Multiples, Inc., 1965-1992
Gallerist Marian Goodman, along with Multiples Inc.—a publishing platform she helped found—have been pushing for the democratization of art since the company's founding more than a half-century ago.
In the years since, Multiples Inc. has worked with more than 90 artists to produce and publish more than 80 objects and 800 prints. Objects include not only portfolios and artist books but also Plexiglas objects, jewelry—even furniture. There’s Man Ray’s punning Letter Box (1966) [pictured], a found mailbox stuffed full of spray-painted alphabet letters; there's a hard analogue to that in the form of Claes Oldenburg’s Soft Alphabet (1978); there are contributions from Sol Lewitt spanning drawings, prints, and a silk-lined, hydrocote-finished acrylic on cherry wood Project Box (1990).
Man Ray, Letter Box, 1966. Zinc sheet, spray-painted black, gold, or silver (3 types of found mailboxes), ceramic letters, acrylic backing on wooden strainer. 10 × 7 1/5 × 2 1/2 inches.