Magazines at UbuWeb

UbuWeb is a really amazing resource for anyone interested in 20th-century art and culture. It’s also got some interesting material for those interested in magazines.

You can look at  volumes 1-3 of the really important Dutch magazine De Stijl  in pdf format.  They’re surprisingly plain and text-heavy, but I was stuck by the presence of ads in some issues.

Then there’s the incomparable Aspen magazine–the experimental magazine that ran from 1965-71, not the one for vacationers.  I don’t want to spoil the surprise too much if you’re not familiar with it, but it’s pretty fascinating in the ways it with format and design. And what a roster!:  Warhol, Beckett, Cage, LeWitt, Sontag, Barthes, Reich, Ballard, Richter, McLuhan, and many, many more of the artists, writers, and thinkers who defined the 60s and 70s.  I’ll just say it’s well worth a look.

Finally, UBUWEB aslo has the first 3 issues of Dada magazine, edited by Tristan Tzara.

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