POSTAL NRS 2 – 8. 1970 – 1971. AN INCOMPLETE BUT CONTINUOUS RUN OF THIS IMPORTANT CONCEPTUAL MAIL ART PROJECT.

£1,450.00

London/New York: s.p. (Collins), 1970/1971
Seven separate publications all from the mail art series POSTAL issued by Collins as part of the artist’s photographic and conceptual art practice. Missing only the very first (rare) number this is a continuous run that comprises the following:

INTRODUCTION PIECES POSTAL 2 1970
30 x 21cm, 4pp. Texts in English, German and French explaining Collins’ interest in works where the artist introduces himself to complete strangers and introducing them to other complete strangers. One b/w self portrait and tear off slips allowing the recipient to order photocopy reproductions of the works . VG+.

DELEGATION PROPOSAL 1 POSTAL 3 1970
30 x 21cm, 4pp. Texts in English, German and French explaining Collins’ interest in works where the artist introduces himself to complete strangers and photographing the meeting. One b/w portrait of one such meeting and tear off slips allowing the recipient to order photocopy reproductions of the works . VG+ although folded for mailing.

INTERIM TRAVEL PROPOSAL 1 POSTAL 4 1970
30 x 21cm, 4pp. Texts in English, German and French explaining Collins’ interest in works where the artist introduces himself to complete strangers and photographing the meeting in London, Paris and New York. Tear off slips allowing the recipient to order photocopy reproductions of the works . VG+ although folded for mailing.

’SET” PIECE 3 POSTAL 5 1970
30 x 21cm, 4pp. Texts in English, German and French explaining Collins’ interest in works where the artist introduces himself to complete strangers and asks them to write a message to him. Tear off slips allowing the recipient to order photocopy reproductions of the works . VG+ although folded for mailing and there is a mailing address slip glued on but deliberately with a second label over the top. Collins had moved to the USA by this point and this was the first POSTAL sent out from NYC.

SEMIOTIC ASPECTS POSTAL 6 1971
30 x 21cm, 4pp. Text in English discussing the role of messages in semiotics . VG+ although folded for mailing.

CONTEXTS POSTAL 7 1971
21 x 15cm, 8pp. Stapled. Texts in English, German and French taking quotations from “Semiotic Aspects” where the artist considers the role of messages in semiotics . VG+ although one slight dog ear bottom right on the first two pages.

CONTEXTS POSTAL 8 1971
21 x 15cm, 8pp. Stapled. Texts in English, German and French taking quotations from the earlier POSTAL mailings . VG+.

Reference: Lucy Lippard The Dematerialisation of the Art Object Pgs 177 and 225/226.

The price is for all 7 numbers as a group.

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