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

Interdisciplinary, multimedia, groundbreaking.



New York-based Avalanche Magazine, published between 1970 and 1976 (13 issues) by Willoughby Sharp and Liza Béar, contained “mock-ups and page proofs, audio files, installation photographs, correspondence, edited interview typescripts, exhibition announcements, ephemera, subscriber mailing lists, and invoices present a holistic picture of the magazine’s production, while bringing into view the surrounding artistic milieu from which the magazine emerged.” From MoMA’s Avalanche archive:

Avalanche presented the work of dozens of up-and-coming artists, often before they had solo exhibitions in physical galleries and museums. The pages of Avalanche served, in essence, as a two-dimensional exhibition space. Béar and Sharp introduced their readers to artists like Walter De Maria, George Trakas, Lowell Darling, Jannis Kounellis, Chris Burden, Barbara Dilley, Franz Erhard Walther, Vito Acconci, William Wegman, Jack Smith, Laurie Anderson, Rita Myers, and Meredith Monk. It is also worth noting that Avalanche intentionally featured a large number of women sculptors and performance artists, especially in the later issues. Notable women artists found in the pages of Avalanche include: Joan Jonas, Alice Aycock, Trisha Brown, Colleen Fitzgibbon, and Hanne Darboven.

Browse another Avalanche archive over here.