Mail art collections are commonly referred to as "archives." Geographically dispersed and highly diffuse in scope, they constitute a critical aspect in understanding the medium's rather idiosyncratic history. In addition, they represent a curatorial method that proposes an alternative approach to the structure of the art museum.
Between June and October of 1999, I mailed a letter of inquiry, a questionaire, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to 150 individuals and institutions who were said to hold significant collections of mail art. The initial source for this was Appendix 4 of Eternal Network: A Mail Art Anthology, edited by Chuck Welch and published by the University of Calgary Press. Other suggestions came from mail artists and interested scholars. Thirty one mail art archivists sent replies to my queries. Their responses are detailed in an artist book and on this site.
I have maybe a dozen pieces or so of what is actual Mail Art. Sort of fits in a shoe box. There are a few odd sized or over sized pieces floating about. Although I have made art of my correspondence over the years I have only recently maybe for the past 8 years been receiving and or exchanging with Mail Artists.
Absolutley no idea...
A complete set of Double by Rea Nikonova
A big collection of Mani-Art by Pascal Lenoir
Almost (maybe) a full collection of Tensetendoned from M.B. Corbett
Probably 20 or so proper books
6 file draws full of the rest
and a box of Ruuds's interviews and correspondence
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