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Object: Blips on Cover
Series: S.M.S. No. 6
White paper folder printed on both sides with a black lozenge shape (Artschwager's signature 'blp') in the centre of each half and on the four inner flaps. Most of the shapes have an 'aura' composed from small dots. Pale splatters of coffee are printed across the cover on both sides of the sheet. 1968
Offset lithograph on paper
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Height: 278 millimetres (folder (closed))
Height: 506 millimetres (sheet (unfolded), irreg)
Width: 348 millimetres (irreg)
Width: 176 millimetres
Depth: 17 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This print is the inner cover design for a folder that originally contained 11 other artworks that together made up the 'S.M.S. No. 6' portfolio.
S.M.S., which stands for 'Shit Must Stop', is a collection of 73 original multiples presented in six portfolios, each of which was produced in an edition of approximately 2000. The project was founded by William Copley (1919-1976), the American artist, writer, collector, patron, publisher and gallerist, who set up The Letter Edged in Black Press with Dmitri Petrov to publish the works. The portfolios were released over the course of 1968 (in February, April, June, August, October and December) and were posted out to subscribers for the affordable price of $125.
The works in each portfolio are presented in a folder designed by a different artist. Each folder also contains a title page (with a different design for each portfolio), listing the names of the contributors and the titles of their works, and a 'Sequence of Insertion' - a piece of paper with a diagram of the opened-out folder indicating the order in which the works should be arranged. Each portfolio is housed in a box made from corrugated cardboard in the style of a mail box, with a flap to secure it at the back. The front of each box has a black border composed of dots and dashes and a red rectangle containing the name and address of The Letter Edged in Black Press in the top left corner. For more information about the project, see the curatorial comment for 2015,7052.1.1.
S.M.S. No. 6 was sent out to subscribers in December 1968. The BM copy is incomplete and only contains the folder and two other artworks (2015,7052.6.1-3). The portfolio is still in the original cardboard box, which measures 190 x 345 x 27 mm. The title page is printed on white wove paper with the same broken black border as the boxes and measures 178 x 267 mm. In addition, the portfolio contains a small insert printed on white textured paper measuring 86 x 140 mm, with the same broken black border and the following text in the centre: "The publishers of The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc. regretfully announce that this is the last issue of S.M.S. that will appear. We have appreciated your support and hope you will remember our effort with appreciation."
The artworks absent from the BM copy are as follows:
'Self-Portrait' by Ed Bereal
'Chocolate Bar' by Diter Rot
'Friends' by Betty Dodson
'Neon Construction' by Ronoldo Ferri
'Chinese Fortune Game' by John Giorno
'Ten Xerox Sheets' by Toby Mussman
'Twenty Down' by Adrian Nutbeem
'Unattended Lunches' by Claes Oldenburg
'Junior Historical Theatre Playroom Kit' by Mischa Petrov.
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