Signals London was a short-lived yet highly influential British venue dedicated to 1960s avant-garde artists from Europe and Latin America. Through their exhibitions, events and publications, they established fruitful cross-border networks between these regions and introduced early manifestations of Fluxus, Kinetic and Op art to Britain. Having evolved from the Centre for Advanced Creative Study, Signals London was situated in London’s West End between 1964–1966. The items offered here by William Allen Word & Image were acquired over several years from 1995–2010, by a private collector. The collection includes the Signals Newsbulletin, exhibition brochures and related ephemera featuring artists from Latin America and Europe, including: Takis, Marcello Salvadori, Naum Gabo, Jesús Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Lygia Clark, Sergio de Camargo, Alejandro Otero, Antonio Calderara, Pia Pizzo, Hélio Oiticica, Mira Schendel, Hsiao Chin and Li Yuan-Chia.
Thomas A. Clark and Laurie Clark collection
Elemental Balloon Archive
The complete set of Fandangos periodical, the important and highly sought-after artist periodical edited by the Colombian-born artist Raul Marroquin, Ger van Dijck, Marjo Schumans, Ulises Carrion and others. Some issues are subtitled ‘Fandangos – The Most Important European Art Scandalpaper – Fandangos isn’t an art paper but an art piece’. Indeed, Fandangos is seen as one of the most important conceptual art magazines from the Netherlands, which shows the importance of South American avant-garde artists to the conceptual art scene of The Netherlands in the 1970s. A full description of each item is available on request.
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Archive of postcards by Ian Hamilton Finlay, including a stunning sequence of the most significant cards from the earliest years. Probably the most complete archive of cards one will see available for purchase – collected over 25 years. Finlay’s postcards, often screenprinted, are seen as particularly important – often the first appearance of ideas the artist later uses in large scale works – always pragmatic, witty, salient – a unique dialogue of ideas. Over 600 cards.
Poor Old Tired Horse (P.O.T.H)
A fine and exceptionally rare complete run of all published issues of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s important poetry periodical P.O.T.H (Poor Old Tired Horse), April 1962 – c. November 1967.
Ian Hamilton Finlay Photographic Prints
A collection of 14 rare original photographic prints, taken in 1969, at Stonypath and Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline.
Dom Sylvester Houedard
An archive of prints, unique works, typestracts and manuscripts by DSH.
ICA Bulletin Collection
A significant run of the ICA Bulletin from 1965-1968 – it’s most notable Avant Garde period.
A collection of documents.
An archive of prints, posters and ephemera from the Japanese experimental and Fluxus East artist Yoshio Nakajima who worked amongst other avant-garde artists in Sweden and the Netherlands in the 1970s.
This Tarasque Press Archive includes a complete set of Tarasque magazine and Private Tutor.
Tropicália collection of rare books. Some remain available, please enquire.
A collection of Jiri Valoch typestracts and manuscripts 1964-8. Also see Typewriter Art.
The Ken Cox Archive
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Collection of rare prints (including Ajar, Acrobats, Le Circus, Spiral Binding, Marine)
Dom Sylvester Houedard / Openings Press Archive
Founded by John Furnival and Dom Sylvester Houedard in 1963 in Gloucestershire, Openings Press produced the majority of its work between 1965-7, with the design advice of Edward Wright. Furnival continued to use the phrase ‘Openings Press’ as his own imprint in the 1970s and 1980s even though dsh left his editorial role in the late 1960s. A complete set of Openings (1-9), 1965-7 – the eponymous folding/unfolding publication.
Michael Gibbs Archive
This archive includes all Kontexts periodicals and publications.
The complete set of Konkrete Poesie / Poesia Concreta 1-11, Verlag Herausgeber, 1960-1965. The first European Concrete Poetry periodical.
Michael Harvey/ Ian Hamilton Finlay Manuscript Archive.
The complete set of Journeyman periodical (1975).
Collection of Ewa Partum ephemera, including ‘Book by Ewa’, and four printed documents from her 1970s performances.
A collection of Poetry Review, 1971-1977: a collection of Poetry Reviews from its most radical period when Mottram, Cobbing et al were in control, as discussed in: Peter Barry, Poetry Wars: British Poetry of the 1970s and the Battle of Earls Court (Salt, 2006).