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Specific Object's Quarantine Reading List

For Something Curated we've put together a shortlist of books we're thinking of durning the worldwide quarantine.

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America, why hast thou forsaken us. James Baldwin:
  • ephemera
  • offset-printed
  • black-and-white & color
  • 27.9 x 16.4 cm.
  • [1] pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered

America, why hast thou forsaken us. James Baldwin: "Civil disobedience for equality." We won't pay rent.

James Baldwin

Single sided flyer / announcement calling for a rent strike [organized by CORE (Congress of Racial Equality)] in the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Harlem neighborhoods in New York in 1963 in response to the white supremacist terrorist bombing of a Birmingham church which killed four black children and injured others. ... [details]

$400.00
Condition:  Very Good. Light bumping of lower left corner and light yellowing of paper from age, otherwise clean and unmarked.
[Object # 25207]
Maytime [aka : MAYTIME YAMTIME. YAM FESTIVAL CALENDAR]
  • ephemera
  • offset-printed
  • duotone
  • 56 x 21.5 cm.
  • [2] pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered

Maytime [aka : MAYTIME YAMTIME. YAM FESTIVAL CALENDAR]

George Brecht, Robert Watts, Ben Patterson, Dick Higgins, Mary Ashley, Robert Ashley, Philip Krumm, Carolyn Fozznick, Robert Breer, Earle Brown, Joseph Byrd, John Cage, Barney Childs, Philip Corner, Lucia Dlugosqewski, Robert Filliou, Malcolm Goldstein, Al Hansen, Spencer Holst, Terry Jennings, Ray Johnson, Jill Johnston, Joe Jones, Alison Knowles, Arthur Køpcke, Takehisa Kosugi, Gary Kuehn, Peter Longazo, George Maciunas, Jackson Mac Low, Robert Morris, Robin Page, Yvonne Rainer, Diter Rot [Dieter Roth], Tomas Schmit, Robert Swisshelm, James Tenney, Stan Van Der Beek, James Waring, Diane Wakoski, Emmett Williams, Christian Wolff, La Monte Young

Double sided oversized flyer / poster / calendar for Yam Festival events presented at Smolin Gallery, New York, May 1 - 31, 1963. Design credited to George Brecht and Robert Watts. Calendar notes events held daily through the course of the month of May. ... [details]

New York, NY: Smolin Gallery,
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$950.00
Condition:  Fair / Poor. Folded once as issued. Losses along edges and closed separation along fold. Discoloration along fold. Moving away from edges the work is in Good condition. See image for accurate rendering of condition issues. Sold "as-is."
[Object # 23402]
Unique Drawing by Ray Johnson Sent to Raymond Saroff
  • unique artwork
  • offset-printed
  • loose card[s] in envelope
  • duotone
  • 10.5 x 24 cm. (envelope) ; 7.5 x 12.8 cm (artwork)
  • [1] pp. envelope) ; [1] pp. (artwork)
  • edition size 1
  • signed and unnumbered

Unique Drawing by Ray Johnson Sent to Raymond Saroff

Ray Johnson, Raymond Saroff

Unique drawings on a found black-and-white image torn from a book or magazine of a man exercising. Wings are drawn on the man and three snake-like forms surround the photographs. Signed twice by Johnson and dated June 8 - Raymond, (Saroff). ... [details]

$2,500.00
Condition:  Very Good. Hand addressed envelope. Drawing on photograph has 3.5 cm. area of yellowing from a removed adhesive. Light yellowing around perimeter of envelope window and on verso from acidity in the adhesives. Additional light mailing wear.
[Object # 5264]
Santa Claus vs. The Creature from The Black Lagoon
  • editioned print
  • offset-printed
  • 14.4 x 11.1 cm.
  • [4] pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • signed and unnumbered

Santa Claus vs. The Creature from The Black Lagoon

Robert Smithson

A hand-made Christmas card by Smithson, featuring an offset reproduction of a collage of the Coca-Cola Santa Claus, The Creature from The Black Lagoon, and an outer-space scene. Interior has rubber-stamp printing of "Santa Claus vs. ... [details]

New York, NY: Robert Smithson,
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A Book About Death :  [Aunt Fritzi -- What's This?] [Page Three]
  • ephemera
  • offset-printed
  • black-and-white
  • 35.5 x 21.5 cm.
  • [1] pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered

A Book About Death : [Aunt Fritzi -- What's This?] [Page Three]

Ray Johnson

The third page of an ongoing mail art project by Ray Johnson, sent out in [1963]. The pages, collectively referred to as "A Book About Death," were sent out as individual pages by Ray Johnson to friends and associates between 1963 and 1965. [details]

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A Book About Death, [Cigar Bands] [Page Two]
  • ephemera
  • offset-printed
  • black-and-white
  • 35.5 x 21.5 cm.
  • [1] pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered

A Book About Death, [Cigar Bands] [Page Two]

Ray Johnson

The second page of an ongoing mail art project by Ray Johnson, sent out in [1963]. The pages, collectively referred to as "A Book About Death," were sent out as individual pages by Ray Johnson to friends and associates between 1963 and 1965. [details]

$350.00
Condition:  Very Good. Folded in four as issued. Light rubbing along fold lines and yellowing from age, otherwise clean and unmarked.
[Object # 25529]
A Book About Death :  [Andy Warhol Postage Stamps] [Page Five]
  • ephemera
  • offset-printed
  • black-and-white
  • 35.5 x 21.5 cm.
  • [1] pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered

A Book About Death : [Andy Warhol Postage Stamps] [Page Five]

Ray Johnson

The fifth page of an ongoing mail art project by Ray Johnson, sent out in [1963]. The pages, collectively referred to as "A Book About Death," were sent out as individual pages by Ray Johnson to friends and associates between 1963 and 1965. [details]

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A Book About Death by Ray Johnson [Page One]
  • ephemera
  • offset-printed
  • black-and-white
  • 35.5 x 21.5 cm.
  • [1] pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered

A Book About Death by Ray Johnson [Page One]

Ray Johnson

The first page of an ongoing mail art project by Ray Johnson, sent out in [1963]. The pages, collectively referred to as "A Book About Death," were sent out as individual pages by Ray Johnson to friends and associates between 1963 and 1965. [details]

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Announcing The Pop Festival
  • ephemera
  • offset-printed
  • monochrome
  • 14.8 x 22.2 cm. (folded) ; 44.2 x 22.2 cm. (unfolded)
  • [6] pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered

Announcing The Pop Festival

John Cage, David Tudor, Claes Oldenburg, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Judith Dunn, Fred Herko, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Dunn, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Breer, Stan Brakhage, Rudolph Burckhardt, Bruce Conner, Ron Rice, Stan Vanderbeek

Program / calendar of events for "The Pop Festival" held in April - May, 1963 held in connection with the "Popular Image Exhibition," organized by the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, D.C. ... [details]

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The Living Theatre : 1963
  • ephemera
  • pictorial wrappers
  • offset-printed
  • staple bound
  • black-and-white
  • 24.1 x 15.9 cm.
  • [8] pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered

The Living Theatre : 1963

Kenneth H. Brown, Judith Malina

Program for the play "The Brig" produced during the 1963 season at the Living Theatre. Written by Kenneth H. Brown, directed by Judith Malina. Includes biographies of the actors. [details]

$75.00
Condition:  Very Good. Folded in half. Light bumping of edges and corners. 1.5 cm. of soiling to recto and light rubbing with three 1 mm. spots of soiling to verso. Contents clean and unmarked.
[Object # 25221]
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