Mail-Art and Money

"Mail-Art and Money don't Mix" is what Lon Spiegelman wrote in the 80-ies. Are these views still shared by the current generation of mail-artists?

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Samples of Mail-Art for sale

Started by Ruud Janssen. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Apr 28, 2017. 4 Replies

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Cavellini for sale via Catawiki. What do you think?

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Comment by Gik Juri on October 31, 2009 at 9:39am
There were a lot of discussions about mail art and money some years ago, a lot of purists were against money. Now, in Minden this year, for example, there was special trailer to sell artistamps during the Festival. No purists any more? Probably, because of a lot of possibilities to sell by electronic channels. And mail art itself becomes part of art history and, certainly, art market.
Comment by RJ - Moderator on October 31, 2009 at 8:08am
M O N E Y mail-art call
Where did it all go? Can I have it back, please? Can I create my own? When did you last see your money? How much is that in real money? Who needs it anyhow? Is it only a dream?

You can also make a project about Money, like Wacky Stuff did, have a look at:
Comment by RJ - Moderator on October 30, 2009 at 9:14am
Lon Spiegelman


Lon Spiegelman (1941-2002) was an American mail artist and networker who initiated the concept called “Money & mail-art don't mix” stating that mail-art is non-commercial art and so can’t be bought or sold. He also coined the term “N-tity” with American mail artist Carlo Pittore, a term that refers to the spirit of networking and founded Spiegelmism Post. He was guest editor of Umbrella in the 1980s, a magazine originally started and edited by Judith A. Hoffberg.


Spiegelman’s mailart rag. Los Angeles, Calif. : [Spiegelman, 1983-] - (Periodical)

The fence is always browner on the other side of the grass : a book of Dalinographs / photographic drawings presented by Lon Spiegelman. Los Angeles : Spiegelman, 1970.

The sayings of poor Lon. Los Angeles : Spiegelman, c1975. – Artist Book

Lee’s alphabet : born this 23rd day of September, 1977, Lee H. Michael Spiegelman. Los Angeles, Calif. : L. Spiegelman, c1977. – Artist Book

California dada. Los Angeles, Calif. : L. Spiegelman, [c1980]

Calendar 1981 [S.l. : s.n.], c1980. – Artist Book

Help catalog : International mail-art show. [Los Angeles, California : Otis Art Institute, 1980] (organizer of exhibition)

Target earth / exhibition at Double Rocking G Gallery, Los Angeles, California, organized by Lon Spiegelman and Neal Taylor. Los Angeles, Calif. : L. Spiegelman, c1982. – Exhibition Catalog

To Susan Share. Los Angeles, Calif. : L. Spiegelman, c1982.

Sources for obtaining more information about the artist:

The first international portfolio of artists’ photography : 1983. [New York, N.Y.] : J.P. Jacob/HYPE, 1984.

Held, John, Jr., “Mail Art and Lon Spiegelman Do Mix: A Memorial Tribute”, 2002. Accessed May 21st, 2005

Perneczky, Geza. Network Atlas: World and Publications by the People of the First Network. Soft Geometry, Cologne. (updated April 2003). Vol. 2, pp. 93-95.

Dates of death and birth from Ruud Janssen’s blog accessed on May 21st, 2005.

Comment by RJ - Moderator on October 30, 2009 at 9:11am
Lon Spiegelman made this statement. Money should not be involved in the "game" of mail-art. I know that this rule has several aspect. Is it allowed to sell a mail-art catalogue to the network? Can you ask an entrance fee for a mail-art show. Can you sell your mail-art collection to a museum or established archive? All these things have happened in te past.

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