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The Fox. Vols 1-3. - Art & Language

Art & Language.
The Fox. Vols 1-3.
First edition. Quarto. Three volumes [all published]. 144, 163, 186pp with b&w illustrations. Stiff paper wrappers. New York: Art & Language Foundation, 1975-1976.
Paper wrappers of all issues somewhat yellowed and with a tear to the first page of volume 1.

A complete set of the short-lived pioneering artist magazine. The Fox was started by several members of the collective Art & Language in New York. Economically printed on newsprint with paper covers, the deliberately unfinished-looking format of the magazine echoed its radical agenda.

The publication's title was an allusion to a line by Greek poet Archilochus: 'the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing'. As its chosen title suggests the magazine sought to represent a diversity of voices setting out its purpose in the first issue to revaluate ideology and 'establish some kind of community practice'.

Articles include Adrian Piper 'A Proposal for Pricing Works of Art', Joseph Kosuth 'The Artist as Anthropologist', a review of John Berger's Ways of Seeing, plus contributions from Lizzie Borden, Martha Rosler and Guerrilla Art Action Group. An important document of its time, fascinating not least in how it openly documents the tensions between different factions of the Art & Language collective in its pages, ultimately causing The Fox to cease publication after its three issues.

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