ALISON KNOWLES, Bread and Water, 1992 [glove + tag]

ALISON KNOWLES, Bread and Water, 1992
ca 20 x 14 x 2 cm
woolen glove, paint, ink stamped and PVC plasticised label, rope
machine types text
signed with initials, dated
inv.AKno 000-pr

This apparently used glove has an industrial paint coating. The text on the attached label reads: Scratch plastic surface of glove to the ear. When this is done the hardened paint makes indeed some kind of a rustling noise. Although it is known that Alison Knowles noticed that the cracks in homemade bread had a resemblance to rivers, it is unknown to what the noise of this woolen glove may possibly refer to.

This item is part of found objects in the series “Bread and Water” by Alson Knowles, collected in 1992 on the occasion of the “Da Capo” Fluxus event in Wiesbaden on behalf of the 30th Fluxus anniversary. All objects have a tag and were probably part of a Moon Circle event.

Additional information:
‘Alison Knowles is neither a composer nor a performer in any traditional terms, yet much of her work is obviously some sort of music. When pressed to categorize herself, she told me she conceives most of her works simply as events. Yet even this catch-all term does not include her sculpture and prints, or her books and poems. But while she works in many media or intermedia, everything she does comes out of the same basic impulses: a concern for communication between human beings, an appreciation of the aesthetic qualities of ordinary objects, a deep respect for John Cage, and a profound understanding of what “communicating” is really about.’ Tom Johnson in Musical America, 1975.

Interview with Alison Knowles:

None of these 4 items with tags are signed.

Intimacy, 2020 [Gold Edition, signed]

Intimacy, 2020 – G o l d  E d i t i o n
32 x 23 x 4,5 cm
cardboard box with magnet clam strip, 69 parts
numbered box, with extra contributions
several signed items
edition 23, here number 3 / Gold Edition
published by Cult Club, Amsterdam
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This box was produced in an edition of 48 copies, i.e. a Silver Edition of 25 copies and a Gold Edition box of 23 copies, the latter containing several signed items and extra contributions. Artists documented and/or participating:

MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ Role Exchange, Amsterdam, 1975

AY-O Finger Box-Kit, 1991; Ay-O in New York, n/d.


PAUL BLANCA Father & Son, 1985

TRACEY EMIN Everyone I Have Ever Slept With (The Tent), 1963-1995

VALIE EXPORT Tapp-und-Tast-Kino

KAREL GOUDSBLOM All of This, 1998

AL HANSEN anna banana clacla fluxcomix, drawing, early 1970s

DON JUAN, flyer, 1978

KIRSTEN JUSTESEN RYGSKRIVER (write on one’s back), 1985

ALISON KNOWLES Serenade for Alison (Paik), Amsterdam, 1962

BAS KOSTERS Hope Bracelet / Hope card + BAS KOSTERS TV Head Inflatable Art Doll

SHIGEKO KUBOTA Vagina Painting, New York, 1965

JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO photo: Annie Leibovitz, 1980

ANDRIES DE MAREZ OYENS Love-Stop-Touch, sticker and postcard
signed on envelope

PIERRE MOLINIER Selfportrait with dildo, 1966

CHARLOTTE MOORMAN & NAM JUNE PAIK performing Chamber Music , Asolo, 1974

OTTO MUEHL with Mrs Conz, and people living in commune Friedrichshof, ca. 1983

YOKO ONO (with ANTHONY COX), The Bag, Knokke, 1967

ORLAN L’Origine de la Guerre, 1989

WILLEM DE RIDDER SUCK nr 8 (The Last Suck), front cover, 1974 + SUCK nr 7, back cover, n.d.


CAROLEE SCHNEEMANN Interior Scroll, 1975

ANDRES SERRANO Plassex-poster, 1997

BARBARA T. SMITH Feed Me, San Francisco, 1973

ANNIE SPRINKLE Look inside: Annie Sprinkle, flyer, 1990

ANNIE SPRINKLE / BETH STEPHENS Cuddling, Athens, 2017; sticker

MARCO TIBERIO Enlarge Sanitizer Gel (bottle)

TINKEBELL INTIMACY 1,2,3, three postcards, 2020
all postcards signed

ULAY / ABRAMOVIĆ Breathing in – Breathing out, Amsterdam, 1977

BEN VAUTIER Project for INTIMACY, sketch + photo Bed Event (1998), with Francesco Conz, ORLAN, Carolee Schneemann

AAT VELDHOEN Paring, Rotaprint, 1964

MAXIME C. DE WAAL Real Nature / Real Duvall, print

LUUK WILMERING A Personal Geographic. De naakten kleden, nr.7, 2010

Eat Your Art Out – Food in the Arts, 2010 [with Alison Knowles, Bernhard J. Blume, a.o.]


Eat Your Art Out – Food in the Arts, 2010
31,5 x 22,8 x 8,2 cm
cardboard box with stickers containing two black boxes with ceramic multiple, DVD, photos, prints:
Fredie Beckmans, Bernhard Johannes Blume (signed), Hugo Kaagman (signed), Alison Knowles (signed), Pauline Wiertz, Luuk Wilmering (signed), Ton Zwerver (signed)
hand numbered certificate with list of contributing artists
edition 50
published by Harry Ruhé / Jeannette Dekeukeleire, Amsterdam


ALISON KNOWLES, A Bean Concordance, 1983

ALISON KNOWLES, A Bean Concordance, 1983 New York, 1983
28 x 20 cm / 10 x 7.5 inches
108 pp. of which 90 pp. illustrated
published by Printed Editions, New York, 1983

A Bean Concordance gathers together a variety of material that relates to beans from social detritus across cultures. Clippings include pieces about Native American bean rituals, the Japanese tradition of Setsubun, in which end of winter is marked by throwing beans, and Italian proverbs using beans as well as more graphic findings from newspapers and packaging. In short many bean stories, pictures and ephemera collected and designed by Alison Knowles. Contributors include Alison Knowles, George Brecht, Robert Filliou, Simone Forti, Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Anne Tardos, Yasunao Tone, and many others. Estimate $50.00 August 2013

ALISON KNOWLES, Gem Duck, 1977

Gem Duck, 1977
22,3 x 16,5 cm
SC, 270 pp.
edition 1000, numbered
signed with dedication to Jackson Mac Low
published by Edizioni Pari & Dispari, Cavriago / Reggio Emilia, Italy
condition: good, slightly yellowed on edges of cover
€ 225,- plus € 15,- Track & Trace registered EU mail
inv.AKnow 244

The tern ‘Gem Duck’ is a heavy duck fabric cemented to insoles to support and strengthen the insole lip of shoes or boots.

Association copy, inscribed by the artist to Fluxus traveller Jackson Mac Low: “For Jackson and trips ahead. Alison.” Artist’s book limited to 1000 numbered copies, with this copy unnumbered and out of series. Illustrated with reproductions of xeroxed collages and text on a shoe theme. Some faint discoloration to the wraps; near fine.

History of price:
Ecart-Books, Geneva, Switzerland, July 2022 SFr. 150,-