In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955

Often the pursuit of young professional artists, serialised magazine and postcard publications have long been a place to explore off-kilter and experimental work.

In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955

The Institute of Contemporary Art has gathered together periodicals from 1955 to the present day ahead of its new year exhibition In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955.

In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955

Examples of 1960s Parisian political publication the Situanionist Times have been gathered and Art and Language, from the UK. 

In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955

Some artists have used zines to record or diarise, like Tom Sach’s records of building exhibitions, or Daido Moriyama’s Kiroku – a diary and photographic record.

Already satirical or abrasive in some way,  the collections have also inspired collage by  Buster Cleveland who has recalibrated popular magazines including Life, which became File, and Art Forum which became Art For Um, turning them into 3D models with the addition of anything from cigarette buts, to plastic dinosaurs or comics.

In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955

Naturally an accompanying book will be released in tandem with the exhibition. In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955, edited by Philip Aarons and Andrew Roth documents 60 publications with essays and interviews.

In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955

The exhibition In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955 is free and runs from 25 January – 25 March 2012 at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1

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