Twenty-eight pieces of mail art, appropriated ephemera, and documents
Np: 1970’s. Twenty offset printed and appropriated postcards in various sizes, to which is added one index card with an affixed 35mm slide, one piece of orange fabric inside an envelope, six A4 sheets including one smaller sheet folded twice for mailing, and one appropriated and folded alcohol circular with a printed address label, all housed inside three brown paper envelopes. Two items signed by van Beveren and van Amen respectively and two examples are numbered. Text in English, Dutch, and French.
A collection of printed, rubber-stamped, and handwritten mail art from one of the more prolific European mail artists dealing with concepts and ideas around the purpose and influence of art, happenings, and related constructs. At times serious and other times absurd, the strength of van Beveren’s work is how much he accomplishes using so little. Each piece conceptually stands on its own, and together they create a larger narrative regarding the place of mail art in the 1970’s. Also included, but not counted against the twenty-eight pieces, are two Dutch newspaper clippings about the artists.
Most examples have been mailed and therefore show usual wear but remain in very good condition with age toning to a few of the documents, bumps to corners including strong fold marks to one of the postcards, and tide marks to three of the postcards and sheets. Item #96
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