Primary Information is reprinting the seminal book, Fantastic Architecture, making the book widely available for the first time since it was originally published: first in 1969 by Droste Verlag in German (with the title Pop Architektur) and later in 1970 by Something Else Press as Fantastic Architecture.
Edited by Dick Higgins and Wolf Vostell, this artist’s book/anthology includes diverse contributions from a range of influential artists and architects of the 60s era addressing utopian architecture, public sculpture, and common space. Higgins and Vostell’s deft approach and design made Fantastic Architecture one of the iconic artist publications of its time. Using vellum pages for their editorial captions, Higgins and Vostell allowed the spreads by each artist to flow untouched, creating a visual page turner that eschews didactic explanation and reductionism in favor of a miasma of text, image, and material intervention that demands the reader experience the book as its being read.
Taken as a whole, the publication showcases broad concerns and approaches to architecture and public sculpture at a time when attitudes towards both were changing to reflect the political and economic concerns of the time.
Contributors include Ay-O, Joseph Beuys, Pol Bury, Eric Buchholz, John Cage, Philip Corner, Jan Dibbets, Robert Filliou, Buckminster Fuller, Raoul Hausmann, Richard Hamilton, Michael Heizer, Bici Hendricks, Geoffrey Hendricks, Jan Herman, Dick Higgins, K.H. Hoedicke, Hans Hollein, Douglas Huebler, Milan Knizak, Addi Koepcke, Alison Knowles, Franz Mon, Claes Oldenburg, Dennis Oppenheim, Dieter Roth, Gerhard Rühm, Carolee Schneemann, Kurt Schwitters, Daniel Spoerri, Frances Starr, Jean Tinguely, Lawrence Weiner, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell, and Stefan Wewerka.