Dick Higgins

Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago

ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF FLUXUS in the early '60s, Dick Higgins (1938-98) lived long enough to witness the '90s revival of interest in the movement. Before the term “interdisciplinary” existed, Higgins called his work and that of his colleagues “intermedia,” referring to the collaborative and cross-pollinating performative approach that defied media-based categorization. Such an approach also reflected Higgins's overriding emphasis on freedom: He and his fellow Fluxoids pursued liberating impulses into realms bordering on anarchy, in an often irreverent effort to collapse the distinctions between art, life, and play.

This homage/retrospective was organized by the artist's daughter, art historian Hannah. Higgins, and Fluxus scholar Simon Anderson, and as an exhibition it seemed every bit as uninterested in categories as the artist himself was. Sheets and bedding, films, paintings, prints,

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