Two publications were brought to my attention recently. They come from two different time periods, two groups of artists and they have the two coolest names of all time: Blast and Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts. Beyond my highbrow respect for anyone using expletives in titling their work, these two have amazing typography, design and lo-fi production.
Blast was magazine of art and literature from the vorticist movement. A hard-to-define moment in art history that’s often compared to futurism, though founder Wyndham Lewis claimed its independence from other movements. Blast was the vorticist’s manifesto in which they “blasted” or “blessed” people and institutions. The “hot or not” that many revolutionary art movements go through.
Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts was published by poet Ed Sanders’ Fuck You Press. (That was a fun sentence to write! I feel like I’m 13!). It featured work by William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg and Sanders himself (lead singer of The Fugs, btw). Fuck You represents the so-called mimeo revolution and reminds me of the amount of risograph publications I recently saw at The New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. Another publishing revolution?
Some images of both publications and well as some hits from Fuck You Press below. Thanks to Blair Hartzell for telling me about Blast and Brock Shorno for educating me on all forms of counter culture!
Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts
Also from Fuck You Press: