Allan KAPROW

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A collection of publications by Alan Kaprow and documenting his work, published between 1962 and 1986, consisting of 38 pieces, as follows:
- Allan Kaprow and Robert Whitman, The New York Poets Theatre presents Allan Kaprow & Robert Whitman/A Service for the Dead programme, 1962. New York, Maidman Playhouse/New York Poets Theatre, 1962. 22 × 21cm, 4pp. Mimeographed programme for Kaprow’s happening and Whitman’s filmscreening organized by Diane Di Prima at the legendary Bowery avant garde theatre on March 22, 1962.
The leaflet presents a listing of Whitman’s programme (assisted by Simone Morris) which consisted of screenings of several documented happenings. In addition it announces Kaprow’s programme featuring a list of participants and a brief artist statement from Kaprow on the international progress of the Happenings movement and on his own understanding of the stage: ‘My Happenings do not need the stage and tend to avoid most of the conventions belonging to that aspect of theater. Instead, they take place anywhere else where life can go on: the woods, in the kitchen, on the subway, in half-demolished buildings, and at the ocean. For me they have the character of rites.’
Kaprow’s contribution was mentioned as an ‘Untitled Happening’. In hindsight the performance was the first part of Kaprow's ‘A Service for the Dead’ in which the audience joined musicians in a spooky funeral procession throughout the entire theatre building, ending in the boiler room. Here a funeral service played-out for a naked woman who lay on a horizontal ladder suspended from the ceiling.
Scarce item, with no OCLC records discovered. Small chip to the upper corner of the front panel. The rear page contains an unidentified address handwritten in blue pen.
-Kaprow, Allan: How to Make a Happening. Vinyl lp., in original cover, with front-cover photo: from Allen Kaprow's Happening Household, Cornell University, 1964, by Sol Goldberg. SIGNED BY KAPROW (with date '95)
- Kaprow, Allen. Some recent Happenings. 1966. A Great Bear Pamphlet. New York. 16 pages; printed on pink stock, selfwrappers, spine stapled.
- Kaprow, Allan. Allan Kaprow: an exhibition sponsored by the Art Alliance of the Pasadena Art Museum. 1967. Illustrated card covers with spiral binding. Fine
- Kaprow, Allan. Self-service: a Happening by Allan Kaprow. In connection with The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and The Pasadena Art Museum. Sunday, June 12, [1967]. 6 mimeographed sheets printed one side and bound with a single staple. Top edge a little rough; small closed tear on right edge of cover; blank verso of final page browned.
-Kaprow, Allan. Untitled Essay and other works. 1967. Great Bear Pamphlet, 16 pages on light blue stock, spinestapled.
- Kaprow, Allan. Fluids – A Happening (Poster). Pasadena Art Museum. Original artist poster describing a “happening” in Pasadena on October 1967 during a three day stretch in which about twenty rectangular en¬closures of ice blocks (measuring about 30 feet long, 10 wide and 8 high) are to be built throughout the city. Their walls are to be unbroken. Then they are left to melt. Poster is 14 x 18” tall when opened. This copy folded thrice for mailing, else a very good to near fine example. This copy was mailed to fluxus artist Jackson MacLow with his address sticker and stamp to verso.
- Kaprow, Allan. Photoalbum. Moving, a happening by Allan Kaprow, Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, 1967 (novembre), 21,6x14 cm., 16 unnumbered pages incl. wrapper. Photographic illustrations in b/w on each page. Design: Allan Kaprow.
- Kaprow, Allan. 1968. Runner. took place along a private suburban roadway outside St. Louis. On the first day, a mile’s length of tar paper, weighted with cinder blocks placed every twenty feet, was laid along the shoulder of the road. This procedure was repeated twice the next day, the second and third layers of tar paper and blocks being laid over the first, beginning at opposite ends of the mile-long stretch each time. On the third day, all three layers were removed fro m the roadside. The activity of placing the blocks on the tar paper became something of a body mantra -a constant, incremental measure of the physical experience of working one’s way across the land. This copy mailed to Hansjoachim Dietrich of the Verlag Kalender.
