New York: Backworks, 1976-77. 1st Edition. 2 vols., quarto, publisher's stapled photo-illustrated newsprint wraps, printed on newsprint stock.
Two book/photo/ephemera/small objects catalogs devoted to Fluxus and related postwar and contemporary avant-garde art and performance groups, produced by Backworks, a New York bookstore and gallery specializing in "documents and relics of experimental art 1952-1970." Co-owners Moore and Hendricks established Backworks in SoHo in 1976, based on their mutual curatorial interest in the objects and events of the downtown art and performance scenes, particularly by artists associated with the Rueben Gallery, Judson Memorial Church, Happenings and Fluxus, with which they were both connected as collaborators and curators. Moore and Hendricks, each of whom has written extensively about figures such as George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Allan Kaprow and Ben Vautier, among others, have been instrumental in the development of major collections, including the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection at MoMA, and the Barbara and Peter Moore Fluxus Collection at Harvard. Backworks closed in 1983. The two catalogs here (a third publication, an exhibit catalog of work by composer and philosopher Henry Flynt, was issued in 1982) give descriptions for over 300 books, photos, magazines, broadsheets, flyers, posters, announcement cards, mailers, boxes, objects, film and negative strips, and records and other sound recordings, and include work by or about Maciunas, Ono, Kaprow, George Brecht, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik, Carolee Schneeman, Jackson Mac Low, Peter Moore, Jack Smith, and many more. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos and reproductions. (Gray, Action Art: A Bibliography of Artists' Performance from Futurism to Fluxus and Beyond, 3640.) Errata slip laid into "Catalog No. B." "Was Ist Backworks?" hand-addressed in ink on rear wrap with cancelled stamps, and "First Class Mail" unobtrusively inkstamped to wraps; approx. 1" split to tail of spine, small closed tear to bottom edge of rear wrap. Age-toning to both issues. A very good set of a pair of scarce publications, comprising a significant reference on the history of avant-garde movements, as well as being among the earliest catalogs devoted to artworld ephemera. Item #567