Aspen Magazine in a Box [for Stephane Mallarmé] [aka : The Minimalism Issue]
  • periodical
  • boxed edition
  • offset-printed
  • loose leaves
  • color
  • 21.5 x 21.5 x 5.5 cm.
  • [unpaginated]
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered

Aspen Magazine in a Box [for Stephane Mallarmé] [aka : The Minimalism Issue]

No. 5 + 6 (Fall - Winter 1967)

Brian O'Doherty, David Dalotn, Lynn Letterman, Susan Sontag, George Kubler, Roland Barthes, Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, Alain Robbe-Grillet, John Cage, Max Neuhaus, Morton Feldman, Tony Smith, Hans Richter, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Robert Morris, Stan Van Der Beek, Robert Rauschenberg, Marcel Duchamp, Richard Huelsenbeck, Naum Gabo, Norton Pevsner, Douglas MacAgy, Merce Cunningham, Michael Benedikt, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Mel Bochner

Aspen Magazine in a Box [for Stephane Mallarmé] [aka : The Minimalism Issue]

description

Aspen 5 + 6 for Stephane Mallarmeé [aka : The Minimalism Issue," is a boxed edition consisting of 28 numbered elements edited and designed by Brian O'Doherty, with art direction by David Dalton and Lynn Letterman. Contributions by Susan Sontag, George Kubler, Roland Barthes, Samuel Beckett, William Burroughs, Alain Robbe-Grillet, John Cage, Max Neuhaus, Morton Feldman, Tony Smith, Hans Richter, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Robert Morris, Stan Van Der Beek, Robert Rauschenberg, Marcel Duchamp, Richard Huelsenbeck, Naum Gabo, Norton Pevsner, Douglas MacAgy, Merce Cunningham, Michael Benedikt, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Mel Bochner and O'Doherty. Comprised of following elements: 1) Two-part box; 2) Contents page; 3) Three Essays: "The Death of the Author" by Roland Barthes, "Style and Representation of Historic Time" by George Kubler, "The Aesthetics of Silence" by Susan Sontag; 4) Flex-disc "Becket / Gabo & Pevsner" with "Text for Nothing #8" by Samuel Beckett read by Jack MacGowan, and "The Realistic Manifesto" by Naum Gabo and Norton Pevsner read by Gabo; 5) Flexi-disc “Burroughs / Robbe-Grillet” with excerpts from “Nova Express” by William Burroughs, read by Burroughs, and "Now the shadow of the southwest column..." an excerpt from “Jealousy” (1957) by Alain Robbe-Grillet read by the Robbe-Grillet (translation of which is contained in item 23); 6) Flexi-disc “Feldman / Cage,” with “The King of Denmark,” by Morton Feldman realized by Max Neuhaus in 1967, and “Fontana Mix-Feed, Nov. 6, 1967,” by John Cage, realized by Max Neuhaus (score of side “The King of Denmark contained in item 20, and score of “Fontana Mix-Feed” contained in item 21; 7) Maze model part 3. Cardboard model part. Mates with item 9; 8) Maze model part 2. Cardboard model part. Mates with item 27; 9) Maze model part 4. Cardboard model part. Mates with item 7; 10) Maze model part 6. Cardboard model part. Mates with item 25; 11) Maze model part 7. Cardboard model part. Mates with item 26; Flexi-disc “Merce Cunningham,” containing “Space, Time and Dance” (1952) by Merce Cunningham, and “Further Thoughts” (1967) an interview with Cunningham; 13) Flexi-disc “Duchamp / Huelsenbeck” with “Marcel Duchamp, The Creative Act” (1956) and Richard Huelsenbeck “Four poems from Phantastiche Gebete” (1916) as well as Marcel Duchamp “Some Texts from L'Infinitif” (1912-1920); 14) “The Russian Desert: A Note on the State of Our Knowledge” by Douglas MacAgy; 15 “Conditionnement” and “Repair” a poem by Michael Butor, translated by Michael Benedikt; 16) “March 1966” by Dan Graham; 17) “Serial Project #1” by Sol LeWitt (LeWitt's first artists' book); 18) “Seven Translucent Tiers, a grid study in three dimensions” by Mel Bochner; 19) “Structural Play #3” by Brian O'Doherty; 20) “The King of Denmark” part of a musical score by Morton Feldman a recording of which is contained on item 6; 21) “Fontana Mix” musical score by John Cage a recording of which is contained on item 6; 22) “Drawings for The Maze” by Tony Smith (eight elements numbered items 7 through 11 and 25 through 27; 23) Translation of “Jealousy” a translation by Richard Howard of the excerpt read by Robbe-Grillet on item 5; 24) “Four Films by Four Artists” composed as a reel of Super-8 (8mm) film containing four film clips: “Rhythm 21” by Hans Richter, “Lightplay” by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, “Site” by Robert Morris and Stan Van Der Beek, and “Linoleum” by Robert Rauschenberg; 25) Maze part 5; 26) Maze part 8; 27) Maze part 1; 28) Advertisement folder with loose advertisements for Artforum, Aspen, Something Else Press, John Cages's books "Silence" and "A Year from Monday," Paillard Incorporated. Some issues were sent out lacking the 8mm film, but with salmon colored insert stating "IMPORTANT NOTICE / Because of mailing requirements, the reel of 8mm film, which is a vital part of the double issue, is being mailed to you in a SEPARATE PACKAGE. / You'll be receiving it shortly. When it arrives, put it right in this box along with the other goodies."

references

"Dan Graham : Beyond" by Chrissie Iles, Bennett Simpson, Beatriz Colomina, Rhea Anastas, Mark von Schlegell, Mark Francis, Alexandra Midal, Philippe Vergne, Kim Gordon, Rodney Graham. Cambridge, MA : The MIT Press, 2009, pp. 123, 211, 213.
No. 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, and 2.7 in "Artists' Magazines : An Alternative Space for Art" by Gwen Allen. Cambridge / London, MA / United Kingdom : The MIT Press, 2011, pp. 50, 51, 56, 60, 61, 240.
"Materializing Six Years : Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art" by Catherine Morris, Vincent Bonin, Julia Bryan-Wilson. Brooklyn / Cambridge, NY / MA : Brooklyn Museum / MIT Press, 2012, pp. 44-47.