Print was published by William Copley.

The SMS Portfolios were a collaboration between William Copley and Dmitri Petrov which they published through their Letter Edged in Black Press, working with some of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Exemplifying the community ethos of the '60s, Copley sought to produce a new form of art journal that would bypass traditional institutions to distribute the artist's work directly to its audience instead. Copley accepted contributions in almost any medium, carefully reproducing each artwork in his Upper West Side studio. All contributors, from the world-renowned to the obscure, received the same sum of $100 for their work. Presented without comment, each portfolio was mailed directly to subscribers every two months. Only six portfolios were produced, in an edition of 2000. Each portfolio contained from eleven to thirteen artist objects.

Among the artists represented are Roy Lichtenstein, Marcel Duchamp, Yoko Ono, John Cage, Christo, Man Ray, Richard Hamilton, On Kawara, and Lawrence Weiner.


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SMS (Shit Must Stop), 1968
Lot Number 22
Various Print Format
11 x 7.1 in (27.94 x 18.03 cm)
34 of 2000
Courtesy of Anonymous Collector

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William Copley and Dmitri Petrov
SMS (Shit Must Stop)
  • Dimensions
    11 x 7.1 in (27.94 x 18.03 cm)