This site is an index to Avalanche, an artist journal published in New York City from 1970-1976 by Willoughby Sharp and Liza Béar. Thirteen issues were published, one through eight in magazine format (Avalanche Magazine), nine through thirteen in tabloid newspaper format (Avalanche Newspaper).

Avalanche is closely associated with post-minimalist, post-studio conceptual artists in the United States and Europe. The journal is notable for its insistence in letting artists speak on behalf of their work and is replete with artist interviews conducted by Sharp and/or Béar, documentation of performances, and pieces created for the magazine. Avalanche is an important primary source for the study of the conceptual art scene in New York in the early 1970s. For the authoritative history of Avalanche Magazine, read Béar and Sharp’s Early History of Avalanche (London: Chelsea Space, 2005) which covers the the period when the magazine was being developed through the first two years of publication (1968-1972).

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