Allan Kaprow (American, 1927-2006) Help Yourself, 1992
Lot 422
Allan Kaprow (American, 1927-2006) Help Yourself, 1992
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Lot Details
Allan Kaprow (American, 1927-2006)
Help Yourself, 1992
signed 'Allan Kaprow' on the typewritten letter
envelope, letter, Polaroid camera, shirts, sunglasses


  • Note:
    Allan Kaprow was considered the father of performance art for inventing "Happenings" in the late 1950s. Over the years Kaprow orchestrated more than 200 performances, some of which examined the seemingly banal routines of our daily lives. This lot documents a peformance that took place in 1992 at Gallery 25 in Fresno, California. In response for a call for "Mail Art," Kaprow submitted a form letter with a list of objects including a Polaroid camera, clothes rack, shirts, jackets, sunglasses, cheap closet mirror and a sign on the wall. He invited viewers to help themselves to clothes on the rack, take self portraits with a Polaroid camera, and pin the photographs on the wall. This lot includes Kaprow's letter and envelope along with the props used in the performance.