Friday, May 24, 2019

Heresies #1: a feminist publication on art and politics

Heresies Collective
Heresies #1: a feminist publication on art and politics 
New York City, USA: Heresies, 1977
Magazine / Periodical Soft cover
114 pp., 8.5x11", softcover
Edition size unknown

The premier issue of the feminist journal focusing on art and politics that debuted in January 1977, featured Tijuana Raid by Martha Rosler, Feminist Abstract Art by Harmony Hammond, Female Experience in Art by Ruth E Skin, A Pink Strip by Amy Sillman and the Pink Glass Swan by Lucy Lippard, who was one of the founding members of the collective.

Lippard wanted the journal be called Pink until artist Mary Miss proposed a quote popularized by Susan Sontag: “New truths begin as heresies.”

The first issue opens with a mission statement ("...we believe that what is commonly called art can have a political impact, and that in the making of art and all cultural artifacts our identities as women play a distinct role"), and closes with a selected bibliography on Feminism, Art and Politics.

Twenty-seven issues were produced over sixteen years, each with a single theme, style and perspective. Topics included feminist theory, art, politics, patterns of communication, lesbian art and artists, women's traditional arts and politics of aesthetics, violence against women, working women, women from peripheral nations, women and music, sex, film, activism, racism, postmodernism, and coming of age.

Artists whose works or writings were featured in the magazine include Laurie Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Ana Mendieta, Howardena Pindell, Adrian Piper, Pat Stier, and many others.

Black and white scans of the journal's entire run, from '77 to 1993, are available thanks to the efforts of one of the collective's founders, Joan Braderman, who also produced a 2009 documentary about the journal’s early days.

The archive can be found at, where a trailer for the documentary can be viewed, and the film purchased on DVD. The site also contains biographies for each of the founding members, and press clippings.

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