Mail Art Archives

Some Mail-Artists have been doing Mail-Art for a longer time and have saved all they get in, documented what they sent out, collected books, magazines and documentations, and before they knew it were the owner of a Mail Art Archive. Tell us more...

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Do you have a mail-art archive?

Started by Ruud Janssen Feb 4, 2017. 0 Replies

If you have a mail-art archive.please tell a bit about what is in it, how you store it, from which dates the materials are, and if possible show a photo.Continue

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Comment by antic-ham on February 20, 2010 at 7:08pm

Comment by TIZIANA BARACCHI on February 20, 2010 at 6:57pm
A very little part of the library of the AMBASCIATA DI VENEZIA.
PLG, Tiziana Baracchi, Giancarlo Da Lio

Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 20, 2010 at 6:45pm

Sent to another Mail-Art Archive.....
Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 20, 2010 at 6:38pm

Just a peep into the TAM-Archive.
Comment by Clemente Padín on February 16, 2010 at 12:07pm
Dear friends, a fraternal hung to all...Now I am trying to create an official archiv with all my carpets and packages...I acept donations and gifs. Fraternally,
Comment by Michael Leigh on February 5, 2010 at 10:03pm
Actually its the wrong URL and you can find the Sorting Office Gallery here-
Comment by Michael Leigh on February 5, 2010 at 9:57pm
I just wanted to say that part of my archive is now being shown at the local Sorting Office in Northwich if you happen to be passing through. Its been up in some cabinets in the foyer for a while now. Treena who organised it has made a blog too which you can find here-
Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 2, 2010 at 6:59pm
In Numbers
Serial Publications by
Artists Since 1955
Catalogues, Biennales & Collections
Edited by
Philip E. Aaron
Andrew Roth
Gil Blank
Victor Brand
Clive Phillpot
Nancy Princethal
Neville Wakefield
William S. Wilson

December 2009
ISBN: 978-3-03764-085-2
Hardcover, 224 x 311 mm
440 pages
Images 460 color / 14 b/w
CHF 98 / EUR 65 / £ 50 / US 90

A sourcebook on serial publications

"In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955" is a survey of
serial publications, dating from 1955 to the present day, that have been
produced by artists from around the world. Amid historical groundswells
like the rise of the little press in the 1960s, the correspondence art
movement of the early 1970s, and the DIY culture of zines in the 1980s
and early 1990s, professional artists have seized on the format of
magazines and postcards as sites for a new kind of art production.
These are not publications that feature news items, criticism,
manifestos, or reproductions of artworks, but are themselves artworks,
often collaborative and idiosyncratic. In large part they are produced by
younger artists operating at the peripheries of mainstream art cultures,
or by established artists looking for an alternative to the marketplace.
"In Numbers" is the first volume to define an overlooked art form that is
neither artists’ book nor ephemera, but entirely its own unique object.
The survey begins with Wallace Berman’s "Semina" and continues
through Joe Brainard’s "C Comics," Eleanor Antin’s "100 Boots," Robert
Heinecken’s modified periodicals, the magazine of the Japanese Provoke
group "Art-Language," Raymond Pettibon’s "Tripping Corpse," Maurizio
Cattelan’s "Permanent Food," and other contemporary examples such as
North Drive Press and Continuous Project. Approximately 60
publications are surveyed in total. The diversity of this list is reflected
in the wide range of techniques, nationalities, and media; the survey
does not attempt to be exhaustive, but simply to define the genre’s
contours and identify certain thematic threads. "In Numbers"
documents the history of each publication (its inception, production,
distribution, and significance) together with a thorough, completely
illustrated bibliography for each title. In addition, several longer essays
by experts on the genre (such as Clive Phillpot, Nancy Princethal,
William S. Wilson, and Neville Wakefield) and an illustrated interview
between Collier Schorr and Gil Blank will complement the individual
entries to provide historical context and a broader overview.
Co-published with PPP Editions, NY.
Comment by John Held, Jr. on February 2, 2010 at 6:41pm
There is a new book out: In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955, which lists and describes a number of mail art publications including FILE, VILE, Johnson's Book About Death, publications by vigo and buster Cleveland, and much more. Essays by Wm. Wilson (on Johnson) and Phillpot (artist publications). I have problems with some of it, but it is an excellent sourcebook, and does much to historify the mail art movement.
Comment by Ruud Janssen on February 2, 2010 at 7:16am
quite a list you have there Francis!

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