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Fluxus: The History of an Attitude Paperback – 1998
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"Fluxus was once called 'the most radical and experimental art movement of the sixties,' but for anyone seeking to learn more about the historical nature of Fluxus and its conceptual framework it might more readily seem to be just plain frustrating rather than radical. This is in part the case because Fluxus is historically complex and philosophically difficult to define."
FLUXUS: THE HISTORY OF AN ATTITUDE by Owen F. Smith is A HOT mix of dada, fluxus, art theory and art history. Owen F. Smith's exhaustive archival research tracks the physical remains of this fascinating interdisciplinary and international arts movement that began in the 1960s.
San Diego State Univesity Press | __Fluxus: The History of an Attitude__ by Owen F. Smith; ISBN 1-879691-51-5 | 1998 trade paperback | 326 pp. | US $27.00 | Second Printing
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Smith's definition of Fluxus as an attitude, and his elaboration of that attitude within its pages, seems to be close to the perfect description of what Fluxus was and is.
By defining Fluxus as an attitude Owen Smith was able to get around the thorny issue of whether Fluxus died with George Maciunas, or continued on with artists like Dick Higgins and Ken Freidman through the 1990s - or for that matter whether Fluxus is alive and thriving "under the radar" to this day. Fluxus as an attitude is much tidier concept than Fluxus as a "movement" tied to a specific time, or as close-knit group of artists, or as some kind of formal/stylistic approach to art.
While this book is a necessary addition to the library of the seriously interested, it may not be the best introductory volume for the uninitiated, as it is quite detailed and dense with data. But I loved it, and if you are "into Fluxus" you probably will too.