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Whitechapel Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Aspen Magazine: 1965-1971
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX
United Kingdom

September 11th, 2012 - March 3rd, 2013
September 11th, 2012 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
© Courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery
44 020 75227888
Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 6pm/ Thursday 11am-9pm/ Mon closed
film, recordings
Admission free. Pat Matthews Gallery (Gallery 4)

The cult 1960s magazine Aspen featured contributions by prolific artists, musicians and writers including Peter BlakeWilliam S. BurroughsJohn CageOssie ClarkMarcel Duchamp,David HockneyJohn LennonLou Reed and Yoko Ono

Few magazines remain and on display are all ten complete sets of the rarely seen publication. Issued in a box, Aspen was one of the first multi -media magazines and became a time capsule of the period. It was conceived by Phyllis Johnson, a former editor for Women’s Wear Daily and Advertising Age, and inspired by Aspen, Colorado, a popular ski resort at the time. Each distinctive issue had a different editor and designer who took complete control of the magazine.

On show is Andy Warhol and David Dalton’s Pop Art issue including a detergent box cover, and a special British issue with British Knickers, a sewing pattern by fashion designer Ossie Clark, souvenirs found by Peter Blake and The Lennon Diary 1969, a diary of the future written by the Beatles musician. Other highlights include films by Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Morris, recordings by Yoko Ono, John Lennon, William S. Burroughs and Marcel Duchamp, essays by Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag, and a psychedelic issue edited by AngusMacLise, the original drummer from the Velvet Underground.

The Whitechapel Gallery archive exhibitions are generously supported by Catherine and Franck Petitgas.

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