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Emmett Williams, Hello Out There . . . , 1989, silk screen on cloth, paint, 58 × 70 1/4".

Emmett Williams

Barbara Wien

Emmett Williams, Hello Out There . . . , 1989, silk screen on cloth, paint, 58 × 70 1/4".

Barbara Wien began working with Emmett Williams in 1991, and she has continued to collaborate with the artist’s estate following his death in 2007. Her “gallery and art bookshop” makes an appropriate venue for the Fluxus pioneer’s written and visual work. A writer, editor, performer, visual artist, concrete poet, and chronicler of Fluxus—“a non-historian recounting the history of a non-movement,” according to critic Gauthier Lesturgie—Williams has published a multitude of texts, anthologies, poetry collections, and artist’s books. This show focused (though not solely) on his collaborations with fellow Fluxus artist A-Yo and the musician Yo-Yo Ma. With self-declared “Rainbow Artist” (referring to his colorful palette) A-Yo, Williams shared not so much working methods as what he called a “universal humor.”

The exhibition featured drawings and prints from the 1950s alongside

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