New issue of OEI: #92–93: Lettrist Corpus: The Complete Magazines (1946–2016), 512 pages. This special issue, guest edited by writer, curator and sound artist Frédéric Acquaviva, is the very first comprehensive publication on Lettrist magazines. It describes, shows and contextualizes all issues of all 119 magazines created between 1946 and 2016 in, or in connection to, Lettrism – this vibrant and dynamic French avantgarde movement whose publishing adventures and efforts have, until OEI #92–93, been far too little known.
Paris release tonight at Didier Lecointre & Dominique Drouet (9, rue de Tournon, 75006 Paris)
La totalité des 119 revues lettristes depuis 1946 (environ 1200 numéros décrits) avec toutes les couvertures reproduites et le sommaire de tous les textes, ainsi qu’une sélection de planches hypergraphiques issues de ces revues.
Didier Lecointre et Dominique Drouet 9 rue de Tournon, 75006 Paris
Tél. 00 33 (0)1 43 26 02 92
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Ouvert du mardi au vendredi de 10 h à 18 h 30,
samedi de 10 h à 18 h et sur rendez-vous.
Fermé en août.
In the plastic field, Lettrism is based on the merging of image and word. The plastic use of the letter or sign would not signify anything other than itself, thus transcending traditional conventions of meaning by emphasising the form of the letter over representation. Isou conceived Lettrism as fundamentally different from movements that preceded it, representing a complete shift from figuration and abstraction to the plastic use of the symbol of letters or signs. While Isou acknowledged that some artists associated with the Bauhaus and Cubism, and artists such as Marcel Duchamp, approached qualities of Lettrism, Isou declared that these artists ultimately faltered by subjecting letters to function and burdening them with meaning, rather than granting them independence and allowing them to become pure form.