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Artists' Magazines An Alternative Space for Art

ISBN-10: 0262015196

ISBN-13: 9780262015196

Edition: 2011

Authors: Gwen Allen

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Magazine publishing is an exercise in ephemerality and transience; each issue goes out in the world only to be rendered obsolete by the next. To publish a magazine is to enter into a heightened relationship with the present moment. During the 1960s and 1970s, magazines became an important new site of artistic practice, functioning as an alternative exhibition space for the dematerialized practices of conceptual art. Artists created works expressly for these mass-produced, hand-editioned pages, using the ephemerality and the materiality of the magazine to challenge the conventions of both artistic medium and gallery. In ArtistsOE Magazines, Gwen Allen looks at the most important of these magazines in their heyday (the 1960s to the 1980s) and compiles a comprehensive, illustrated directory of hundreds of others. Among the magazines Allen examines are Aspen(1965OE1971), a multimedia magazine in a box-;issues included Super-8 films, flexi-disc records, critical writings, artistsOE postage stamps, and collectible chapbooks; 0 to 9(1967OE1969), a mimeographed poetry magazine founded by Vito Acconci and Bernadette Meyer; FILE(1972OE1989), founded by the Canadian collective General Idea, its cover design a sly parody of Lifemagazine; and Interfunktionen(1968OE1975), founded to protest the conservative curatorial strategies of Documenta. These and the other magazines Allen examines expressed their differences from mainstream media in both form and content: they cast their homemade, DIY quality against the slickness of an Artforum, and they created work that defied the formalist orthodoxy of the day. (A work by John Baldessari from the late 1960s shows a photograph of Artforum, captioned OETHIS IS NOT TO BE LOOKED AT.OE) ArtistsOE Magazines, featuring abundant color illustrations of magazine covers and content, offers an essential guide to a little-explored medium.
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Book details

List price: $40.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/4/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 300
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.992
Language: English

Gwen Allen is Assistant Professor of Art History at SanFrancisco State University.