A complete run in 8 issues of the journal collecting artist's writings, poetry, prose, reviews, criticisms, and manifestos dealing with various branches of the arts including writing and dance, each issue approx. 4-16 pp., edited by Anita Ventura and Sidney Geist, serving as a type of precursor to contemporary artists' magazines. Illustrated from drawings and photographs. 4to. and tabloid size, folded. Original newsprint self-wrpps., housed in original inner envelope inscribed "Mr. S. Geist" and outer manila envelope from George Maciunas, some yellowing, light edgewear, overall very good condition. New York, 1960-1962.
Scrap contains brief essays and discussions on artists such as Jackson Pollock, Robert Beauchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, and Charles Cajori, a critique of an essay on Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns writing on Marcel Duchamp, Ad Reinhardt and Milton Resnick speaking at the Artists' Club, and artist statements from Alex Katz, Mary Frank, Milton Resnick, and others.
Each issue of Scrap has a unique and inventive subtitle, such as "New York Sunday Supplement", "New York's Bulwark Against Time", "New York's Retribution for Life", "New York's Outrageous Good Fortune", "New York's Finest", "All the ART News That's Fit to Print", "Here It Is.", and "The New York Art Gazette".
A note from the editors in the first issue's reads, "We mean to make some noise, break the ice, throw off the wraps. Scrap is a journal of the arts - critical, exploratory and hopeful. It solicits manuscripts, ideas, letters, and subscriptions."
A rare complete run of an early contemporary art journal.
Book ID: 51644