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Berlin Journal of Concrete Art

ZAAZ, nos. 1–8 (all published).

Berlin: Arbeitsgemeinschaft ZAAZ, 1966. Quartos (30 × 21.5 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; each 16 pp. (one issue 20 pp). Illustrated throughout. About very good; light wear and occasional rust to staples.

Complete run (eight issues in seven fascicles) of this striking, yet short-lived Berlin Op Art and constructivist art periodical. The print runs were initially 1500 copies, then 500 copies, and eventually the self-funded journal was unable so sustain itself financially, even though it was met with enthusiasm and subscriptions by curators and collectors. The initiators and contributors included Manfred Gräf, Joachim Ickrath, Gabriele Ickrath, Friedmann Rehm, and Francoise Rehm, all of whom were interested in the potential of constructivist and concrete art, as well as forays into typography, caricature, and concrete poetry, while eliminating individual and emotional aspects of the art work. The title also seems to reflect this aim, being simply composed of the first and last letter of the alphabet, inverted and repeated.

As of March 2023, KVK, OCLC show four institutional holdings in North America, at least one of which is incomplete.

Book ID: 52642

Price: $1,500.00