File Megazine : The Journal of the New Art Market
  • periodical
  • pictorial wrappers
  • offset-printed
  • glue bound
  • black-and-white & color
  • 25.5 x 18 cm.
  • 142 pp.
  • edition size 3000
  • unsigned and unnumbered

File Megazine : The Journal of the New Art Market

No. 28 (1987)

File Megazine, General Idea, AA Bronson, Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal, Richard Prince, Haim Steinbach, Barbara Kruger, Group Material, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Kolbowski, Antonio Muntadas, Rosemarie Trockel, Marianne Staniszewski, David Buchan, Alan Belcher

File Megazine : The Journal of the New Art Market


Next to last issue of File Megazine critiques the art market on the heals of the sale of Vincent van Gogh's masterpiece Sunflowers for a then record price of $39,921,750 on March 30, 1987 at Christie's. From the introduction editorial: "This issue of FILE we present as a commodity and it is a commodity. The artists in this issue use the language of the subject of commodification as the canvas upon which they layer their artworks..." Contents include: "Dollar Bills," inside covers by Andy Warhol; "O.T.," endpapers by Rosemarie Trockel; "Misty Two," by Richard Prince; "Editorial," by General Idea; " Capital Pictures," by Marianne Staniszewski; artists' projects by Sylvia Kolbowski, Haim Steinbach, David Buchan and Barbara Kruger; "Generic Still Lifes," by Antonio Muntadas; "Personals," by Alan Belcher; "Anti-Baudrillard," by Group Material; "Ad(veritas)ments;" "Bunny Bleu" by Richard Prince; and "Untitled (Cowboys) by Richard Prince on the back cover.


No. 8708 in "General Idea : Editions 1967 - 1995" by General Idea, Barbara Fischer, AA Bronson, Fern Bayer, Jean-Christophe Ammann, Lionel Bovier, Cathy Busby, Christophe Cherix, Joshua Decter, Diedrich Diederichsen, Mike Kelley, John Miller, Philip Monk, Stephan Trescher. Toronto, Canada : Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga, 2003, pp. 185.
"In Numbers : Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955" by Andrew Roth, Philip Aarons, Victor Brand, Clive Phillpot, Neville Wakefield, Nancy Princenthal, William S. Wilson. Zurich / New York, Switzerland / NY : JRP - Ringier / PPP Editions, 2008, pp. 176.
"Artists' Magazines : An Alternative Space for Art" by Gwen Allen. Cambridge / London, MA / United Kingdom : The MIT Press, 2011, pp. 260.
Toronto, Canada: Art Metropole,
Condition:  Good. Bumping to top right corner of recto with rubbing of cover and spine edges. 8 mm. of rubbing to first page; 7.8 cm. dog-ear to top left verso corner; 2.9 cm. dog-ear to top right corners of pages 1-10; 7.9 cm. dog-ear to top right corner of pages 141-150. Contents otherwise clean and unmarked.
[Object # 37679]