- Kaprow, Allan. Round Trip. A Happening by Allan Kaprow. 1968. (43 x 55.5 cm). Black print on white paper, folded. Offset lithograph. Announcement poster, addressed to Hansjoachim Dietrich, stamped, and postmarked on verso. - [Round Trip: was a happening that involved the rolling and unrolling of a ball of paper, cardboard and string. Organised by The University of New York, Albany, taking place in March, 1968.] With reproduction of photograph by Peter Moore.
-Kaprow, Allen. Overtime. A Happening (for Walter De Maria). (1968). (53 x 41 cm). Black print on white paper, folded. Offset lithograph. Announcement poster, addressed to Hansjoachim Dietrich, stamped, and postmarked on verso. With reproduction of a photograph by Peter Moore.
- Kaprow, Allan. Transfer. A Happening (For Christo). Wesleyan University, 1968. B/w offset lithograph, 28 x 55 cm. Folded in four. Announcement and call to participate in a Kaprow Happening with barrels. Black address stamp of Allan Kaprow, mailed to Tjeerd Deelstra. Toning on verso. Moderate creasing and browning (heavy on verso) with small tears along the outer edges of the vertical fold and along the left and right margins.
- Kaprow, Allan. Arrivals. Nassau Community College, 1968. Poster for happening on an abandoned airstrip in Long Island. B/w offset lithograph, 53 x 38 cm. Folded twice. Toning along center fold, overall a fine copy mailed to Tjeerd Deelstra, contains address stamp of Allan Kaprow.
- Kaprow, Allan. Population. A Happening by Allan Kaprow. (1968).Black print on white paper, folded. Offset lithograph. Announcement poster, addressed to Tjeerd Deelstra, stamped, and postmarked on verso, with address stamp of Kaprow. The Population happening was organised by Colby Junior College, New Hampshire, April 1968.
- Kaprow, Allan, Course. A Happening by Allan Kaprow. (1969).(53 x 38 cm).Black print on white paper, folded. Offset lithograph. Announcement poster. Participants were invited to dig tributaries in a river, then to use buckets to remove the water from those tributaries to carry them to tributaries upstream, until finally there were no more tributaries. Commissioned by the University of Iowa, May 9, 1969. Toning along center folds and some edges, with some creasing/rubbing in the center at the folds. Includes the original mailing envelope sent to Deelstra by Kaprow, with red address stamp of the artist, post marked Nov 1 1969. - Kaprow, Allan. Homemovies. A marriage Happening for Catherine + Daniel Schmidt some time after their marriage-July 11, 12, 13.1969). (43 x 28 cm). Black print on white paper, folded. Offset lithograph. Announcement poster. The first phase of Kaprow’s happening consisted of videotaping the Schmidts as they greeted each other, took leave of each other, and left together. Then the videotapes were shown to a group of friends, who were asked to imitate the couple. The imitations were videotaped and shown to the couple, who then imitated the imitations in the presence of their friends.
-Kaprow, Allan. Pose: carrying through the city; sitting down here and there; photographed; pix left on spot; going on. Note: occurred in and around Berkeley, California, March 22, 23, 1969 [title on manila envelope]. NY: Multiples, 1970. 7 stiff sheets with illustrations, (27. 5 x 20 cm), in printed manila envelope. One sheet was overprinted with one of the other images, but the obliterated picture is supplied in a photocopy by the previous collector (most described copies only mention 7 sheets).
- Kaprow, Allan. Six Ordinary Happenings by Allan Kaprow. Berkeley California, 1969. B/w offset lithograph, 73 x 58.5 cm. Folded three times. Announcement for a series of events taking place in March, April, and May 1969. Illustrated with photographs, with texts describing each of the Happenings, and instructions on how to participate. Some toning else fine.
- Kaprow, Allan. Graft: An Activity by Allan Kaprow. Kent State University, 1970. B/w offset lithograph, 53 x 40 cm. Folded twice. Browning and stain on bottom center, else fine. Includes original envelope sent to Deelstra, with address stamp of the artist, postmarked March 4 1970
- Kaprow, Allan. Days off: a calendar of Happenings…. NY: Junior Council of the Museum of Modern Art, 1970. About 64 pp. of newsprint (38,5x27,5), bound at the top with three large staples and punched with two holes. An illustrated calendar of Happenings. Photograph by Peter Moore on the front page. (A gouge near the top edge of the cover a few small tears on the sides of some pages and some staining on the back leaf and the bottom edge). Still a very good copy of this fragile piece.
