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MACIUNAS, GEORGE MOSSET, OLIVIER multiples

OLIVIER MOSSET / George Maciunas, n.d. [heap of confetti ca 1969]

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OLIVIER MOSSET / George Maciunas, n.d. [heap of confetti ca 1969]
35 grams confetti as “Production Art”
handmade by George Maciunas for “Flux Dots By Mosset Total Art Nice”, in plastic box with label

In 2008 Olivier Mosset prepared a solo exhibition in Galerie van Gelder in Amsterdam. Next to several huge monochrome paintings he gave an envelope to the gallerist. As part of the legacy of George Maciunas the heirs didn’t know what to do with the left-overs of the multiple box Flux Dots By Mosset Total Art Nice. So they gave it to Olivier Mosset who told Kees van Gelder while handing over the envelope: “I don’t know what to do with it, so I thought I just give it to you. You can do with it what you like.”

Usually George Maciunas only produced a Fluxus box when someone was interested in buying one. So this envelope with confetti originally comes from his stock.

In short this envelope with confetti is neither art nor just a bunch of confetti. These pieces of handmade “Flux dots” (a name Olivier Mosset would never use since he never considered himself to be associated with the Fluxus movement) were once meant to be part of a plastic box series called “Flux Dots By Mosset Total Art Nice”. In the end both artists have touched these particles; for sentimental and also historic reasons this piece could best be named Production Art.

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artist's books MACIUNAS, GEORGE

GEORGE MACIUNAS, Flux Paper Events, 1976

GEORGE MACIUNAS, Flux Paper Events, 1976
21 x 15 cm
offset printed booklet, stapled, 16 pp.
edition unknown
published by Edition Hundertmark, Düsseldorf, Germany
1st Edition

2nd Edition, 1998
published by Edition Hundertmark, Düsseldorf, Germany
edition 500

‘Flux Paper Events’ is an artist’s book (stiff cover) with various worked out pages: cut, stained, crumpled, torn, stapled, perforated and folded. See Marinus Boezem’s artist’s book ‘Paper Events’ made six years earlier in 1970.

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ANDERSEN, ERIC FLYNT, HENRY FRIEDMAN, KEN MACIUNAS, GEORGE magazines VAUTIER, BEN

BEN VAUTIER, Fourre-Tout No. 3, 1968 [magazine]

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BEN VAUTIER, Fourre-Tout No. 3, 1968 (CONTENU DE L’ENVELOPPE)
18,9 x 17,4 cm
printed matter and objects in plastic envelope with numbered sticker: here only the content of the envelope, i.e. the content of the ‘bocal’ is missing,
6 parts and 1 printed list of contents with felt pen hand drawing of a bocal
edition 100 + 1 ‘bocal’ with original manuscripts, stamp numbered: here number 0016
comes with vintage plastic envelope with sticker; hand written 16
very rare
p.o.r.
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In an accompanying text of this issue it is announced by Ben and Annie (Noël) that “Fourre-tout” number 3 will be the last one. it is explained that ‘The content of this jar is learning us to admit everything. It reads the idea through the object.’

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Complete content of original plastic envelope “Contenu de l’enveloppe”:
KEN FRIEDMAN – print with ink stamped text: Friedman’zart
HENRY FLYNT – print: Overthrow the Human Race!!
BEN VAUTIER – cut page with pencil drawn circles (recto verso) from paperback book
BEN VAUTIER ? – punched postcard called There might be an aeroplane in the sky of this tiny postcard
ERIC ANDERSSON [sic]Tape piece, 3 tiny cards with texts/instruction + loose piece of tape
BEN VAUTIER/GEORGE MACIUNAS ? – small Fluxus bag with paste called A medicine for the asthma of Maciunas

Nota bene: the content for the “CONTENU DU BOCAL” is lacking.

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