New York: MSS Information Corporation, 1974. Octavo, publisher's stapled printed stiff paper wraps.
"Tracks, the thing left behind, not the destination, but the journey. It’s the journey I’m after and it’s the journey I’m attempting to publish" (editor Herbert George). First issue of editor and sculptor Herbert George’s short-lived magazine devoted to artists' writings. Inspired by Abstract Expressionist Barnett Newman’s description of the midcentury New York art world as an environment in which "ideas were argued and discussed openly in an informal, unstructured environment," the modestly designed journal sought to promote discourse about the creative process of artists. Tracks distinguished itself from other underground art publications, such as the celebrated Art-Rite, by refusing advertisements and making only the most minimal edits in order to underscore its egalitarian approach. George discontinued the periodical after its eighth issue. This premiere issue contains contributions from Newman, Robert Motherwell, Will Insley, Robert Indiana, Alberto Giacometti, Robert Indiana, Adolf Wölfli and Gino Severini. Illustrated with black-and-white reproductions of Sol Lewitt's "The Location of the Line (Not Straight)" and Ad Reinhardt’s handwritten postcards. Original subscription envelope bound in. Light soiling and creasing to wraps, minor dampstaining to bottom margin of first few leaves. Very good. Item #3482