SMS: A Collection of Original Multiples by Portfolio

SMS: A Collection of Original Multiples by Portfolio

SMS: A Collection of Original Multiples

Portfolio

Title

SMS: A Collection of Original Multiples

 
Artist
Year
1968  
Technique
mixed technique 
Image Size
various 
Signature
unsigned 
Edition Size
unnumbered, from an edition of 2000 
Annotations
 
Reference
Davidson Galleries 2008 
Paper
various 
State
published 
Publisher
William Copley 
Inventory ID
17676 
Price
$7,000.00 
Description

The brainchild of American Surrealist William Copley, the SMS (Shit Must Stop) workshop's periodical was a portfolio of works mailed directly from the studio (Copley's own, opened to all artists) to its subscribers, for the year of 1968. Compiled of art in various media, from prints to die-cut assemblages to handwritten letters to cassette tapes and more, the result was a collaborative effort in presenting the artists to the public directly, forgoing galleries and dealers for a more intimate and powerful approach.

Despite his or her position in the art world, every contributing artist received a flat rate of $100 as payment. Published by The Letter Edged in Black Press, the works created by each artist had to be duplicated 2000 times. These included traditional techniques that could be easily reproduced, such as prints and cassette tapes, but also included unique items more laborious to replicate, such as bowties that had to be burnt individually (SMS #4), or empty pill capsules assembled and carefully placed into each portfolio box (SMS #1). Accidents were often preserved to maintain the immediacy and personal nature of the work.

Included in this complete collection of SMS portfolios are works by Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Alain Jacquet, Christo, Claes Oldenburg, Meret Oppenheim, Yoko Ono, and many others.

Images courtesy Shaun Kardinal and Davidson Galleries.