New York: Eye Productions, 1980. Tabloid, newsprint printed in black-and-white and color.
"Step right up, see the show..." Special Double Summer 1980 issue of the legendary downtown arts and culture monthly mag, the "Sex" issue, with a feature on COLAB's landmark Times Square Show. Established in 1979 during the alternative publishing heyday, the East Village Eye touted itself as "a newspaper for new culture" and covered all aspects of the downtown scene including art, music, books, politics, fashion, street culture, and more. Founded by Fordham dropout Leonard Abrams when he was only 24 years-old, the Eye put out a total of 72 issues from 1979 to 1987. Over its run, it published work by an array of downtown luminaries such as Richard Hell, Cookie Mueller, Glenn O’Brien, Robert Mapplethorpe, and David Wojnarowicz, as well as exclusive interviews with writers and creatives, book, film, record and gallery reviews, and more. Each issue included a color centerfold of work by artists commissioned by the magazine’s art director Cristof Kohlhofer, a student of Joseph Beuys. This issue with features on New Wave lingerie, cable television sex shows, and a centerfold spread on the historic group art show held in Times Square; interviews with Chi Chi Valente, the Cramps, and Betsy Sussler; Glenn O'Biren's "TV Party Manifesto" and an installment from Richard Hell's "Slum Journal," and more. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white and color with photos, art, and contemporary ads for long-vanished clubs, restaurants, bars and boutiques. Moderate rubbing and edgewear to newsprint, with a few small chips. Very good. Item #7888