“An Artistic Proposition that is Unprecedented”–Boivent
A complete set of Ephemera (nos. 1-12), an important avant-garde journal dedicated to mail art and other forms of marginal communication contributed by a global network of artists, including many from South America.
Illus. throughout and several inserts. Between  and  pp. All ca. 310 x 230 mm., large folded sheets, loose as issued. Amsterdam: 1977-78.
All twelve issues of this famous journal edited by artists Ulises Carrión, Aart van Barneveld, and Salvador Flores. This art magazine, lasting just one year, was distributed from the bookstore Other Books and So, a center for mail and stamp art, which were highlighted in each issue. Contributions solicited from artists around the world were presented in a disorderly collage. The founding trio edited every issue, but there were two issues in which the artistic direction was transferred: No. 7 to Carrión and No. 10 to Anna Banana and Bill Gaglione. The magazine wound down with a special issue (no. 12) dedicated to Brazilian artists.
Marie Boivent, in La Revue d’artiste (p. 237), writes about the novel design and format of Ephemera (in trans.): “Served by a very dynamic layout and in part flexible — with its unbound double leaves which constitute it —, supported by the rhythmic effects perceptible by the alternating of pages but also within each one, together the different contributions create a dense publication and by their assembling form an artistic proposition that is unprecedented.”
In fine condition, complete with all inserts and added materials.
❧ Marie Boivent, ed., Revues d’artistes: Une sélection (2008), pp. 124-27.
M. Boivent, La Revue d’artiste: Enjeux et specificités d’une pratique artistique (2015), pp. 226, 237-38 & 426.
Item ID: 8873