6040. Aspen: The magazine in a Box 1967

O'DOHERTY, BRIAN (Editor) - JOHNSSON, PHYLLIS (publisher). Aspen. The magazine in a Box. Nos. 5+6 (The Minimalism Issue). New York (The Roaring Fork Press) 1967.

Original two-piece pull-off box (about 207x207 mm.). White stiff paper, somewhat worn. For content, see below.

CONTENTS. Three essays by Roland Barthes, George Kubler, and Susan Sontag; Phonograph recording. Beckett / Gabo & Pevsner. Side A: Samuel Beckett's Text for Nothing #8 (1958), read by Jack MacGowan. Side B: The Realistic Manifesto (1920), by Naum Gabo and Noton Pevsner, read by Naum Gabo; Phonograph recording. Burroughs / Robbe-Grillet. Side A: Excerpts from Nova Express (1964), by William Burroughs, read by the author. Side B: "Now the shadow of the southwest column..." an excerpt from Jealousy (1957), by Alain Robbe-Grillet, read by the author; Phonograph recording. Feldman / Cage. Side A: The King of Denmark, by Morton Feldman, realized by Max Neuhaus in 1967. Side B: Fontana Mix-Feed, Nov. 6, 1967, by John Cage, realized by Max Neuhaus. Score of side A in item 20; Maze models parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 ; Phonograph recording. Merce Cunningham. Side A: Space, Time and Dance (1952), by Merce Cunningham. Side B: Further Thoughts (1967), an interview with Cunningham; Phonograph recording. Duchamp / Huelsenbeck. Side A: Marcel Duchamp, The Creative Act (1956). Side B: Richard Huelsenbeck, Four poems from Phantastiche Gebete (1916), and Marcel Duchamp, Some Texts from L'Infinitif (1912-1920); The Russian Desert: A Note on the State of Our Knowledge. Douglas MacAgy on Russian art history; Conditionnement. Reverse side: Repair. A poem by Michael Butor, translated by Michael Benedikt; Poem, March 1966. Conceptual poetry by Dan Graham; Serial Project #1. Description of an installation at Dwan Gallery by Sol Lewitt; Seven Translucent Tiers. A grid study in three dimensions, by Mel Bochner; Structural Play #3. Description of a performance piece by Brian O'Doherty; The King of Denmark. Part of a musical score by Morton Feldman; recording at item 6; Fontana Mix. Musical score by John Cage; recording at item 6; Drawings for The Maze. Illustrates and describes a model by Tony Smith, included in this issue; Translation of Jealousy (Recorded excerpt). A translation by Richard Howard of the excerpt read by Robbe-Grillet on item 5; Lacking film reel containing four films by four artists: Hans Richter (Rhythm 21), Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (Lightplay excerpt), Robert Morris & Stan VanDerBeek (Site excerpt), and Robert Rauschenberg (Linoleum excerpt); advertisements.
Also included 4 items from Box 2: 4 small booklets, as Bowers: Scriabin again and again; Farewell to a Canyon; Luray: Ski Racing/Edging the possible, and The Robert Murrays.

Art direction by David Dalton and Lynn Letterman. Aspen was a multimedia magazine published on an irregular schedule by Phyllis Johnson from 1965 to 1971. Johnson described it as "the first three-dimensional magazine."

Provenance: Lars Hall (1938-2018), prominent in Swedish public relations, designer and art collector, who studied at Konstfack in Stockholm. Hall was an Art Director and one of the founders of the advertising agency Hall & Cederquist AB in 1973. He also started Gallery Camera Obscura and later Lars Hall AB, (art direction and design). He was also an avid collector of books and Fine Art photography.