Announcing a Day of Mourning. Pauline Smith.

Announcing a Day of Mourning

London: Pauline Smith, 1977. 6 1/2 x 8 1/4" print, xeroxed in b/w, rubberstamped. Housed in the original mailing envelope, addressed and mailed to a fellow Mail Artist in Canada.

One of a series of works related to Pauline Smith's satirical mail art project the Adolf Hitler Fan Club, which the late artist used as a commentary on Pre-Thatcherite UK governments and the unfortunate lasting appeal of Hitler in the UK. Smith was a pioneering mail artist, a collaborator and correspondent with Anna Banana and Genesis P-Orridge. Like the latter, she also got into trouble with the law for her mail art activities, when police raided her home in 1976. Letters from her to P-Orridge are included in G. P. O. vs. G. P-O. Her considerable archive is housed at the Tate. For more on Pauline Smith's activities, see Stewart Home's The Assault on Culture, p. 71.

Folded once as mailed, else fine. Envelope near fine with light creasing. Item #25714

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