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Our 80+ year old friend Jean Toche, who radical art historians will remember as a member of Guerrilla Art Action Group, continues to send us plenty of mail - usually a few mailings every week. Sometimes he doesn’t even bother to put anything in the envelope; he just seals it and writes his latest pronouncement on the front, on the back, or both!

Our 80+ year old friend Jean Toche, who radical art historians will remember as a member of Guerrilla Art Action Group, continues to send us plenty of mail - usually a few mailings every week. Sometimes he doesn’t even bother to put anything in the envelope; he just seals it and writes his latest pronouncement on the front, on the back, or both!

Our energetic friend Jean Toche who was part of Guerrilla Art Action Group (GAAG) continues to send us mailings several times a week. After a short time away from the P.O. Box, it was startling to discover EIGHT such mailings yesterday. Here is one of the latest from Jean, postmarked June 1st, 2013. Jean turns 81 years old soon and we wish him a happy birthday and many more years of trouble-making in advance!

Our energetic friend Jean Toche who was part of Guerrilla Art Action Group (GAAG) continues to send us mailings several times a week. After a short time away from the P.O. Box, it was startling to discover EIGHT such mailings yesterday. Here is one of the latest from Jean, postmarked June 1st, 2013. Jean turns 81 years old soon and we wish him a happy birthday and many more years of trouble-making in advance!

Our 80+ year old friend Jean Toche of Guerrilla Art Action Group (GAAG) has been sending us upwards of two mailings a week for a while now. Some are handwritten provocations and others are photocopied. Here is one that arrived today, addressed to the The Dictator of MoMA Dearest.

Our 80+ year old friend Jean Toche of Guerrilla Art Action Group (GAAG) has been sending us upwards of two mailings a week for a while now. Some are handwritten provocations and others are photocopied. Here is one that arrived today, addressed to the The Dictator of MoMA Dearest.

Jean Toche (of Guerrilla Art Action Group) is one of the few artists that manages to mix photos of his cat with radical politics. Be sure to enlarge this digital print he just sent us to read the epic text rant!

Jean Toche (of Guerrilla Art Action Group) is one of the few artists that manages to mix photos of his cat with radical politics. Be sure to enlarge this digital print he just sent us to read the epic text rant!

A must read, finally back in print, and available through Half Letter Press!
GAAG: The  Guerrilla Art Action Group, 1969-1976: A Selection
"This is the reissue of the long out-of-print publication GAAG: The  Guerrilla Art Action Group, 1969-1976: A Selection, first published in  1978. The book serves as the primary text to the significant work of the  activist artist group GAAG (Jon Hendricks, Poppy Johnson, Silvianna,  Joanne Stamerra, Virginia Toche and Jean Toche), both as a document of  the group’s ideological and logistical concerns, and more broadly as a  historical record for 52 of the many political art actions they carried  out through the late Sixties and early Seventies. Guided by their belief that art and culture had been corrupted by profit  and private interest, GAAG formed in October 1969 as a platform for  social struggle. Their work asked how artists could work effectively  towards meaningful change, most often through direct provocation and  confrontation–symbolic, non-violent actions staged in protest and  ridicule of the ethical failures by the art and media establishments, as  well as the US government. Their activities defied the brutal,  close-minded workings of an artistic/political system that traded in  dirty money, served the elite, established a trivial cultural canon, and  perpetuated bloody wars abroad.”

A must read, finally back in print, and available through Half Letter Press!

GAAG: The Guerrilla Art Action Group, 1969-1976: A Selection

"This is the reissue of the long out-of-print publication GAAG: The Guerrilla Art Action Group, 1969-1976: A Selection, first published in 1978. The book serves as the primary text to the significant work of the activist artist group GAAG (Jon Hendricks, Poppy Johnson, Silvianna, Joanne Stamerra, Virginia Toche and Jean Toche), both as a document of the group’s ideological and logistical concerns, and more broadly as a historical record for 52 of the many political art actions they carried out through the late Sixties and early Seventies.

Guided by their belief that art and culture had been corrupted by profit and private interest, GAAG formed in October 1969 as a platform for social struggle. Their work asked how artists could work effectively towards meaningful change, most often through direct provocation and confrontation–symbolic, non-violent actions staged in protest and ridicule of the ethical failures by the art and media establishments, as well as the US government. Their activities defied the brutal, close-minded workings of an artistic/political system that traded in dirty money, served the elite, established a trivial cultural canon, and perpetuated bloody wars abroad.”

One of the great joys for us is going to the post office and finding that something new and exciting that one of our friends has worked on or published is waiting for us.
Jean Toche - who many may know from his membership in Guerrilla Art Action Group (GAAG) – is one such friend who continues to delight us with his mailings. Temporary Services interviewed Jean in late 2008 and he has remained a dear pal. Today’s mail brought a package he sent with a sweet new book on his work published by Mudima Edizione in conjunction with a show of his recent work at Fundazione Mudima in Milan, Italy.
Particularly pleasing to see was this great text in the book by Jean’s old GAAG collaborator Jon Hendricks (scanned above).
First of all, let’s try to quickly get past the fact that not everyone in power has balls, because we know that far too many of them do (mostly white balls too). Secondly, let’s rejoice in the fact that both of these guys are still doing and saying exactly whatever the fuck they want, well into their 70’s. Finally let’s celebrate the fact that Jean and Jon are still friends and still care for each other over 40 years on. This is the kind of love we like to see among partners in collaborations, no matter how long ago they started and no matter what turns they have taken as the years and their lives have moved on.
May we all write and publish and work and collaborate with this kind of fire when we are senior citizens!

One of the great joys for us is going to the post office and finding that something new and exciting that one of our friends has worked on or published is waiting for us.

Jean Toche - who many may know from his membership in Guerrilla Art Action Group (GAAG) – is one such friend who continues to delight us with his mailings. Temporary Services interviewed Jean in late 2008 and he has remained a dear pal. Today’s mail brought a package he sent with a sweet new book on his work published by Mudima Edizione in conjunction with a show of his recent work at Fundazione Mudima in Milan, Italy.

Particularly pleasing to see was this great text in the book by Jean’s old GAAG collaborator Jon Hendricks (scanned above).

First of all, let’s try to quickly get past the fact that not everyone in power has balls, because we know that far too many of them do (mostly white balls too). Secondly, let’s rejoice in the fact that both of these guys are still doing and saying exactly whatever the fuck they want, well into their 70’s. Finally let’s celebrate the fact that Jean and Jon are still friends and still care for each other over 40 years on. This is the kind of love we like to see among partners in collaborations, no matter how long ago they started and no matter what turns they have taken as the years and their lives have moved on.

May we all write and publish and work and collaborate with this kind of fire when we are senior citizens!