Nov 12, 2014 - Sale 2365

Sale 2365 - Lot 258

Price Realized: $ 9,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
Collection of 11 Fluxkits.

Including SHIGEKO KUBOTA. Flux Napkins, plastic box with offset label, containing red paper napkins with collage, circa 1967 * JAMES RIDDLE. E.S.P. Fluxkit, plastic box with offset label, containing one instruction card and six sheets of paper, each a different color, circa 1968 * GEORGE BRECHT. Games and Puzzles (Ball, Swim and Inclined Plane Puzzles) , clear plastic box with offset label, containing 3 instructions cards and one small black ball, 1965 * BEN VAUTIER. A Flux Suicide Kit, plastic box with offset label, with mixed media, 1967; and others. Also includes Fluxkits by PATTERSON, WATTS, and BERNER.

Fluxus, a group active from the early 1960s through the late 1970s, was an avant-garde, multimedia artistic movement founded by Lithuanian-born George Maciunas (1931-1978). With ideological ties to Dadaism, Fluxus utilized a myriad of mediums, including performance art, music, found material, ephemera, and poetry, with the idea of making art accessible while also negating its highfalutin, elitist status. Fluxus artists combined art with the everyday experience, to the point that anything had the potential to be art, and anyone was able to understand, interact with, and experience it. The use of ephemeral objects, such as the contents of these Fluxkits, emphasizes the fleeting nature of existence (the flux) that Fluxus artists aimed to capture and celebrate.