Invitation for Ay-O's Rainbow Staircase Environment, "A Fluxfest Presentation", held at 363 Canal Street, New York, on November 20, 1965, from 7 to 10 pm, with $1 entry admission charged, the invitation designed by George Maciunas. Offset lithograph printed in black text on cream-colored paper, overall dimensions 5 3/4 x 2 3/16 inches, folded accordion-style to mimic a staircase,. Some slight toning, overall excellent. Together with: Ay-O. Environment No. 9. Rainbow Ames's Box and Rainbow Paintings, "Happy End" Series, a catalog for the exhibition held at the Minami Gallery in Tokyo from February 4 through 15, 1974, 6 pp., with text in English and Japanese including a biography of Ay-O, lists of exhibitions, Rainbow Happenings, and Rainbow Environments, and a list of prizes won, illustrated profusely throughout from black and white photographs. 4to. Original wrpps. Some soiling and damp-staining to interior and exterior, overall very good. New York and Tokyo, 1965 and 1974.
Takao Iijima, better known as Ay-O, is a Japanese avant-garde artist associated with Fluxus since the movement went international in the 1960s. He became known as the "Rainbow Man" for his use of colorful rainbow stripes in his artwork. Some of his paintings consist of simple but numerous rainbow gradations. At the 1970 Osaka World's Fair, he built the "Tactile Rainbow Room", and in the late 1980s he did a series of Rainbow Happenings, including a Rainbow Eiffel Tower project in Paris.
As of August 2021, OCLC does not locate a single holding of the Rainbow Staircase Environment invitation, although we are aware of one institutional holding in North America. OCLC locates four holdings of the Environment No. 9 exhibition catalogue in North American institutions.
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