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CATALOG NO. B. PERFORMANCE: PHOTOGRAPHS OF A DECADE 1959-69, Backworks, New York, 1976-77. 1st Edition. quarto, pp. 24, 27 x 21 cm, publisher's stapled photo-illustrated newsprint wraps, printed on newsprint stock. Errata slip added. A book/photo/ephemera/small objects catalogs devoted to Fluxus and related postwar and contemporary avant-garde art and performance groups, issued 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 who 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. Scarce and significant reference on the history of avant-garde movements, among the earliest catalogs devoted to artworld ephemera. €150