FLUXUS I, 1964.
Lot 5321
FLUXUS. [MACIUNAS, GEORGE, editor]. Fluxus 1. [New York/Wiesbaden: 1964.]
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Lot Details
[MACIUNAS, GEORGE, editor]. Fluxus 1. [New York/Wiesbaden: 1964.]
Square 4to (190 x 210 mm). 18 envelopes with printed matter or small objects enclosed (a couple of envelopes sealed including the "Mystery Envelope," one roughly opened). About 26 leaves of photographic reproductions and 17 text leaves. Bolted together. Lacking box (which was often used for mailing), a trifle dog-eared.

THE VERY FIRST ANTHOLOGY OF FLUXUS, one of not many more than 100 copies produced over a 13-year period. This appears to be an early version, with work present by Dick Higgins (before his feud with Maciunas) and an early state of Joe Jones' "A Favorite Song." Other contributors include Ann Halprin, Emmett Williams, Gyorgy Ligeti, Shigeko Kubota, Jackson Mac Low, Yoko Ono, Chieko Shiomi, and La Monte Young. Contents vary from copy to copy and the present is sold as is.
This is one of the iconic products of the Fluxus movement and a seminal piece of early Conceptual art. Nearly all copies are held by institutions and we trace none at auction.
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