This print is Fluxus artist Dick Higgins’ contribution to the SMS portfolio’s third volume. SMS (Shit Must Stop) was a subscription based bi-monthly art journal maintained by artist WIlliam Copley, representing some of the most significant artists of the 20th century. The portfolio, released in 1968, gathered carefully constructed “original reproduction” limited edition multiples by both world famous and obscure artists in an affordable mail-order subscription of six volumes - bypassing the museum and gallery institution. Silk screened on a mylar sheet, Higgins’ Ode to London is a clever and amusing semantic exercise in which words are redefined in terms of other unrelated words to form a statement where every key word contains the same meaning.
D. Higgins, b. 1938 - d. 1998, was a composer, poet, printer, and early Fluxus artist. Born in England, but raised in the United States, he founded Something Else Press in 1963.
Silk screen on mylar
Edition of 2000
The Letter Edged in Black Press
11 × 7 inches