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Allan Kaprow’s Words
Allan Kaprow’s Words: about Allan Kaprow, by Rose Moose. New York: Smolin Gallery, 1962.
July 30, 2013

Allan Kaprow’s Words

Last week, another lovely artifact appeared in the archive unexpectedly (this has been known to happen). Produced by Smolin Gallery in 1962, this miniature booklet on Allan Kaprow accompanied the artist’s “Words” exhibition at SUNY Stony Brook (where he taught at the time). It was written by Rose Moose (whose name merits a “[sic]” in John Gray’s Action Art biblio) and contains early definitions of “happening” and “environment,” as well as an abbreviated CV, excerpts from critical and semi-critical coverage of participatory art, and documentary photographs.

30 pp., 3.5 × 4.75 in.

Spread: left side is light blue with text, right side is yellow with a black and white photograph of a woman by painted letters

The captions are cheeky.

Yellow spread: left side is a black and white ohoto of a man with a beard looking down, right side is text

So is the rest of it, for that matter.

Spread: left side is yellow with black and white photo of a collection of objects in an unknown structure, right side is light blue with text


Yellow spread: left side is text, right side is photo in black and white of a young boy pressing his hands on painted words

Allan Kaprow’s son cannot read but he can use a stapler.