Correspondence, poems, jottings, worksheets, representing more than 100 leading avant-garde poets, collected for the publication of An Anthology of Concrete Poetry (1967) compiled by Emmett Williams. Includes original drafts of poems submitted to Williams for publication with layout instructions and notes on the genesis and meaning of poems. Poets represented include Alain Arias-Mission, Carlo Belloli, Claus Bremer, Ian Hamilton Finlay, and Eugen Gomringer
Ian Hamilton Finlay was born in 1925 in Nassau, Bahamas, but returned to Scotland with his family as a child. The McCormick Library holds a large collection of Finlay’s published poems, cards, prints, and booklets, as well as the issues of Poor. Old. Tired. Horse ., announcements of publications, and other pieces of ephemera.
The Jean Brown collection of art objects, 1958-1986 (ca. 493 items forming Series VI of the Jean Brown Papers) comprise an important collection of works by artists involved in the Fluxus movement or in other explorations of the conceptual arts, such as mail art, concrete poetry, happenings, etc. The works reflect these movements as they spanned the decades of the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s, with a high concentration of material emerging around the climactic year 1969 -- Items are constructions, assemblages, or other expressions, often small-scale and ephemeral, some existing simply as reflections or remnants of artistic or intellectual events. Many are one-of-a-kind pieces created especially for Brown, betraying the collector's intimate connection to the works and their creators. The pieces are arranged alphabetically by artist, with a large portion of unidentified works listed at the end. Additionally many of the objects also have their own individual analytic records within the ... Read More
Collection consists of poetry in a variety of media sent to and collected by Jasia Reichardt. Includes manuscripts and typescripts, screenprints and posters, collages and original graphics, sound recordings, photoprints and objects (some ready-made). Artists include Ronaldo Azedredo, Stephen Bann, Derek Boshier, Eugenio Carmi, Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing, Kenelm Cox, Robert Filliou, Ian Hamilton Finlay, John Furnival, Ludwig Gosewitz, Brian Hindmarch, Michael Horovitz, D.S. Houedard, Ferdinand Kriwet, John Latham, Christopher Logue, Edward Lucie-Smith, Hansjörg Mayer, Franz Mon, Seiichi Niikuni (and the Tokyo Assn. for the Study of Arts [ASA]), Tom Phillips, John Sharkey, Gianni-Emilio Simonetti, Mary Ellen Solt, Edgardo Antonio Vigo, and Wolf Vostell. Some works are included in letters received by Jasia Reichardt
Series I, the major portion of the archive, consists of general correspondence with artists and writers from the 1960s and 1970s, when Reichardt was first Assistant Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and then Director of the Whitechapel Gallery. Many of the letters concern exhibitions she organized, including discussion with artists as to selection of work and their post-opening responses. Other letters comprise requests for submissions to the ICA Bulletin or for appearances on panels, as well as publication proposals. Among the most substantial files are those from artist/poets who participated in Reichardt's exhibition Between Poetry and Painting (1965), such as Henri Chopin, John Furnival, Ian Hamilton Finlay, and Dom Pierre Sylvester Houedard, though her broad circle of friends and colleagues extends to Max Bill, Jean-Jacques Lebel, and anthropologist Desmond Morris. Many of these files include drawings, photographs, or poems. There is also extensive ... Read More
An ensemble of original works and printed matter documenting Brown's intent to build a useable study collection of avant-garde materials, dating from 1916-1995 (bulk 1960-1985). In-depth holdings by artists participating in Fluxus, happenings, concrete, sound and visual poetry, mail art, copy art, rubber stamp printing, new music, and video and performance art underscore her range of interests. The collection's broad scope presents a comprehensive account of alternative movements, distribution networks and exhibition venues of the 1960s and 1970s