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The mid-60s Aspen was one of the first multimedia magazines and became a time capsule of the period. Each edition of the ten issue run—edited and designed by a different artist or thinker—came in a customized box filled with booklets, phonograph recordings, posters, postcards, ephemera, and even a role of Super-8 movie film.
On display at the Whitechapel Gallery is Andy Warhol’s Pop Art issue including a detergent box cover, and a special British issue with British Knickers, a sewing pattern by fashion designer Ossie Clark, souvenirs found by Peter Blake and The Lennon Diary 1969, a diary of the future written by the Beatles musician. Other highlights include films by Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Morris, recordings by Yoko Ono, John Lennon, William S. Burroughs and Marcel Duchamp, essays by Roland Barthes and Susan Sontag, and a psychedelic issue edited by Angus MacLise, the original drummer from the Velvet Underground.
We are especially excited about this exhibition as Aspen was one of the inspirations for our recently released Sleepwalkers Box.
September 11, 2012 - March 3, 2013