May 13, 2014 - Sale 2350

Sale 2350 - Lot 228

Price Realized: $ 15,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 20,000
Group of 7 Fluxkits.

BEN VAUTIER. A Flux Suicide Kit, 1967 * GEORGE BRECHT. Games and Puzzles (Name Kit), 1961-70 * Games and Puzzles (Ball Kit), 1961-70 * Closed on Mondays: A Flux Game, 1961-69 * JOHN CHICK. Flux Food, circa 1969 * GEORGE MACIUNAS. Excreta Fluxorum, 1973 * GEOFFREY HENDRICKS. Flux Reliquary, 1973. Each mixed-media in a plastic compartmentalized box with a label; most labels designed by Maciunas.

Ex-collection the avant-garde filmmaker Stan VanDerBeek.

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.