Playing Cards
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
M26448.27
People
Bob Watts, American (Burlington, Mass., USA 1923 - 1988)
Published by Fluxus, American
Title
Playing Cards
Classification
Prints
Work Type
print
Date
late 1960s
Culture
American
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Offset lithograph on paper
Technique
Photolithograph
Dimensions
9 x 6.5 cm (3 9/16 x 2 9/16 in.)
Provenance
Barbara Moore, Bound/Unbound, New York, New York, partial gift partial purchase; to Harvard University Art Museums, June 28, 2005.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
S. 505
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Barbara and Peter Moore Fluxus Collection, Margaret Fisher Fund and gift of Barbara Moore/Bound & Unbound
Accession Year
2005
Object Number
M26448.27
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
A set of seven designs for altered playing cards. Six of Watts' designs were used at the backs for the program of the Fluxorchestra at Carnegie Recital Hall on June 27, 1964, and five of the seven cards have this printing on the verso. The cards were meant as prototypes for a complete deck, which was never produced because Maciunas was unable to find anyone to print the cards cheaply enough.
Publication History

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008)

Exhibition History

Multiple Strategies: Beuys, Maciunas, Fluxus, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/24/2007 - 06/10/2007

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Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted