ART CRITICISM, THEORY AND HISTORY

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Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins

Edited by Steve Clay, Ken Friedman. Afterword by Hannah Higgins.

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Dick Higgins and his Something Else Press epitomized the riotous art of the ‘60s

There are few art-world figures as influential—and as little known—as Dick Higgins (1938–98), cofounder of Fluxus, "polyartist," poet, scholar, theorist, composer, performer and, not least, the publisher of the legendary Something Else Press. In 1965 he restored the term "intermedia" to the English language, giving it new dimension to recognize the dissolution of boundaries between traditional modes of art-making and the open field for new forms that cannot be compartmentalized. His own contributions to intermedia are many—as a participant and instigator of happenings, as writer and composer straddling traditional and vanguard forms, among others—but it was Something Else Press (1963–74) that redefined how "the book" could inhabit that energized, in-between space.

Something Else Press was as much a critical statement and radical experiment as it was a collection of books by some of the most luminary artists and writers of the 20th century: Gertrude Stein, John Cage, Ray Johnson, Dieter Roth, Bern Porter, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Emmett Williams, Robert Filliou, and George Brecht, among many others. Along with his Great Bear Pamphlet series and the Something Else newsletter, Higgins exploited and subverted conventional book production and marketing strategies to get unconventional and avant-garde works into the hands of new and often unsuspecting readers.

Edited by Granary Books publisher Steve Clay and Fluxus artist Ken Friedman, this judiciously curated and indispensable compendium of essays, theoretical writings and narrative prose dives deep into the ever-influential ideas that Higgins explored in theory and practice. Clay and Friedman have chosen works that illuminate Higgins' voracious intellectual appetite, encyclopedic body of knowledge and playful yet rigorous experimentation in a selection that includes many writings long out of print or difficult to find.


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PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The Brooklyn Rail

Jennie Waldow

This volume contains a wealth of primary source texts which attest to Higgins’s ability to put words to the swirling cacophony of postwar art.

Kirkus

A provocative firsthand account delving into the importance of artist collectives, the making of hybrid art forms, and the trials of independent publishing.

Glasstire

Michael Galbreth

Essential reading for any young artist who is ready to strike out into something new, something else.

Artforum

Natilee Harren

An intoxicating, multifaceted bouquet of various genres of Higgins’s writing, the anthology highlights the artist’s role as participant-historian in numerous early postmodern currents across the visual arts, literature, music, theater, and dance.

Hyperallergic

James Gibbons

Apart from its value in making several had-to-find essays available, this volume imparts a nuanced sense of a man who not only styled himself an avant-garde philosophe (not unlike his teacher John Cage) but also made a sustained and messy effort to create a worldly space for a certain kind of art, performance, and writing—and life.

Bookforum

Brian Dillon

It's an unruly guide to publishing and preserving one's cultural present.

Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins

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Something Else Press: A Love Letter to the Future at Printed Matter

Something Else Press: A Love Letter to the Future at Printed Matter

Tuesday, April 30 from 5–7 PM, Printed Matter presents three publishers in conversation about Dick Higgins’s influence and legacy. Join Damon Krukowski of Exact Change, James Hoff of Primary Information and Lisa Pearson of Siglio as they converse about Higgins’s influence on their own publishing projects, the extraordinary lineage of the Something Else Press in the wider publishing community, and how SEP continues to ignite an expansive field of possibilities. Conversation begins at 5:30 PM.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/29/2018

Steve Clay, Joshua Beckman, Steve McCaffery & Tracie Morris celebrate Dick Higgins' Selected Writings at Poets House

Steve Clay, Joshua Beckman, Steve McCaffery & Tracie Morris celebrate Dick Higgins' Selected Writings at Poets House

Tuesday, December 4 at 7PM, Poets House presents panelists Steve Clay, Joshua Beckman, Steve McCaffery and Tracie Morris celebrating the release of Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins, published by Siglio.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/8/2018

'Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins' launch at Printed Matter

'Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins' launch at Printed Matter

Thursday, November 8 from 6-8 PM, Printed Matter and Siglio Press present the launch of Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins. Join us for a wide-ranging conversation about Dick Higgins’ writings and legacy with curator/art historian Alice Centamore, Higgins editor and Granary Books publisher Steve Clay, Siglio publisher Lisa Pearson and Emily Harvey Foundation director Christian Xatrec.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/25/2018

ARTFORUM reviews 'Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins'

ARTFORUM reviews 'Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins' for ARTFORUM

"Dick Higgins, Fluxus affiliate and founder of the Something Else Press, once described the books he published as a series of 'love letters to the future.' A new volume of writings by the artist, composed between 1962 and 1997 and selected by Steve Clay and Ken Friedman, delivers on this promise, making Higgins’ underappreciated contributions as publisher, editor, patron, theorist and historian of the 1960s neo-avant-gardes legible to today’s students and scholars of the marginal, obscure and quirkily experimental. An intoxicating, multifaceted bouquet of various genres of Higgins’s writing, the anthology highlights the artist’s role as participant-historian in numerous early postmodern currents across the visual arts, literature, music, theater and dance. Above all, Higgins served as a mouthpiece for Fluxus, concrete and sound poetry and intermedia—the latter a term he adopted and reinvented in the mid-sixties to describe the myriad new practices that probed the gaps between established mediums and disciplines." Read the entirety of Natilee Harren's review here. And see other staff favorite Holiday Gift Books here. continue to blog


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