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Gustav Metzger & DIAS

A Collection of Six Documents by Gustav Metzger and/or DIAS (Destruction in Art Symposium)

Auto-Destructive Art: Demonstration by G. Metzger, 1961
Published by the artist, London, 1961. No edition size given. 1pp., printed on one side only, black on cream stock, 280 x 205 mm. Manifesto published to accompany Metzger’s acid painting demonstration at the South Bank, London, 3 July 1961, 11.45am-12.15pm.

Auto-Destructive Art: A Talk at the Architectural Association, London, 1965
Published by Destruction/Creation, Camberwell, London, October 1965. No edition size given. Stapled in printed wraps, black and white illustrations by Cyril Wilson, 28pp., 265 x 200 mm.
‘This text is an expanded version of a talk given at the Architectural Association, 24 February 1965, first published by A.C.C., 34-36 Bedford Square, London W.C.1. June 1965. Reprinted with the addition of photographs and manifestos, October, 1965. This is the first publication of MANIFESTO WORLD (inside backcover).

DIAS Press Release, 1966
Foolscap sheet, printed black on white stock. No edition size given, no publisher given (DIAS, London, 1966). Press release dated 27 April 1966, mailed to magazines by Metzger prior to the September symposium. Inscribed and signed by Metzger on verso.

DIAS: Construction in Art Symposium, London September 1966. Conclusion...30 September 1966, 8pm, 1966
One folded sheet with felt tip correction printed black on blue stock, foolscap. No edition size given. Lists the various events of that day including Destruction Art Group of Buenos Aires, 1966 (TAPE), Ralph Ortiz (Event film), Yoko Ono (Disappearing Piece), Mark Boyle (Projections), Ivor Davies (Silent Explosion), Barry Flanagan (Sand Sculpture), John Latham (Film) and others. 'Please note: This is the final activity in the DIAS September programme'.

Ticket for the DIAS event: DIAS Africa Centre 38 King Street Covent Garden, WC2. Red and black print on white card stock, 100 x 88 mm, '24' written in felt tip, and name 'Mercury' in dark purple felt tip, printed one side only. No edition size given, no publisher given (DIAS., London). September, 1966.

D.I.A.S Preliminary Report – Destruction in Art Symposium, London, 9,10,11, September, 1966, published by D.I.A.S London, February, 1967. 6pp. foolscap, stapled, printed recto only. A survey of the Destruction in Art Symposium with a reprint of the schedule of events as well as a review in the Guardian, text by H. Reinhardt, list of participants, bibliography and performances.