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Fluxus Codex Hardcover – October 15, 1988

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The Fluxus movement melded the tricks of Dada, the economy of Conceptualism and the collectivist spirit of Russian Constructivism to produce deliberately ephemeral and easily forgettable works. Fluxus artists made some witty, subversive objects, like Joe Jones's Violin in Bird Cage . To challenge our conventional notions, they created transparent dresses, a box filled with chromed earthworms, dollar-bill toilet paper, collections of rocks marked by weight, ceiling hatches, fashion handbills, "Here I Come" sweatshirts. Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Willem de Ridder and the group's "resident genius" George Maciunas were among the experimenters in the Fluxus orbit. Their inventions are much less revolutionary than the artists seem to think they are, more like private jokes than disturbing works of art. Hendricks is curator of the Lilia and Gilbert Silverman Fluxus collection, which this hefty tome catalogues. Its dictionary format with thousands of entries is well suited to the motley anarchy of this group.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (October 15, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810909200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810909205
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,620,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon Hendricks's Fluxus Codex is a crucial research tool for everyone interested in Fluxus, the experimental laboratory of art, design, and music. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the multiples and publications that George Maciunas published at Fluxus headquarters in New York, together with carefully compiled notes and comments taken directly from Maciunas's correspondence with the artists whose work Maciunas organized and published. This book is also a central reference tool for the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where Hendricks is consulting curator. Beyond the value this book offers as a document of art history and a reference tool, Fluxus Codex offers an intimate, tactile look into a laboratory that embraced the work of such major artists as George Brecht, Nam June Paik, Robert Watts, Alison Knowles, and Yoko Ono. Comprehensive illustrations and carefully selected notes from the largest collection of Maciunas's own papers make this book an art book worth reading for ideas and for visual pleasure.
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