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Concrete Poetry and Conceptual Art

Werkstatt Aspekt: Avantgarde zwischen Kunst und Massenkultur [Workshop Aspect: avant-garde between art and mass culture], 1–3 (all published).

Vienna: werkstatt aspekt, 1964–1972. Quartos (29.7 × 21 cm). Original staple-stitched and spiral-bound printed and pictorial wrappers; 20, 32, and 52 pp. Variously printed in black, purple, and brown ink. The first issue with single leaf supplement, with mimeographed text to recto. The third issue with a five- and a three-panel foldout, printed in brown and black respectively; lacks p. 24, as issued (per colophon). Very good.

A complete run of this scarce Austrian journal which probes the nexus between poetry, art, the machine age, capitalism, and contemporary mass culture, published by “Werkstatt” (Workshop), a “society for the advancement of modern art” (Verein zur Förderung moderner Kunst”), which was founded in 1962 by Horst Lothar Renner, Brigitta Schlemmer, Gottfried Schlemmer, and Peter Schweiger. The journal's primary focus is on concrete poetry, conceptual art, and other experimental writing. The final issue features the subtitle “die medien als instrumente zur erhaltung des status quo” (media as instruments for the maintenance of the status quo), and also focuses on visual works, sonic art, and works for TV and film, such as “tv poems” and “Video Actions” by Manfred Chobot and Peter Weibel. This issue also features Hendrich and Weibel’s well-known text by Moholy-Nagy (“Neue Gestaltung in der Musik,” 1923), a pioneering essay on the potential of the phonograph and on experimenting with sound apart from visual components.

All issues feature concrete poetry, experimental prose, and theoretical essays typeset in Futura or mimeographed from typescript, with short biographical and bibliographical notes on many contributing artists. The final issue also contains reproductions of collages and conceptual art works, documentations of action art, . With original contributions and reprints of texts by Gertrude Stein, Max Bense ("Montage für Gertrude Stein"), Eugen Gomringer ("nahes", "hängen und schwingend"), Hans Carl Artmann, Konrad Bayern, Friedrich Achleitner ("vorbereitungen für eine hinrichtung - montage"), Gerhard Rühm (“7 wortkonstellationen für 4 sprecher”), Horst Lothar Renner, Hans G. Helms, Christian Ludvig, Peter Weibel (“cemetery-dictionary”, “Tele-Aktionen” and “Video-Aktionen”), S. D. Sauerbier (“Röhrenversammlung und Sprechtanz”), J. M. Krauß (“26 abendfüllende stücke”), Brigitta Schlemmer (“Notizen zu Kunst und Gesellschaft”), Bernard Höke, Leo V. Dicara, Heinrich Stoffl, Herwarth Walden, Heinz Peter Hellmuth, Friedrich Knilli, Hermann Hendrich, Moucle Blackout, Moholy-Nagy, Bruno W. Reimann, Robert Stauffer, Ernst Gölitzer, Manfred Chobot (video poems and “TV Aktion”), Wil Frenken, Valie Export, and Werner Scholz.

The third issue was published in a limited run of 400 copies, of which this is no. 326, with rubber stamp. As of January 2022, KVK and OCLC show four holdings in North America, but no complete runs.

Book ID: 51842

Price: $2,500.00