Jean Brown collection of art objects, 1958-1986 (bulk 1963-1984)


ca. 493 items.
Arranged alphabetically by artist.
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 catalog.
Among the artists represented are Ay-O, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, Christo, Marcel Duchamp, Amelia Etlinger, Robert Filliou, Ken Friedman, Per Kirkeby, Milan Knizak, John Lennon, George Maciunas, Maurizio Nannucci, Jürgen O. Olbrich, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Man Ray, Steve Random, Dieter Roth, Takako Saito, Mieko Shiomi, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell, and Robert Watts. Also represented are presses such as Coach House, Coracle, and Edition Hundertmark, as well as groups like Interdada Group San Francisco and Fluxus.
Art works (objects, constructions, assemblages, etc.)..
Many of these objects are also individually described in their own separate records.
Open for use by qualified researchers.
Transparencies and digital images exist for most objects in this collection.
Unpublished finding aid available in the repository, see Series VI Art Objects item-level control.
Forms part of the Jean Brown Papers (Special Collections accession no. 890164, series VI).

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