A single 8-1/2 by 11 inch perforated sheet of 100 stamps, 10 x 10, each stamp with a unique image, most portraits of faces or close-ups of facial features, each image surrounded by a blue decorative border with "FLUXPOST" above and "17 17" below, with the number DIY12W70640 printed at the lower right, gummed to verso. Very small nick to top margin, overall very good condition. 4to. Single loose sheet. New York (Fluxus) n.d. (circa 1964).
Robert Watts was an American Fluxus artist and art professor, closely associated with George Brecht, George Maciunas, Allan Kaprow, Geoffrey Hendricks, and Roy Lichtenstein. He began exhibiting works created in a proto-Pop style in the 1950's, and was a part of the American Supermarket exhibition of 1964 at New York's Bianchini Gallery, together with Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and Tom Wesselmann. But in 1964, Watts turned his back on the gallery system and shifted his focus to the anti-art of the New York avant-garde. He also helped organize the proto-Fluxus Yam Festival, which used mail art to build buzz for a month-long series of happenings and performances. Watts designed his first postage stamp sheet in 1961, creating a total of 5 in a few years before taking a hiatus until he resumed designing stamps in the 1980's. This sheet is his 5th and last from the earlier period, and is considered both an early Fluxus work and an early fine art stampsheet. Book ID: 49039