Item ID: 10055 Japan AU Mail Art Book I. MAIL ART.

Japan AU Mail Art Book I.

Many black & white illus. 199 pp. & colophon. 4to, pictorial softcover, title on spine. Hyogo, Japan: Self-published, 1982.

The first volume (of three) of an important Japanese compendium of global mail art. AU – known as either Artists’ Union or Art Unidentified – was a Japanese artists’ organization that coordinated the earliest large-scale exhibitions of mail art in Japan. In 1976, former Gutai member Shimamoto became the head of AU. By 1982, when the first volume was published, the group had hosted a number of mail art exhibitions featuring contributions from practitioners around the world. Japan soon became a hotbed for the Eternal Network, thanks to the efforts of Shimamoto, Ryosuke Cohen, Misao Kumamoto, and many others.

In fine condition. With a laid-in postcard, mailed to Carol Stetser, requesting mail art contributions for the next volume.

Price: $450.00

Item ID: 10055