Getting the Word Out: Artists' Magazines in Los Angeles
Last updated: February 15, 2021
Throughout the 20th Century artists across the globe staked out claims and arguments in small run publications, “little magazines” and manifestos. We can think of Duchamp’s The Blind-Man, or any number of Surrealist publications. Previewing their groundbreaking work of the 60s, Brazilian artists Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticica outlined their ideas in the Manifesto Neoconcreto. Later, Art&Language, 0 to 9, The Fox, generated a dialogue among hitherto unrelated disciplines, from philosophy to dance, laying out the parameters of new forms of hybrid, conceptually driven art. This same impulse allowed local art scenes to develop a sense of difference, and Los Angeles has proved a fertile ground for such publications intended, in one way or another, to foster a sense of interrelatedness, of community. Some, like the LAICA Journal, began as a supplement to an exhibition program, and grew into something separate, raising a critical voice against commercialism. Others, like The Dumb Ox, and Straight Turkey, aimed to give direct voice to artists who found it difficult to break through mainstream gatekeeping. A significant number of artists from Los Angeles are now firmly in that mainstream, yet dissent still seeks a voice and small, often short-lived publications continue to enliven local discourse.
Getting the Word Out: Artists' Magazines in Los Angeles Archive