, and regressing along with the flow of life.” Friedman’s ideas reached fruition in Omaha Flow Systems, becoming a model for future exhibitions of Mail Art.” Held, John, Jr.: Small Scale Subversion: Mail Art & Artistamps, TAM-Publications, Breda, Netherlands, April, 2015, p. 66.

Schmuck, periodical

Author(s)/Editor(s): Mayor, David

Publisher: Beau Geste Press, Cullompton, Devon, UK

Date: 1972–1976

Number of participants:

Document(s): Issues, Article

Source(s) of the listed documents: Artmargins, Artpool

Available for research at Artpool: Issues, Nos. 1-8.,

Bibliography: Gilbert, Zanna: "Something Unnamable Common": Translocal Collaboration at the Beau Geste Press, in: artmargins, Vol. 1, Nos. 2-3, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2012

Comment: See the special issue Hungarian Schmuck.

Work in Progress, exhibition

Organizer(s): Friedman, Ken

Location: North Galleries, Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Date: 11 July – 15 December, 1972

Number of participants:

Document(s): Chronology, Article reference

Source(s) of the listed documents: Friedman, Henry Art Collections

Available for research at Artpool:

Bibliography: Friedman, Ken: Flowing In Omaha, in: Art and Artists, London, August, 1973

"Work in Progress, the final pre-Omaha systemic from which the Flow System derived, involved the forwarding of all my mail over a six-month span to The Henry Art Gallery of the University of Washington in Seattle, while the museum engendered massive public participation by a saturation campaign of invitations throughout the region." Friedman, Ken: Flowing In Omaha, in: Art and Artists, London, August, 1973, uiowa.edu

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