Aspen magazine to be exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery

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Artefacts from 1960s multimedia magazine Aspen will go on display at London's Whitechapel Gallery this month. The magazine, founded by former Women's Wear Daily and Advertising Age editor Phyllis Johnson, was issued in a box, with each issue on a certain theme. They included records, paintings, flip books, collages, extracts from papers on LSD, sewing patterns, colouring books and more, and contributors included JG Ballard, Morton Feldman, the Bill Evans Trio, William Burroughs, John Cage, John Cale, Merce Cunningham, Philip Glass, David Hockney, John Lennon, Angus MacLise, Marshall McLuhan, Yoko Ono, The Velvet Underground, Marcel Duchamp, Marian Zazeela and La Monte Young and others (full list here).

Whitechapel Gallery will be showing the Pop Art issue created by Andy Warhol and David Dalton, which includes a detergent box cover, plus the British issue with an Ossie Clark sewing pattern for a pair of knickers, souvenirs found by Peter Blake, John Lennon's future diary and more. Further details here, and detailed documentation and digitisation of Aspen's contents here. London Whitechapel Gallery, 11 September 2012–3 March 2013.

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