Sonsbeek 71. Sonsbeek buiten de perken. (3 volumes complete)*
Author: Geert van Beijeren, Wim Beeren (ed.) Publisher: Park Sonsbeek, Arnhem Year: 1971
3 volumes, Illustrated soft boards, 29,5 x 21 cms., Two softcover exhibition catalogs, 232 and 96 pages, in Dutch and English. Contributions by many conceptual and minimal artists including & Verslag / Report Sonsbeek 71, pp. 146. edition of 250 copies, Fine copy.
The working committee also wanted to make visitors aware of the influence that (new) communication technologies, such as the telephone and the telex machine, were having on the perception of space, distance, and time. As a result, special communication centres were set up in Arnhem, Maastricht, Leiden, Rotterdam, Groningen, and Enschede, where everyone was given the opportunity to use these devices. The concept of Sonsbeek '71, which in the catalogue was described as an adventure and a dynamic manifestation, was both revolutionary and controversial. Not only visitors, but also art critics and even artists themselves criticized the spreading out of the artworks and the subsidization of “elite art”, a qualification that was circulated in the media. Sonsbeek '71 was meant to unite art and society, but instead it only made people more aware of the distance between the public and artists and art experts. a.o. Carl Andre, Ad Dekkers, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg, Wim T. Schippers, Tony Smith, Kenneth Snelson, Carel Visser, André Volten, Stanley Brouwn, Nam June Paik, Eric Siegel, Tajiri, Panamerenko, Klaus Rinke, Ger Dekkers, Ger van Elk, Jan Dibbets, Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Bruce Baillie, Javacheff Christo, Tony Conrad, Walter de Maria, Barry Flanagan, Fluxus, Hollis Frampton, Dan Graham, Mike Heizer, Ken Jacobs, Peter Kubelka, Land Art, George Landow, Bruce Nauman, Robert Nelson, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Morris, Peter Roehr, Richard Serra, Paul Sharits, Robert Smithson, Michael Snow, Joyce Wieland, Hans Eykelboom, Mass Moving, Joseph Beuys, Douglas Huebler, On Kawara, Yutaka Matsuzawa, Mario Merz, Lawrence Weiner, Hanne Darboven, Egbert Philips, Michael Heizer and many others.
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