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American (Burlington, Mass., USA 1923 - 1988)
Published by Fluxus
American
Playing Cards, late 1960s
Print
American
,
20th century
Offset lithograph on paper
9 x 6.5 cm (3 9/16 x 2 9/16 in.)
S. 505
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Barbara and Peter Moore Fluxus Collection, Margaret Fisher Fund and gift of Barbara Moore/Bound & Unbound
, M26448.27
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.
Provenance
Barbara Moore, Bound/Unbound, New York, New York, partial gift partial purchase; to Harvard University Art Museums, June 28, 2005.
Bibliography
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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