Film Culture - Expanded Arts. Special Issue Number Forty-Three (Winter 1966)
New York: Film Culture, 1966. Single large tabloid issue (56cm x 43cm); folded sheets, 12pp. Original horizontal and vertical folds (as issued), with mild toning to first page at fold-lines and a tiny puncture at the centerpoint (costing one or two characters of text, but no loss of sense). Otherwise quite fresh and well-preserved, with none of the usual toning to text.
The celebrated "Special Issue 43" of Jonas Mekas' long-running journal of avant-garde cinema, issued in the wake of Mekas' Expanded Cinema Festival at the Filmmakers' Cinématheque in November and December 1965. The issue's Introduction includes its twofold statement of purpose: "a) to give our readers an idea about what's going on in the avantgarde arts today, and b) to serve as a sort of catalogue or index to the work of some of the artists involved." Includes a lengthy transcription of a panel discussion on Expanded Cinema by Ken Dewey, Henry Geldzahler, John Gruen, Stan Vanderbeek and Robert Whitman at the 1966 New York Film Festival; other peices by Maxine Haleff, gregory Battcock, Gordon Ball, Henry Flynt, and others. The two pages at centerfold comprise "Fluxfest Information," highlighted by the first appearance of George Maciunas' oft-reprinted "Expanded Arts Diagram." A veritable catalogue of the mid-Sixties New York performance avantgarde, rarely found in this condition.