Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Aspen #7 - The British Issue

Mario Amaya was an American art critic and museum director. He was the chief curator of the Art Gallery of Ontario from 1969 to 1972. A year prior, he was in Andy Warhol's office when Valerie Solanas shot Warhol. He was grazed by two bullets and briefly hospitalized.

Amaya, who died in 1986, is best remembered as the founding editor of London’s Art and Artists Magazine, which he began in 1966. In 1970 he edited the 7th issue of Aspen magazine, the British Issue. Designed by John Kosh, the box (which shipped flat) contained works by Peter Blake, Ossie Clarke, Ian Hamilton Finlay, David Hockey, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eduardo Paolozzi, and others. The cover design was by Richard Smith.

The flex-discs include John Tavenner's Three Songs for Surrealists (For Rene Magritte. [2 min. 9 sec.], For Max Ernst [3 min. 27 sec.], For Salvador Dali [3 min. 8 sec.]) backed with  Christopher Logue reading New Numbers and Yoko Ono's Song for John, and Ono and Lennon's No Bed for Beatle John [4 min. 44 sec.], backed with Lennon's Radio Play [7 min. 57 secs.] 

The British Box (#7)
New York City, USA: Roaring Fork Press, 1970
10 x 9.5 x 1.25"
Hinged cardboard box containing 13 items, no advertisements.

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