- Kaprow, Allan. Time pieces 7/12/73. Pulse exchange. 9 sheets printed both sides, except final blank, and bound with 1 staple. 21 x 29.7 cm (oversquare). Soiled and with creases and wear at edges.
- Kaprow, Allan. On time. Paris: Galerie Gerald Piltzer, performed 21/9/74. [16] pp., illustrated; white self covers, stapled in spine, 21 x 29.7 cm. Lightly foxed.
- Kaprow, Allan. 2 measures. Torino: Martano Editore, 1974. [40] pp., illustrated; glued into white white cover, , 34 x 24.5 cm.
- Kaprow, Allan. 2nd routine. NY: sponsored by Stefanotty Gallery, March 11, 1974. [12] pp., illustrated; white cover, stapled in spine. (28x16cm). Front cover rather foxed and soiled, but INSCRIBED by Kaprow ("For Elly and David Antin, in friendship").
- Kaprow, Allan. Rates of exchange. 15/2/1975. NY:D'Arc Press, 1975. [8]pages, black covers, stapled.
- Kaprow, Allan. Comfort zone. Madrid: Galeria Vandrès, June 1975. [28] pp., illustrated; black covers, stapled in the spine, 32.6 x 22.4 cm. Lightly worn.
- Kaprow, Allan. Echo-logy. NY: D’Arc Press, 1975. [12] pp., illustrated; black covers, stapled in the spine. (30,3x22,6 cm). Fine.
- Kaprow, Allan. Likely Stories. Milano, Luciano Anselmo, Grafic Olimpia, 1975. 32 pages on artpaper, with photographs, kept in grey covers (light soilage to cover). August 1975 (photos: Jürgen Müller-Schneck). Published for the proposed happening in Milano in December 1975.
- Kaprow, Allan. Match. Wuppertal, Germany: Kunst- und Museumsverein, July 1975. [12] pp., illustrated; black covers, stapled in the spine. (29.5 x 21 cm).
- Kaprow, Allan. Routine. 1975. [8] pp., illustrated; white covers, stapled in the spine (27,9x21,5cm).
- Kaprow, Allan. Air condition. 1975. [8] pp., illustrated; white cover, stapled in the spine (27,9x21,5cm).
- Kaprow, Allan. Likely Stories. Milano, Luciano Anselmo, Grafic Olimpia, 1975. 32 pages on artpaper, with photographs, kept in grey covers (light soilage to cover). August 1975 (photos: Jürgen Müller-Schneck). Published for the proposed happening in Milano in December 1975.
- Kaprow, Allan. Warm-ups. September, 1975. [12] pp., illustrated; black covers, stapled in the spine (27,9x21,5cm).
- Kaprow, Allan. 7 kinds of sympathy. Bochum, Germany: Gallerie Baecker, 1976. [12] pp., illustrated; black covers, stapled in the spine (27,9x21,5 cm).
- Kaprow, Allan. Maneuvers. Napoli: Framart/Studio, March 1976. [12] pp. illustrated; black cover, stapled in the spine (32.4 x 24.5 cm).
- Kaprow, Allan. Sweet wall testimonials. Berlin: Edition Rene Block, 1976. [32] pp. illustrated; black covers, stapled in the spine (22,8x15 cm).
- Kaprow, Allan. Testimonials. Bochum, Germany: Gallerie Baecker, 1976. [8] pp., illustrated; black covers, Stapled in the spine (27,9x21,5 cm). Light wear.
- Kaprow, Allan. Satisfaction. NY: M.L. D’Arc Gallery, 1976. [12] pp., illustrated; black covers, stapled (27,9x21,5 cm). Fine.
- Kaprow, Allan. Standards. Cedar Falls: University of Northern Iowa, 1979. [32] pp., illustrated; white covers, stapled. (28x 21,5cm). A bit foxed.
- Kaprow, Allan. Collagen, Environments, Videos, Broschüren, Geschichten, Happening- und Activity-Dokumente 1956-1986. Dortmund: Museum am Ostwall, 1986. INSCRIBED by Kaprow "For Ellie and David with fondness and admiration, Allen 1986". Profusely illustrated, [150] pp.; printed covers of corrugated cardboard bound with 2 brass post screws, 17 x 27 cm (oblong).

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