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Active from 1959 to 1966 in Zagreb, the Gorgona group engaged in process-directed exercises, games, gatherings, and walks. From 1961 to 1966 Gorgona also published eleven issues of the "antimagazine" Gorgona. Unlike other art periodicals, it did not offer content such as scholarly essays or reproductions of art; instead, each issue was prepared as an original artwork by a single artist. Josip Vaništa, the group's founder, conceived the first issue, which consisted of the same photograph of an empty shop window reproduced on each of its nine pages; Julije Knifer designed the second issue, with a serpentine black-and-white geometric shape (which he called a "meander") printed on interior pages connected in a continuous loop, instead of bound. British playwright Harold Pinter turned Gorgona no. 8 into a literary issue, and Swiss artist Dieter Roth made original drawings for no. 9. Mangelos's proposal for an immaterial issue remains unrealized.

Gallery label from Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980, September 5, 2015–January 3, 2016.
Periodical with screenprinted cover and offset plate
page (each): 8 1/8 x 7 1/2" (20.7 x 19 cm)
Josip Vaništa
proof before an unknown edition
Committee on Prints and Illustrated Books Fund
Object number
© 2023 Josip Vaništa
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