Item #9072 FILE. FILE, AA Bronson, Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal, Kathy Acker, Marcia Resnick, Jimmy De Sana, Les Levine, contributors.
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FILE. Volume 3, No. 2. Spring 1976

Toronto: Art Official Inc., 1976. Large quarto, publisher's stapled photo-illustrated paper wraps.

Spring 1976 "New York" issue of Canadian artist collective General Idea’s Toronto-based arts and culture magazine. Established in 1972 in Toronto by members AA Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal, FILE developed out of the group’s association with the international mail art movement and their antipathy for mainstream Canadian art magazines. Parodying LIFE in Pop art style, General Idea appropriated the magazine’s red and white logo while rearranging the letters (leading to legal threats by Time Inc.). Billed as "an alternative to the Alternative Press," the mag documented General Idea’s chain-letter mail art projects, disseminated faux gossip and fictitious articles, published letters, works, and lists sent by readers, covered the international art scene, and more. Developing into a communication tool between artists, FILE ran for a total of 26 issues from inception to 1989. While Canada-based, it became a quasi-New York publication, earning admiration from Warhol and Joseph Beuys, and frequently featured international writers and artists and editors. This New York-themed issue features gossip on downtown celebs such as Holly Woodlawn, Edit DeAK, Vince Aletti, and Barbara London, work by fetish artist John Willie, an essay by Les Levine, an excerpt from an early work by Kathy Acker, a "best dressed list" by Jimmy De Sana (featuring Ray Johnson, Andy Warhol, and Henry Geldzahler), and more. Illustrated with black-and-white photos. Light creasing to spine and edgewear to wraps. Very good. Item #9072

$150.00