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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Otto Piene, German (Laasphe, Westphalia, Germany 1928 - 2014 Berlin, Germany)
Inserted email printout
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: Sketchbook: Travels/Tokyo/Osaka/Normandy/Sandhills/Prague/Groton
Archival Material
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Black ink printed on paper
27.9 × 21.6 cm (11 × 8 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: bottom page, printed black ink on paper, content of email: hardcover or 1 hardover [sic] and 1 paperback if so published. / I realize Otto has good files for the photos and doesn't need images / from me, but just to be sure, the material covered would be "The / Proliferation of the Sun" at the Gate Theater, 1967 (color & b/w); / "Anemones" at 88 Pine St, 1976 (color & b/w?); Otto's contributions to / Charlotte Moorman's various Annual NY Avant Garde Festivals, including / the one in Cambridge, 1978; and possibly other collaborations with / Charlotte that took place in New York. Please check with me if you're / uncertain about who took photos of these events. / I look forward to hearing more about this and seeing the publication. / Best wishes to you, Otto & Elizabeth, / Barbara / Bound & Unbound / 601 West 26 St., Room M285 / New York, NY 10001 / (212) 463-7348 // On Jan 22, 2010, at 1:49 PM, Otto Piene wrote:
  • inscription: bottom page, printed gray ink (very faint) on paper, content of email: Dear Ms. Moore, / Thank you for your ime on the phone this afternoon / As stated, I am assisting Otto Piene with work on a majore two-volume / book which, / when complete, will be a thorough and scholarly tome on his life and / work. / Mr. Piene has selected a number of photos for inclusion in the book / that were / made by your late husband. / We are writing to seek your help in obtaining the necessary permission / for their / use. / The official request fro the use of photographic material will come / from the / publisher sometime in the coming month(s). (The publisher is based in / Paris.) / Our job at the moment is to get the names, addresses, etc. of the / rights-holders. / Thank you in advance for providing us with the contact information for / the / individual (s) at VAGA to whom our inquiry should be addressed / Mr. Piene sends his warmest regards, and his thanks in advance for / your help and / cooperation / Kindly, / Mark Graf (for Otto Piene) / Otto Piene / 383 Old Ayer Road / Groton, MA 01450


Recorded Ownership History
Elizabeth Goldring Piene, gift; to the Busch-Reisinger Museum, 2018.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Elizabeth Goldring Piene
© Otto Piene Estate
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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