KWY No. 10
Peter Saul, Robert Filliou Pol Burry, Soto , Corneille, J. A. França, Jean Clarence Lambert, Lourdes Castro, Brock, Costa Pinheiro....
Artists’ magazine. Screen printed cover (4-color) composed from details of the images sent by the artists, various papers and typewritten texts, 34 pp, with 2 original screen prints by Peter Saul, a unique within the edition SIGNED paper collage by Robert Filliou with a poem by Filliou, screen print by Corneille, a sound collage consisting of a needle, cotton thread & wire by Soto, among others. First edition. Edition of 300. Portuguese, English & French, Published by Lourdes Castro, René Bertholo, Christo and Jan Voss, Paris. Condition: pages have come loose from binding & the printed acetate wrapper is missing (common with most issues), toning throughout.
12 1/4h x 8w in / 31.12h x 20.32w cm
Published from 1958 to 1964, KWY (named after the three letters that do not exist in the Portuguese alphabet) was founded in Paris by the Portuguese artist couple Lourdes Castro and René Bertholo. A blending of visual imaginary with reality and everyday events, KWY was an expression of current artistic and social ideologies. Characterized as a conduit for experimentation, the magazine was considered an “artistic object” with its hand-printing, limited run, and the combining of original prints, object fragments (record, glued papers, wire) along with photographs, comic book images, etc. It was built around a web of relationships created or strengthened by its members who had no specific program, affiliation, or manifesto but who all had in common that they had fled their countries for political reasons. The members included Bertholo & Castro, António Costa Pinheiro, Gonçalo Duarte, José Escada and João Vieira as well as Bulgarian artist Christo and German artist Jan Voss.
The cover announces that KWY is the only magazine printed in silkscreen with a run ot 300 copies. The cover is composed from details of the images sent by the artists. KWY #10 contains collaborations of: J. A. França, “De L’”Anti-Peinture” (excerpt from an essay); Mimmo Rotella, three “poema suono”, nº 4, nº 7, nº8; Jean Clarence Lambert, “Alea Annotate”; Pol Burry, excerpts from “Decals”; Imre Pan, “The Memory of DADA”; Roberto Filliou, “Four-Dimensional Space-time Continuum” and a fragment of “A Classical Play” written in 1958 among other contributions.