Created by The Letter Edged in Black Press, 1968
In 1968, artist and art dealer William N. Copley, and his artist friend Dimitri Petrov, fulfilled Copley’s most groundbreaking and possibly most ambitious project; a magazine in the form of mail order artists editions. Six issues of the publication were created, each containing a dozen beautifully engineered facsimiles of artworks specifically created by the artists to be part of this publication.S.M.S. bridges the gap between Surrealism, Conceptualism and Pop in the form of this miniature museum of Modern art, created with an essence of Duchamp’s Boîte-En-Valise, a touch of the institutional critique of Conceptualism, and the accessibility of Pop. The publication transcends the conventional format of a periodical magazine in just about every way possible. Recorded works from Duchamp and Le Monte Young introduce another sense to the experience, while works such as Bruce Nauman’s tape recording Footsteps, Yoko Ono’s poetic mug repair kit Mend Piece for John, and Roy Lichtenstein’s Folded Hat require a physical engagement or assembly to even experience the work.
Sadly, due to the painstakingly high production quality of the works, Copley’s S.M.S. had folded by September 1968, thus we are left with six, incredibly scarce but incredibly rich volume’s of artists’ editions. Furthermore, many of the surviving sets of S.M.S. were damaged in storage through flooding.
Condition: Fine, in original postage boxes