Genève: Günther Ruch, 1980. First edition of 300. Invisible bound 8vo in a red spine with cover printed in red, and pages printed in black and a muted brown. Unpaginated (92 pp.)
‘Commonpress Magazine of Art No. 36: IDEA AND communication,’ guest edited by Günther Ruch on the topic of concepts in mail art. With over one-hundred contributions by artists across the international network, including Graciella Gutierrez Marx, G. E. Marx Vigo, Gottfried Bechtold, Johan van Geluwe, Guy Schraenen, Thierry Tillier, Avelino De Araujo, Paulo Bruscky, Leonhard Frank Duch, Luiz G. Neto, G. Deisler, Béla Egyedi, Michael Duquette, Gerald Jupitter-Larsen, Miroslva Klivar, Jirí Valoch, M.P. Anker, Robert Rehfeldt, Rolf Staeck, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, Niels Lomholt, Robin Crozier, David Drummond-Milne, Eric Halliday, Timothy Rutter, Michael Scott, Lizzie Wendy De Bechi, Marcel Alocco, Mario Borillo, Michel Corfou, Charles Dreyfus, Hervé Fischer, Vincent Van Gogh, Horus, Guido Llinas, Jean-Paul Thenot, Ben Vautier, Aziou, Willy Buchholz, Will Cassel, Albrecht D., Sera Fin, Klaus Groh, Jacques Juin, Hans-Werner Kalkmann, Krzysztof Nasfeter, Jürgen Olbrich, Planstudio Siepmann, Endre Tót, Timm Ulrichs, Wille-Konsumkunst, Mit G. A. V. S., Woody van Amen, Pier van Dijk, Robert Joseph, Jouke Kromkamp, Ko De Jonge, Lengyel Andras, Sugar Janos, Galántai György, Gábor Tóth, Unknown Group, Vittore Baroni, Guido Capuano, Gianfranco Duro, G. Achille Cavellini, Giovanni Fontana, Nicola Frangione, Guglielmo Lusignoli, Ruggero Maggi, Gruppo Ricerca Materialistica, Plinto Mesciulam/Mohammed, Lieutenant Murnau, Marco Pachetti, Romano Peli, Michele Perfetti, Peppe Rosamilia, Horacio Zabala, Miyo Iida, Tatsuo Yamamoto, A. K. A. Fart (A. Stitt), Wieslaw Osewski, Andrzej Partum, Pawel Petasz, Tomasz Schulz, Andrzej Wielgosz, Antoine Laval, Sven Malvin, John Armleder, Max Rucher/Soft-Art Press, Miss Conception, Dougal, Rose-Marie Meichtry, Gerald Minkoff, Narcissus-Art, Muriel Olesen, Colette Ruch, Günther Ruch, Un. Parallele-Telecomm., Janos Urban, Art-Guerilla-Group, Charlton Burch, Anna Banana, George Brett, Russell Butler, Carioca, Buster Cleveland, Geoffrey Cook, Steve Durland, Pittore Euforico, Pat Fish, Bill Gaglione, Scott Helmes, Steven Hitchcock, Davi Det Hompson, Mario Lara, Studio Le-Clair, Bern Porter, Lon Spiegelman, and Anne Wittels among others. Contributions divided into three main chapters and includes an introductory letter by the editor explaining the process of requesting the material. Of note in the letter Ruch highlights the poignant contribution by G. E. Marx Vigo titled ‘Statements for Our Latin-American Marginal Action,’ written by the couple on August 20, 1980, calling for the right of free artistic expression without oppression and injustice by the government. Jorge Caraballo and Clemente Padín are both mentioned in the declaration as they had been imprisoned a few years earlier in 1977 for criticizing the Uruguayan government for violating human rights.
Very good or better with faint creasing along spine, rubbing to covers, and trace amounts of age toning throughout.
The founding principle of Commonpress encouraged each contributor to edit, print, and distribute a future periodical on a specific theme, thus democratizing the responsibility and ownership of the press. For most issues, Commonpress operated through an international publishing fraternity featuring a different guest editor for each issue. Pawel Petasz edited issue No. 1 in Poland in 1977, and subsequent editors included Ko de Jonge, Peter Below, Ulises Carrión, Adriano Spatola and Giulia Niccolai, Klaus Groh, Aart van Barneveld, Guy Schraenen, G. E. Marx Vigo, Vittore Baroni, Johan van Geluwe, György Galántai and Júlia Klaniczay, and Guy Bleus among several others. Item #966