The Bridge No. 3. Howard Munson.
The Bridge No. 3
The Bridge No. 3
The Bridge No. 3
The Bridge No. 3

The Bridge No. 3

San Francisco: Self-published, [1983]. Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 217 x 142 mm), [36] pages in stapled illustrated card wrappers. Third and apparently final issue of "The Bridge," a sort of artists' book, art magazine, and portfolio of new art all wrapped into one, published by San Francisco artist Howard Munson. (On the title page, Munson describes his role as "editor, ad man, publisher, designer, collater, and staff.") The magazine features drawings by Amy Chaiklin that are part of a show called Social Mis-Conducts at Plastic Image in Boston as well as photographs by Robin Bullard that are billed as an advertisement. There's also a review of a show at the San Francisco Art Institute in February 1983 featuring works created by Xerox; the show included Bridge No. 2. This issue of the Bridge also contains a section on alternative artist publications and excerpts from entries to a show of mail art on the theme of art school. Example: "Our Lady of Immaculate Perception, Pray we may be saved from perpetual art school.....Blessed Art Thou...?" One of the most striking elements of this issue -- among many -- are two works of art created for the magazine. Artist Paul Kwan has contributed four illustrated cards that are in a pocket attached to the inside of the front cover. And attached to the inside of the rear cover is an eight-page illustrated piece called "Re Ipsa Loquitur: Major Themes in Western Art Since May 15, 1983," by Arnold Iger. As far as we have been able to determine, there were only three issues of The Bridge, this being the last one. The front cover states, "This special edition includes an inventory of small press artist publications and alternative resources for the media guerrilla." OCLC shows holdings of this issue at only three institutions: UCLA, California State East Bay, and the Kunstbibliothek in Berlin. OCLC accession numbers: 15139537 for the first two and 934984567 for Berlin. Scarce in commerce. A quirky, fun journal on artists' printed works published by an artist. SCARCE. Item #2237

CONDITION: Light soiling to wrappers and some creasing, internally one or two tiny stains but otherwise clean and unmarked. Very Good or better.

Price: $200.00

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