Paris: Purple Prose, 1992. Quarto, publisher's stapled photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"We launched Purple Prose in the early 1990s without any means, and without any experience, because we wanted to make a magazine that was radically different. We wanted to support the artists around us that no one else supported, much less talked about... It would be a form of opposition of our own" (Olivier Zahm). First issue of Elein Fleiss and Olivier Zahm’s iconoclastic Parisian literary zine, conceived as a high-brow riposte to the glitz and glam 1980s. The issue gathers contributions from Zahm and Fleiss, artists Dike Blair and Andrea Zittel, underground comic artist Jean-Christophe Menu, art historian Joshua Decter, Lacanian theorist Henry Bond, artist Martin Kippenberger, an interview by German artist Jutta Koether with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Pussy Galore's Julie Cafritz about their side project Kitten, and more. With its mash-up of poetry, critical theory, anti-fashion fashion and anti-consumerism consumerism, and paradoxically clean, DIY, internet-before-the-internet graphic identity, Purple Prose set the tone for the zine explosion of the 90s. Though the final issue published in 1998, Zahm established several spin-off publications including Purple Sexe, Purple Fiction, and Purple Fashion. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos and reproductions. Text in English and French. Fine. Scarce. Item #3658