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Mr. Fluxus

A Collective Portrait of George Maciunas 1931-1978

Emmett Williams, Ann Noël


A biography of one of the key figures in the history of 20th-century art


George Maciunas was the founding member and leader of Fluxus – the most radical and experimental art movement of the 1960’s. Members rejected the traditional systems of high art, practising an extraordinary form of anti-art which encompassed everything from photography and pavement art to poetry and drama.

Maciunas was both clown and serious revolutionary, ruling the ‘non-movement’ Fluxus autocratically, yet poking fun at himself as he did so. What emerges from this collection of impressions and anecdotes is an informative portrait that is, by turns, funny, shocking, tragic, yet often hilarious. Friends, enemies and former Fluxus colleagues have contributed to this memoir of a man who saw it as his mission to change the world, starting with the world of art.

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Further Details


Format: Hardback

Size: 24.0 x 17.0 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Illustrations: 107

Publication date: 3 November 1997

ISBN: 9780500974612

About the Author

Emmett Williams (1925 – 2007) was an internationally respected poet, performer, painter and printmaker, became involved with the Fluxus movement in the early 1960’s.

Ann Noël has lived and worked in Berlin since 1980. Her multidisciplinary background integrate painting, graphic design, printmaking, photography and performance.

List of Contributors

Emmett Williams, Ann Noël