Saturday, January 26, 2008

41) Mail Art Books - Where are they?

To my knoledge in the last years there were only little publications on the subject mail-art. In the 90-ies there were some books written and published on the subject, but the new generations hardly knows about thee books. Also the accesibility of these book is low. They aren't available in libraries or bookshops........

What will happen. Do we need more books, will there eventually be more online that covers the area, or is there almost no new development in mail-art so books aren't needed? What do you think?

3 comments:

Roland Halbritter said...

... I would like to have a good book about mail art, but with its complete history not only opinions about this and that ...

Ruud Janssen - TAM said...

Hi Roland. There are actually a few of such books. Chuck Welch wrote one of them, and the oldy "Correspondance Art"is probably the best for the basis material. I just notice that these books are rare and unknown. And a more abstract history by an oursider is not really written. Most thesisses I have written do have just one view angle and that makes them not historically correct. It is a problem to find the essence of such an unknown and unseen artform.

IUOMA said...

In Januari I tested how easy it is to publish a book nowadays. The catalogue of the TAM Rubberstamp Archive is now available online at: http://www.lulu.com/content/1862885 as a hardcopy version. The digital version is also available. But for cleaver searchers it is also for free published on my own site www.iuoma.org

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