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Fantastic Architecture by Wolf Vostell
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it was amazing
bookshelves: architecture, art

This is the earlier of the 2 bks in my library called "Fantastic Architecture" (my only criticism of the large bk published by Abrams of the same name is that they shd've called it something different, like "Visionary Architecture", in order to differentitiate it from this also great bk). This was published by Dick Higgins' "Something Else Press" wch consistently published some of the most important art bks, IMO, of the late 20th century. I 1st met Higgins when he gave a reading at Marshall Reese's apt in Baltimore - probably in the late 1970s. I was a bit bored by the reading - wch I felt went on for too long (this is particularly ironic since I'm probably somewhat notorious for giving 4 hr screenings that most people leave during, eg). In retrospect, it's amazing that he wd've even given a reading in someone's apt under those conditions at all. Later, at a performance in NYC for Jackson MacLow's 60th birthday (1982), Higgins was sitting behind me & a friend of mine asked me who he was. I was irritated w/ Higgins at the time because he'd given me a promotional pamphlet for his press that replaced SE & I felt like he was just pushing advertising - wch was a big no-no in my world. I sd something like "Dick Higgins, FLUXUS, has a press called Something Else, he's done a few good things." Let me set the record straight: HIGGINS DID MANY GREAT THINGS & this bk is one of them. Something Else bks were, at one time, fairly easy to get cheap for the usual stupid reason that they were underappreciated. This one even has transparencies - wch is always a big plus. Now they're probably quite difficult to find & anyone who's willing to part w/ them is either a fool or desperate. If you find something like this online it might be stolen by some utter creep w/o the slightest appreciation for anything other than their drug habit.
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Finished Reading
January 19, 2008 – Shelved
January 27, 2008 – Shelved as: architecture
January 27, 2008 – Shelved as: art

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