New York: Abrams, (1966). First Edition. Hardcover. Square folio. Very good in brown burlap covered boards. Sunning to lower edges, spine faded. Lacking original clear vinyl jacket. Else clean and sound throughout. INSCRIBED by Kaprow to early prelimi- nary: “For Paul on / his birthday - / A nostalgic / time in which / you played a / part (see pl. / 164 somewhere / deep inside!) / - in friendship / Allan K.”. Very good. Item #15452
A founding document of performance and environmental art, and the first by a major publisher, Kaprow’s ASSEMBLAGE, ENVIRONMENTS & HAP- PENINGS was originally planned as an official Fluxus publication (see CODEX p. 288), but eventually evolved into this broader book. Artists covered include Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Red Grooms, and George Segal, with contributions from Wolf Vostell, George Brecht, Kaprow and others. The recipient is almost certainly photojournalist Paul Berg, whose photos are included in this volume and fall roughly where Kaprow suggests they should (though there is no plate 164). Berg photographed and covered Kaprow’s happening “Push and Pull” for the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1963. The uncommon hardcover issue of this important resource, it is scarce signed, especially with any kind of association. [ALLAN KAPROW: A Bibliography pp. 26-9].