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message 1: by Heather (new)

Heather "Brouwn was born in 1935 in the northern South American Republic of Surinam, in the capital city of Paramaribo.

At the age of 22 he moved to Amsterdam, the year of his first published work..In 1960 the artist mailed out invitations declaring the shoe stores of Amsterdam as his art work. Later that same year he began his best-known series - This Way Brouwn. The artist stopped passersby in the street and asked for directions, encouraging them to make a fast sketch explaining a route. He then stamped these drawings with the title, exhibited them and made them into a bookwork."

"His first publication was made of pink silk-tissue paper in an edition of 100 copies. Brouwn added lemon juice stains, which eventually dried and could only be seen when heated. A dealer tells the story of selling one of these for just under two thousand pounds, several years ago. After the transaction was made, but before the work could be lovingly packed and shipped, his assistant discarded it, thinking it was waste paper on his boss’ desk."

"Brouwnhairs from 1964 is a 76-page, self-published book in an edition of three. A single hair of the artist’s is pasted onto each page. "

By the early 1970s Brouwn had made measurement and his own movements central to his work, systematically counting the distances he had covered. This procedure produced a series of books entirely devoted to a sequence of numbers or text-based measurements, densities or distances."


message 2: by Poly (new)

Poly Ethylene This is the sort of stupidity failure art students are taught to think of.
Stupidity also has heroes.

message 3: by A (new)

A | 270 comments I have a lot of squibbles like this or are they called doodles?

message 4: by Heather (new)

Heather Well was he actually very famous? I'd never heard of him and his work looks boring.

message 5: by Heather (new)

Heather I think with all his counting his steps and distances then recording them, he really had a bad case of OCD!

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