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William Copley

Collective Dissent: The SMS Portfolios

In 1968, artist William Copley launched a utopian project that he titled slyly, but emphatically, SMS—an acronym for “Shit Must Stop.” Intended to sidestep the hierarchical system of museums and galleries, SMS offered collectors a bi-monthly portfolio of artwork by subscription. Every two months, for the annual price of $125, subscribers to this experimental publication received a small […]

May 16, 2016 - Sep 13, 2015

In 1968, artist William Copley launched a utopian project that he titled slyly, but emphatically, SMS—an acronym for “Shit Must Stop.” Intended to sidestep the hierarchical system of museums and galleries, SMS offered collectors a bi-monthly portfolio of artwork by subscription. Every two months, for the annual price of $125, subscribers to this experimental publication received a small custom-designed case filled with artworks by such iconic 20th-century artists as Christo, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, and Yoko Ono.

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