Jenney~Neil – ‘Bucks American’, 1968 S.M.S. No. 5


Author: Neil Jenney
Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc., New York
Year: 1968
Newsprint, xeroxes and staples, 220 x 167 mm 
Printed reproduction of four sheets of annotated pencil drawings that have been stapled shut so that only the front sheet, which has an image of a dollar sign at the centre, is fully visible. Presented in a folded piece of thick brown paper.
Offset lithographs
Condition: very good
The SMS Portfolios were a collaboration between William Copley & Dmitri Petrov which they published through their Letter Edged in Black Press, working with some of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Exemplifying the community ethos of the ’60s, Copley sought to produce a new form of art journal that would bypass traditional institutions to distribute the artist’s work directly to its audience instead. Copley accepted contributions in almost any medium, carefully reproducing each artwork in his Upper West Side studio. All contributors, from the world-renowned to the obscure, received the same sum of $100 for their work. Presented without comment, each portfolio was mailed directly to subscribers every two months. Only six portfolios were produced, in an edition of 2000. Each portfolio contained from eleven to thirteen artist objects.

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