Traveling words and images: mail art

The Art of Communication

CHAPTER 2: Traveling words and images: mail art

One way artists combine words and images is through Mail art, also known as Postal and Correspondence art, which has adherents throughout the world. Mail artists have sought to bypass traditional art marketing institutions by distributing their work, including prints, letters, and postcards, through the mail. The process of sending and receiving art—often composed with images and words presented with humble materials—becomes an important aspect of the work.

Image credit:
Diego Rivera
La maestra rural [The Rural Teacher], 1932 (detail)
The Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1986

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