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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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MACIUNAS, GEORGE MOSSET, OLIVIER multiples

OLIVIER MOSSET, Flux Dots by Mosset Total Art Nice, n.d. [1969]

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OLIVIER MOSSET, Flux Dots by Mosset Total Art Nice, n.d. [1969]
10 x 12 x 1,6 cm
confetti – produced by George Maciunas – in red or black plastic box with label
very small edition: estimation ca 13 – 15
published by George Maciunas / Total Art, Nice, France
Private collection, Amsterdam
extremely rare

In 1990 Olivier Mosset had his first solo show in Galerie van Gelder. A few days before the opening I presented him a red box ‘Flux Dots by Mosset’.
“Well… looks good!” Olivier commented, “I have heard about it, but this is the first time I see this. I remember that Maciunas once phoned me. He asked whether I was the man of the circle paintings and I said yes, why…?” “Listen he said, you are a Fluxus artist, with all these circles on canvases, you really are!”
“No, I answered, I don’t consider myself a Fluxus artist.”
Maciunas: “Certainly you are and I have an idea. What about making a Fluxus box with punched dots, you know, like confetti?”

In 2008 Olivier Mosset had another solo exhibition in Galerie van Gelder. He arrived with huge white monochrome paintings of 8 meters long flown in from his studio in Tucson, Arizona. Still having his rain coat on he gave me a small thick envelope. “I got this from the heirs of Maciunas”, he said. “I don’t know what to do with it, so I thought I hand it over to you. You may do with it whatever you like.” I looked into the half opened cream colored envelope and saw a heap of hundreds of red confetti, unmistakably the ones Maciunas punched for his Flux Dots box edition.
Ref. Kees van Gelder talking to Olivier Mosset in Galerie van Gelder on 20 March 2008.

Ben Vautier opened a gallery shop BDDT / Ben Doute de Tout in Nice in 1958, which later became well-known as the Around 1960. He started to know the artists of Nouveau Réalisme: Yves Klein, Daniel Spoerri and others. In the autumn 1962, he travelled to London for visiting the Festival of Misfits, where he encountered many Fluxus artists, with whom he subsequently collaborated in various ways. A year later, Vautier organised the Fluxus Festival of Total Art in Nice.

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OLIVIER MOSSET, Flux dots [1969]
10 x 12 x 1,6 cm / 3.5 x 4.75 x 0.75 inches
edition ca 13 – 15, here box 13 (in black)
published by George Maciunas, New York, USA

 

 

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OLIVIER MOSSET: Flux Dots [1969] – black box version
Collection University of Iowa Special Collections, Iowa City, USA

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OLIVIER MOSSET: Flux Dots [1969] – black box version/verso

Ref. the Fluxus Digital Collection of the University of Iowa were donated by artist Ken Friedman.

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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, excluding CONTENU DE L’ENVELOPPE)
18,9 x 17,4 cm
printed matter and objects in plastic envelope with hand numbered sticker
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 numbered with 16
very rare
€ 420,- plus € 12,- Track & Trace registered mail
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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.’
Issues number 1 and 2 were published in 1987 in an edition 250 each. A copy of issue number 3 is in the collection of the MoMA in New York, USA.

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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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Copy edition number 40 in the collection of the MoMa in New York apparently contains the content of “CONTENU DU BOCAL”: