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THEATER OF THE OBJECT
Event Scores 1956-2016
A limited screen printed edition
from Redfoxpress, Ireland
containing a portfolio of 18 screenrpints
printed on 110 gr tracing paper
in 50 copies numbered and signed by Ken Friedman
and a 76 pages book with more drawings and writings
by Ken Friedman about the event scores.
Printed on 100 gr tracing paper, chinese binding.
- A4 BOX EDITION
- SCREENPRINTED PORTFOLIO
- 50 SIGNED AND NUMBERED COPIES
- + 76 p. BOOK
- PRICE: 150 EURO / US$ 180 / GBP 140
- LASER PRINTED BOOK EDITION ON TRACING PAPER
- CHINESE BINDING
- A4 - 76 PAGES
- PRICE: 60 EURO / US$ 75 / GBP 55
Ken Friedman is the youngest member of the classic Fluxus group.
He has been active in the international laboratory of experimental art,
design, and music since 1966.
Friedman joined Fluxus when Dick Higgins introduced him to Fluxus
impresario George Maciunas during a visit to New York. When Maciunas
asked Friedman what he did, Friedman described the projects and actions
he had been doing since the 1950s. As Higgins later wrote, "Maciunas promptly
claimed Friedman for Fluxus."
Shortly after enrolling him in Fluxus, Maciunas told Ken Friedman that
he was a concept artist, explaining to him the use of scores to document
and transmit ideas and actions.
At Maciunas's request, Friedman began to annotate his event scores for a Fluxus
boxed edition of cards. The earliest scores in that collection - and this one -
were projects from the 1950s before Friedman considered these works to be art.
Theater of the Object presents 18 scores. The first score is Scrub Piece,
an action from 1956. The last is A Whispered History, an object from 1994.
The artist amplified these scores with drawings, notes, and reflections
in 2016. An illustrated book from Redfoxpress titled Theater of the Object
accompanies this collection of hand-drawn scores.
Many museums hold Ken Friedman's work, including the Museum of Modern Art and
the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College,
the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Emily Harvey Foundation
in New York. In Europe, these include the Tate Gallery in London, the Henie
Onstad Art Center in Oslo, Stadtsgalerie Stuttgart, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
The University of Iowa Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts is the
official repository of Friedman's papers and research notes. The Silverman Fluxus
Collection at the Museum of Modern Art, Archiv Sohm at Stadtsgalerie Stuttgart,
and the Mandeville Department of Special Collections at the University of California
at San Diego also hold extensive archives on Friedman's work of the 1960s and 1970s.
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