Fake Andy Warhols by Moan Lisa (Des Moines, Iowa, USA) with portraits of mail-art luminaries, etc.

Moan - 2.1.2014 - 1

Mail-art by IUOMA member Moan Lisa (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

February 1, 2014 - Moan Lisa is an extraordinarily prolific mail-artist who coordinates an astonishing number of calls and projects. The ongoing Fake Andy Warhol call seems especially popular or maybe it seems that way to me because I like it so much. Displayed here are selections from a sheaf of fake Warhols Moan Lisa made and sent me. Included are portraits of contemporary mail-artists you might recognize as well as revered avant artists not associated with mail-art. I can identity most of the individuals, but not all of them. So I leave the identification to you.

MinXus-Lynxus issued a statement of unconditional support for Moan Lisa. This was in response to Moan's censorship issues with Google and then, later, Facebook; but Moan also has many fans connected with MinXus. Thus, Moan Lisa was issued an official MinXus stamp.

Without further commentary, here are the fake Warhols:

Moan - 2.1.2014 - 2

Fake Andy Warhol #1 by Moan Lisa (Ruud Janssen)

Moan - 2.1.2014 - 3

Fake Andy Warhol #2 by Moan Lisa (Mark Bloch)

Moan Lisa - 2.1.2014 - 4

Fake Andy Warhol #3 by Moan Lisa (Reid Wood)

Moan - 2.1.2014 - 5

Fake Andy Warhol #4 by Moan Lisa (Hannah Hoch)

Moan - 2.1.2014 - 6

Fake Andy Warhol #5 by Moan Lisa (De Villo Sloan - I don't belong here)

Moan - 2.1.2014 - 7

Fake Andy Warhol #6 by Moan Lisa (Hans (Jean) Arp)

Fake Andy Warhol #7 by Moan Lisa (Fausto Grossi)

Fake Andy Warhol #8 by Moan Lisa (Jennifer Weigel)

Fake Andy Warhol #9 by Moan Lisa (Kurt Schwitters)

Fake Andy Warhol #10 by Moan Lisa (Picasso (Bill) Gaglione)

And here is an authentic Moan Lisa envelope:

Moan - 2.1.2014 - 8

The reverse:

moan - 2.1.2014 - 9

Thank you for this and all the other fantastic mail-art you send, Moan Lisa.

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 3, 2014 at 12:37am

Moan, you had to be our lifeline on 2/10. Otherwise, great sleuthry by Richard Carnard and Erni Baer.

Let us give three aether cheers for Fausto Grossi - our Mystery Mail-artist #7 whom we found difficult to identify. That in no way diminishes what surely must be Fausto's achievements, as Moan Lisa chose to memorialize him with a fake Andy Warhol.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 2, 2014 at 2:13pm

Thanks Moan. I think what you did is make an Event Score for us.

#7 remains our Mystery Mail-Artist.

#1 - Ruud Janssen

#2 - Mark Bloch

#3 - Reid Wood

#4 - Hannah Hoch

#5 - DVS

#6 - Hans (Jean) Arp

#7 - unknown

#8 - Jennifer Weigel

#9 - Kurt Schwitters

#10 - Bill (Picasso) Gaglione

Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on February 2, 2014 at 1:18pm

I love these.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 2, 2014 at 12:54pm

Erni - the proof is in the pudding! That is our #6. I am with you here - I am a big Arp fan.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 2, 2014 at 12:47pm

The IUOMA Self-Portrait group lets you see what many artists look like:

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/group/selfportraits?xg_source=activity

Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 2, 2014 at 12:44pm

Thanks Erni! Mystery Man #6 is Hans (Jean) Arp! I believe that. No question #9, #9 is the great Kurt Schwitters.

Could #8 be C. Mehrl Bennett? The hat suggests a Fluxus person.

Richard, I am with you that #10 is Bill (Picasso) Galglione.

Why did Moan Lisa choose these artists? Again, can't say. Maybe Moan will swoop in and wrap this for us. You have mail-artists from the "classical" age. Some of them getting their start in the 60s & 70s. Even mail-art had a gender gap. Moan also chose some of the great European DaDa and collage artists. Only patterns I can see.

Moan's gender & identity is a question.

I'll update.

Comment by Richard Canard on February 2, 2014 at 7:42am

02.02.14 Dare DeVillo S.,...7.???8.new Fluxus???9.Kurt Schwitters10.Bill Gaglione of Dadaland. I am curious as well concerning all the artists featured by Moan Lisa...but just to show you what I actually know....I thought Moan Lisa was a guy. R.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 2, 2014 at 4:40am

King Richard III, Tis now the winter of our discontent - I do not believe that is Cavellini either. I think Bruno was doing some guerilla marketing for the Cavellini celebration, which is always fine with me. I have seen the Warhol/Cavellini/Buster Cleveland pic taken in NYC. Whether Warhol created anything - I have not the slightest. I'm terrible on Cavellini.

I added 4 more of Moan's fakes to make the list an even 10. The tally so far:

#1 - Ruud Janssen

#2 - Mark Bloch

#3- Reid Wood

#4 - Hannah Hoch

#5 - De Villo Sloan (I really don't deserve to be on this list)

#6 - Guglielmo Achille Cavellini - highly disputed

#7 - unknown

#8 - unknown

#9 - unknown

#10 - unknown

If anyone can identify these folks, great. Otherwise - thanks again Moan Lisa.

Comment by Richard Canard on February 2, 2014 at 3:42am

01.02.14 Dare DeVillo Sloan,... No. I don't think so.  Didn't Warhol actually do a" Cavellini " ???...R.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on February 2, 2014 at 3:33am

HOLY CRAP!

Mystery Man #6 is Cavellini? No. Maybe?

Thanks Bruno.

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