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Fluxus in Yugoslavia

Mixed Media.

Beograd: Nezavisno autorsko izdanje, 1970. Quarto (26 × 26 cm). Original string-bound decorative wrappers; 104 pp. Illustrations throughout. Very good; in protective mylar.

An influential neo-avant-garde pro-Fluxus volume of writing and collages by the Serbo-Croatian and Yugoslav writer, translator and dissident Bora Ćosić (b.1932). Starting with his translation of the Russian futurists, Ćosić was one of the first to research historical avant-gardes in Yugoslavia, publishing first reprints of the Dadaist magazines Dada Tank and Dada Jazz. Ćosić also edited independent magazines throughout the 1960s for which he produced experimental writing. In 1969–1970 he published a mixed media magazine Rok which was “both an art magazine and a work of art”. Art historian Miško Šuvaković writes: “In the theoretical sense and in terms of concept, Rok was the pinnacle of the Belgrade neo-avant-garde, joining together, within the integral context of a magazine, experiments in literature, essay, poetry, painting, and music, referencing the international strategies of neo-Dada and Fluxus” (See Dubravka Djurić and Miško Šuvaković eds. Impossible Histories: Historical Avant-Gardes, Neo-avant-gardes, and Post-avant-gardes in Yugoslavia, 1918-1991, p. 28). This volume, a kind of an artist book, is a culmination of his work on Rok. A strong opponent of Serbian nationalism, Ćosić moved to Berlin in 1992.

Scarce in the trade.

Book ID: 51932

Price: $1,500.00