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By Ken Friedman

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The Fluxus Reader bargains the 1st complete evaluation in this not easy and arguable crew. Fluxus all started within the Nineteen Fifties as a unfastened, overseas neighborhood of artists, architects, composers and architects. via the Sixties, Fluxus had turn into a laboratory of rules and an area for creative experimentation in Europe, Asia and the U.S.. defined as 'the such a lot radical and experimental paintings move of the 1960s', Fluxus challenged traditional pondering on artwork and tradition for over 4 many years. It had a principal position within the delivery of such key modern artwork types as inspiration artwork, install, functionality paintings, intermedia and video. regardless of this impression, the scope and scale of this exact phenomenon have made it tricky to provide an explanation for Fluxus in normative historic and significant phrases.

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Fluxshoe' was quickly swamped with mail after the indefatigable Correspondence artist Klaus Groh successfully challenged David Mayor's definition of Fluxus. Groh's International Artists' Co-operation organisation was in many ways similar to the Beau Geste Press, but its international commitment meant a higher profile on the Correspondence Art scene, with the intermittent publication of information sheets, which acted as databases for mail-art activity. 19 They formed a community based on an international web, generating its own energy, which was a source of many alternatives from the conventional gallery system.

12 Wolf Vostell to George Maciunas, nd, Archive Sohn, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. 13 George Maciunas to N a m June Paik, nd, Archive Sohn, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. 14 Ibid. 15 George Brecht and George Maciunas, eds, Fluxus ccV TRE, Fluxus Newspaper no. 1 (1964), np. 16 N a m June Paik, 'George Maciunas and Fluxus', Flash Art, no. 84-85 (Oct-Nov 1978), p 48. 17 Dick Higgins to Tjeerd Deelstra, 13 March 1967, Archive Sohn, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. 18 For more information on Something Else Press, see Higgins, 'Two Sides of a Coin: Fluxus and Something Else Press'.

The exhibition was accompanied by a graphically utilitarian series of catalogues whose rudimentary use of chronology and alphabet posited a Fluxus firmly in the realm of advanced art activity, linking it explicitly with a documentable happenings movement. Unfortunately, the association created by the title also implied stylistic parity. The fact that some artists were upset by this identification illustrates some of the issues that have continued to dog Fluxus: w h o has the right to define it, and on what bases should those definitions be made?

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