William Copley - S.M.S. (Six Volumes)

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William Copley - S.M.S. (Six Volumes)

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The Letter Edged in Black Press Inc. (10 x 13 x 7 ⅝ in.) Complete set of six portfolios and ephemera in various media and sizes, from the edition of 200, original cardboard boxes. Six albums.

In 1968, artist William Copley created S.M.S. (Shit Must Stop) by asking 73 artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Joseph Kosuth, Ray Johnson, Man Ray, and Yoko Ono, to contribute works to be reproduced in six portfolios. The portfolio serves as a time capsule of an extraordinary moment in American art. Published by the Letter Edged Black Press. S.M.S. embodies artists’ desires for freedom from galleries, critics, and curators and to dissolve boundaries between mediums and disciplines. Bypassing the institutions of museums and galleries, the portfolios were mailed directly to their subscribers, opening a line of communication between artist and audience. A vast portrait of post-war experimentalism across media, in which still relatively obscure avant-garde poets like the great Hannah Weiner exists alongside composers like La Monte Young and artists like Claes Oldenberg. Probably among the most significant assemblage publications of the 20th century, S.M.S. provides an unrivaled cross-section of 1960s artist books, ephemera, and avant-garde publications.  

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