Brighton: Brighton Festival Exhibition of Concrete Poetry, 1967. First edition of 100. Folded 25.5 x 25 cm (10 x 9.8 in) four-panel paper sculpture silk screened in black and blue on one side, and green on other side on thick card stock. Text in Portuguese and English.
A collapsible concrete poetry sculpture by Augusto de Campos that can be read by opening the panels like pages or as a freestanding three-dimensional cube. With multiple interpretations presenting themselves depending on where the reader begins: ‘VIALINGUAGEM — way via language,’ or ‘LINGUAVIAGEM — voyage via language.’ A brilliant, conceptual work of concrete poetry that reminds us how neologisms and language are an international voyage and a connector between cultures and continents. Includes a printed glossary on one of the panels translating de Campos’ intention behind the poem. One of a hundred examples specifically created for the Brighton Festival Exhibition of Concrete Poetry held April of 1967 directed by Stephen Bann, which also included works by Claus Bremer, Eugen Gomringer, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Kenelm Cox, Hansjörg Mayer, Mathias Goeritz, and Edwin Morgan among others. Rare.
Very good with bumps to corners, age toning and faint tidemarks to outward-facing panels, and ink offset from silk screen process. Item #993