Back in the day, eh Mink Rancher?


Page from Thierry Tillier’s (Belgium) zine Anatolie Au Cafe de L’Aube (circa 1970s?)

Rummaging through the MinXus USA Archives today to check our Blaster Al holdings, we came across Thierry Tillier’s zine (circulated through the mail-art network and containing work by many mail-artists) that we somehow acquired.

Note the ad for Sphinx (we think it might have been a German zine) issue 7/8. Contributors include George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg, Dick Higgins, and Jackson MacLow (very Fluxy, except for Allen). We hear much today about the “old” network and “old” Fluxus. As you can see, that was what the old network was. Those folks bent over backwards to be accessible. You could often correspond with them and find yourself in mail-art zines with them (precursor to blogs). That’s what “Art is for Everyone” is about.

And to be admittedly a little catty – we haven’t seen Sphinx 7/8, but we are confident those folks weren’t trading postcards with cute kittens and painted Easter eggs.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. minxuslynxus
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 00:13:50

    Je comprends pas vraiment 😦


  2. Dark wall
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 00:26:42

    What don’t you understand?

    Correction: Sphinx was a French zine. A publication with all those Fluxus people would be fascinating to see (forget that it would be gigantically collectible). For example, I have seen very little by George Maciunas published outside his own publications.


  3. minxuslynxus
    Mar 24, 2013 @ 00:31:16

    Ah, OK. Thanks. I didn’t get the context. The paragraphs in French are quite complex a read, even in my own language. It makes more sense now, thank you.
    The Sphinx winks at the Minx.


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