02 Nov 2010 /


By phyllis johnson

A web version of Aspen - an art publication and multimedia magazine of the arts published from 1965 to 1971.

Aspen was conceived by Phyllis Johnson, a former editor for Women's Wear Daily and Advertising Age. While wintering in Aspen, Colorado, she got the idea for a multimedia magazine, designed by artists that would showcase “culture along with play.” So in the winter of 1965, she published her first issue. “We wanted to get away from the bound magazine format, which is really quite restrictive,” said Johnson. Each issue of the magazine came in a customized box filled with booklets, phonograph recordings, posters, postcards—one issue even included a spool of Super-8 movie film. It’s all here.

Website created by Andrew Stafford.


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