• periodical
  • pictorial wrappers
  • offset-printed
  • staple bound
  • black-and-white
  • 23.5 x 23.8 cm.
  • 84 pp.
  • edition size unknown
  • unsigned and unnumbered


[Joseph Beuys Cover] / No. 1 (Fall 1970)

Willoughby Sharp, Elizabeth Béar, Joseph Beuys, Carl Andre, Jan Dibbets, Richard Long, Robert Morris, Shunk-Kender, Robert Smithson , Michael Heizer, Dennis Oppenheim



Inaugural issue of the quarterly periodical Avalanche. Edited by Liza Bear, published by Willoughby Sharp, and designed by Boris Wall Gruphy [a pseudonym for Sharp]. Contents include: "Rumbles," featuring James Turrell, Keith Arnatt, Douglas Davis, Luis Fernanda Benedit, Paolo Soleri, Isaac Witkin, and William Wegman; "Interview: Carl Andre;" "Interview: Jan Dibbets;" "Retrospective: Richard Long;" "Pace and Process," by Robert Morris; "Portrait: Joseph Beuys," by Skunk-Kender; "Body Works," by Willoughby Sharp; "Museums: MOCA, San Francisco;" "Galleries: Reese Palley, San Francisco;" "Discussions with Heizer, Oppenheim, Smithson," by Michael Heizer, Dennis Oppenheim and Robert Smithson. Featuring Joseph Beuys on cover.


No. 4.6 and 4.9 in "Artists' Magazines : An Alternative Space for Art" by Gwen Allen. Cambridge / London, MA / United Kingdom : The MIT Press, 2011, pp. 102, 112, 242.
"Materializing Six Years : Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art" by Catherine Morris, Vincent Bonin, Julia Bryan-Wilson. Brooklyn / Cambridge, NY / MA : Brooklyn Museum / MIT Press, 2012, pp. 200.

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Condition:  Very Good. Light rubbing of cover edges and spine with a 3 mm. tear to spine. 1 cm. light crease to first two pages and light rubbing of page edges, contents otherwise clean and unmarked.
[Object # 38594]