Avant-Garde Art Magazines from the 1960s and 1970s

Interdisciplinary, multimedia, groundbreaking.

This week, Open Culture reported that all 16 issues of Avant Garde magazine, published between 1968 and 1971 by editor Ralph Ginzburg and art director Herb Lubalin, is now available digitally. Artworks featured in Avant Garde include John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s erotic lithographs (issue 11) and the last photos taken of Marilyn Monroe by Bern Stern (issue 2), captured six weeks before she died.

The 1960s and 1970s saw the rise of forward-thinking publications that functioned to document growing conceptual art practices, the evolution of the gallery, as well as acting as an alternative exhibition space, and illustrating how a magazine could become a work of art in its own right.

Here are several prominent, revolutionary art magazines from the time period.