Item ID: 10203 Commonpress 46: Automatenfotos / Photoboothpictures. Angelika SCHMIDT.

Commonpress 46: Automatenfotos / Photoboothpictures.

Sticker to title-page, black & white illus. throughout. Ca. [49] leaves, printed on rectos. Red plastic folder with transparent plastic upper cover (corner creased), bound printed sheets. Stuttgart: 1982.

Rare issue of Commonpress, edited by mail artist Angelika Schmidt (n.d.). Pawel Petasz (1951-2019), a Polish correspondence artist, launched this celebrated mail art project in December 1977. Based on a system of floating editorship, anyone could edit an issue with a theme of their choosing as long as production and distribution costs were covered. Mail artists from all over the world such as Ulises Carrión, E. F. Higgins, G. E. Marx Vigo, Vittore Baroni, Günther Ruch, Angelika Schmidt, etc., produced around 100 issues by 1989.

Ca. 130 artists participated in this issue by sending in self-portraits taken in photo booths; all of the artists are listed with their addresses at the end. We note contributions by Anna Banana, Picasso Gaglione, Paulo Bruscky, Guillermo Deisler, John Evans, H. R. Fricker, Claudio Goulart, Klaus Groh, Ginny Lloyd, Petasz, Carol Stetser, Timm Ulrichs, Edgardo Antonio Vigo, etc., etc.

A near fine copy. Unknown edition size. Seemingly unrecorded by WorldCat, at least individually.

❧ For information on Schmidt and Petasz, see Geza Perneczky’s most helpful “Network Atlas” (available online).

Price: $400.00

Item ID: 10203