Artistes Divers CONTEMPORARY | Zeichnungen Catalogue from 1970 | 1970 | Zucker Art Books
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Artistes Divers CONTEMPORARY Kalendar 69, 1969
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Artistes Divers CONTEMPORARY | Kalendar 69 | 1969 | Zucker Art Books
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Artistes Divers CONTEMPORARY SMS, 1968
Released in 1968, the SMS portfolio represented a collaboration between some of the most important artists of the 20th century. Centered around a loft on Manhattan's Upper West Side rented and maintained by the American Surrealist William Copley, SMS (a coy abbreviation for "Shit Must Stop") was an open-ended collective that epitomized the community ethos of the late 1960s. Frequented by artists, curators, performers and composers both accomplished and aspiring, Copley's loft became renowned for its utopian morale and hospitable working conditions, which included "a buffet perpetually replenished by nearby Zabar's Delicatessen, an open bar, and a pay phone with a cigar box filled with dimes."
No title (called : Maikurogurafikku / Shûchin bon, Micrographic / Miniature), 4 volumes ; Tokyo, self published (Graphic Shûdan), no date (1960), 84x80mm (slipcase), 76x76mm (book), 48p each volume, photographs by Shôzô Kitadai, Takashi Kiiima, Tadao Higuchi. Soft photographic cover, open slipcase, original cardboard ribbon. Direction, book design by Kitadai. Limited 1000 copies, numbered. Ref. Dict. of Japanese Photographers. Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2000, p.345. The Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s. Kaneko+Vartanian, New York, Aperture, 2009, p.46-49. Shozo Kitadai and experimental workshop, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, 2003, p.126, (photographs) p.68-no.88, p.69-no.89. History of Japanese Photography, Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, 2003, p.213. Graphic Shûdan was founded in 1953 with: -Photographers :Shôzô Kitadai, Osamu Hayasaki, Tadao Higuchi, Ken’ichi Hijikata, Takashi Kijima, Takeji Iwamiya, Kiyoshi Ôtsuji, Osamu Yagi -Graphic designers :Fumio Fushimi, Kôsaku Itô, Tadashi Masuda, Jô Murakoshi, Jun Ôtsuka, Ikkô Tanaka -Other Artistes :Hamao Hamada, Kiyoshi Hashimoto, Ayako Tsuji -Adviser :Shûzô Takiguchi. The group was created around Kitadai, a member of the Experimental Workshop (Jikken Kôbô) with cooperation of Ôtsuji, also a workshop member, and Shuzo Takiguchi, the founder of the workshop (He is a surrealist poet, a Contemporary Art critic, an adviser of almost all Japanese avant-garde artists, a bit like Duchamp). First published as a prototype of advertising, the books appear to be a showcase for experimental photographic methods with a taste of humor.