The Magazine in a Box.
An exceptionally good set of he first three dimensional magazine, edited by Phyllis Johnson, inspired on the multi-media character of vanguard art of the 60's. A typical issue contains an assortment of booklets in various sizes and types, reproductions, broadsheets, film-reels, photographs, scrolls, and recordings on flex- discs kept in a box. Aspen is also multi-media in content, in that various arts are represented in each issue; it exemplifies the 1960's search for a total experience via a breakdown of traditional categories; it is an exuberant, pretentious magazine. Contributors Include Cage, Ruscha, Duchamp, Finlay, Paik, Burroughs, Oldenburg, John Lennon/Yoko Ono, etc.; each issue had another designer (such as Andy Warhol or Quentin Flore).The collation is difficult, and the content of the loose leaf advertising section differs in all sets. No. 1: designed by George Lois, Tom Courtos, Ralph Tuzzo (tiny scratch to the front) No. 2: design Frank Kirk. No. 3: the Fab-issue, designed by Andy Warhol & David Calton (tiny damage to the spine); No. 4: Marshall McLuhan-issue, designed by Quentin Fiore. (small clean repair to the spine) No. 5/6: Brian O'Doherty, David Dalton, Lynn Letterman; complete with the 5 flexidisks ( with Marcel Duchamp). This white box in unsual good, clean condition. Complete with the very rare film reel: Four Films by Four Artists. Reel of super-8 film, comprising four film clips: Hans Richter Rhythm 21. Laszlo Moholy-Nagy Lightplay (excerpt).Robert Morris and Stan VanDerBeek Site (excerpt) Robert Rauschenberg Linoleum (excerpt). No. 6A: The Judson Manipulations (this issue was distributed only to the subscribers in New York;contents kept in the mailing original mailing envelope. With wear of having been through the mail and opened on one side, but very rare). No. 7 : British Box. comp. by Mario Amaya, design John Kosh. This fragile box in unusual excellent condition, still flat the way it was mailed. No. 8: Art/Information/Science, ed. Dan Graham/design George Maciunas (one item in xerox). Light wear on the edges; No. 9: Dream Weapon, ed. Angus & Hetty MacLise (light soilage to edges) - No. 10: Devoted to oriental art, design Nori Sinoto. The rarest volume. (this misses sections 13 (not published cf. the UBU-index ,No 14 is an order form only,we have it in copy)