honoriartist (honoriartist) wrote,

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private eye essay research

Happy New Year LJ Friends! May the new year bring you all good health, happiness, and surprisingly creative paths!

My research for an essay on Money and Mail Art is much more fun than academic job-hunting. I'm feeling more like a private eye. I've been interviewing 2 mail artists in France and I'm sending a letter to the gallery owner who is organizing the mail art auction. I'm even thinking of offering the essay for inclusion in the catalog. It would be interesting to put the essay on the controversy about mail art and money right into the catalog wouldn't it? That would be publishing the mail artists' side right in their perceived enemy's camp. And, as an academic, I'm always looking for places to publish:-)

My "little" essay on mail art and money is growing rapidly larger than I first imagined since finding the www.boek861.com multilingual discussion that Clemete Padin initiated. I used Google language tools to translate much of the Spanish poets' views -- a rather intense experience in viewing poetry through the lenses of technology.

NILDA SALDAMANDO-DIAZ, experimental poet, Chile
The news received from Paris - city espectáctulo- does not do more than to confirm the spectacle to that it summons to us …
Who gives more?
Who gives more what?
Freedom? Equality? Brotherhood?
They want dineroooooooo!
They want dineroooooooo!

It is important to have auction organizer, Marc Florant's ideas well represented in the essay in order to reveal a balanced picture of sales as an emerging trend in mail art. The mail art sales I've heard about are John Held Jr's sale of some of his publications collection to the Getty and Held's donation of 11 boxes of mail art and letters to the Smithsonian Institution's Document Archive, and Anna Banana's sale to the Canadian Postal Museum. I've heard about people who donated their collections to universities such as Judith Hoffberg and Mark Bloch. One of my French correspondents donated 3500 pieces of mail art to the French Museum of the Post in Paris in 1991. It seems that there is a small market for mail art in France that is associated with shops of philatelists, merchants for a range of customers such as buyers of rare stamps, rare postcards, rare letters ...

A subtopic of the money/mail art debate is the mail art sold for charity, but I am not addressing the charity issue in my essay-in-progress.

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