Gallery 98

Art Ephemera 1963 – 2001

East Village Eye, 1979-1987

Leonard Abrams publisher of the East Village Eye, 1981. Photograph by Tom Warren.

Leonard Abrams publisher of the East Village Eye, 1981. Photograph by Tom Warren.

Leonard Abrams was just 24 years old when he started the East Village Eye in early 1979.  Filling a void left after the closing of the East Village Other seven years before, and riding the wave of a newly revived East Village kick-started by CBGB and the rise of Punk, the Eye grew quickly and published regularly from May 1979 through January 1987.  Ultimately, the somewhat erratic monthly was to produce 72 issues. Early issues had print runs of 5,000; later issues in the mid teens.

Abrams defined the Eye as a “community in print” incorporating news, nightclubs, art, film, music, and fashion. There was no pay but plenty of high profile contributors like Richard Hell, Cookie Mueller, Glenn O’Brien, Futura 2000, David Wojnarowicz, and Danceteria owner Rudolf. The paper can now be prized for historic art coverage that helped fuel the highly publicized rise of East Village artists and galleries in the early-1980s. The Eye’s first art director was Christof Kohlhofer, a member of the downtown artist group Collaborative Projects, Inc. (Colab). The Eye chronicled Colab projects like the Times Square Show and the gallery ABC No Rio, and featured pullout centerfolds by Colab artists. During the early-to mid-1980s, the Eye’s art editors were Walter Robinson and Carlo McCormick, authors of the seminal Art in America article that first defined East Village art. Features editor Steven Hager, later the author of the first books on hip-hop and nightclub art, kept the Eye on top of developments in graffiti and rap music. Eye covers spotlighted Robert Mapplethorpe, Sue Coe, Richard Hambleton, Mike Bidlo, and many other visual artists.

Gallery 98 has obtained a nearly complete set of the East Village Eye that we are now making available individually.  Discounts are available for purchases of 3 or more items.

 

Exhibition Items

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East Village Eye, Volume 1 Number 1

1979/05, Issue Number 1 (May 1979). Pristine Condition. James White, Jack Curtis, EV Film

East Village Eye, Vol. 1 No. 2

1979/06, Walter Robinson, Jenny Holzer, John Ahearn, Fashion

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East Village Eye, Vol. 1 No. 3

1979/07, Suicide, Edit DeAk, Taylor Mead CF, Tina L’Hotsky, Seth Tobocman

East Village Eye, Vol. 1 No. 4

1979/10, John Lurie, Rosa Von Praunheim, Christof Kohlhofer CF

East Village Eye, Vol. 1 No. 5

1979/10, Richard Hell’s Slum Journal, Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe

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East Village Eye, Vol. 2 No. 8

1980/03, Richard Hell’s Slum Journal, Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party, Animal X

East Village Eye, Vol. 2 No. 10

1980/04, Richard Hell’s Slum Journal, John Cale, War & Fashion

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East Village Eye, Vol. 2 No. 11

1980/04, Tina L’Hotsky, Gary Indiana

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East Village Eye, Vol. 2 No. 12

1980/06, John Holmstrom’s “Death of Punk,” Chris Burden, Slugger Ann

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East Village Eye, Vol. 2 No. 13

1980/07, David McDermott, Richard Hell’s Slum Journal, TV Party Manifesto

East Village Eye, Vol. 2 No. 14

1980/09, Art or Fashion, Betsy Johnson, World War III

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East Village Eye, Vol. 2 No. 15

1980/11, Thanksgiving 1980: Fashion Moda, Rudolf, Christy Rupp CF, Edit deAk, Gary Indiana

East Village Eye, Vol. 2 No. 16

1980/12, Lee Quinones, Fashion Moda, A More Store Ad by Tom Otterness, Slits

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East Village Eye, Vol. 3 No. 17

1981/03, Year in Death, Lester Bangs Letter

East Village Eye, Vol. 3 No. 18

1981/07, Clash, Eno Interview, Cookie Mueller, Y Pants

East Village Eye, Vol. 3 No. 19

1982/01, Fab 5 Freddy, Wild Style, Break Dancing, Futura 2000

East Village Eye, Vol. 3 No. 20

1982/04, David Byrne, Bob Marley Interview, Mudd Club

East Village Eye, Vol. 3 No. 21

1982/05, Tim Leary, Gang of Four, Death of Soho News

East Village Eye, Vol. 3 No. 22

1982/06, Afrika Bambaataa, Lenny Kaye, Kathy Acker, Laurie Anderson

East Village Eye, July 1982

1982/07, Lisa Sliwa interview Marcia Resnick cover

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East Village Eye, Vol. 4 No. 24

1982/08, Nina Hagen, Richard Hell, Ellen Berkenblit, Henry Chalfont

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East Village Eye, Vol. 4 No. 25

1982/09, Melle Mel, Baird Jones, Gary Indiana, Nazi Art

East Village Eye, Vol. 4 No. 25

1982/10, Keith Haring, Rammellzee interview

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East Village Eye, Vol. 4 No. 24

1982/11, Phase 2, Henry Geldzahler, Spalding Gray, Helmut Newton

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East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 25

1983/01, John Waters, Billy Idol, Joseph Nechvatal, Cookie Mueller

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 29

1983/02, Patti Astor, “Iconoklast Panzerism” at Fashion Moda, The Roxy

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East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 30

1983/03, Nick Zedd, Jane Dickson, Laurie Anderson, Wim Wenders

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East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 31

1983/04, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Hambleton, Alan Vega

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 32

1983/05, Rainer Fassbinder, Jackie Curtis, Dennis Hopper

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 33

1983/06, Alan Vega, John Zorn, Double Dutch, Ethyl Eichelberger

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 34

1983/07, Tales of Desire, Rudolf, Lynne Tillman, Air Graffiti, Stefan Eins

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 35

1983/08, Ann Magnuson, Kristian Hoffman, Eurythmics

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 36

1983/09, Lady Pink & Jenny Holzer, John Sex, D.A. Pennebaker

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 37

1983/10, E.V. Art, Richard Hambleton, Robert Colescott, Michael Stewart

East Village Eye, Vol. 4 No. 24

1983/11, Steve Mass on Mudd Club, Lizzie Borden, Duncan Hannah

East Village Eye, December/ January 1983

1983/12, Boy George, Miles Davis

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East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 40

1984/02, Glenn Branca, Artists Call, Christof Kohlhofer, James Romberger

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 41

1984/03, Heroin, George Clinton, Mark Kostabi, Twyla Tharp

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East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 24

1984/04, Run DMC, John Sex, William Burroughs, Judy Rifka

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East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 43

1984/05, Barbara Kruger, Futura 2000, Bill Rice, Walter Robinson

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 44

1984/06, Tuli Kupferberg, John Cale, Sarah Charlesworth, Eric Bogosian

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 45

1984/07, David Wojnarowicz, Ed Sanders & Tuli Kupferberg, Charles Burns

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 46

1984/08, Lou Reed, Fashion with Wendy Wild and Lydia Lunch

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 47

1984/09, Tama Janowitz, John Lydon, Stephen Sprouse/Stefano Fashion

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 48

1984/10, Sue Coe, Jim Jarmusch, Martin Wong, Steven Parrino, Bill T. Jones

East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 49

1984/11, Wim Wenders, Bobby G, Greer Lankton, Dean Johnson Fashion

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East Village Eye, Vol. 5 No. 50

1984/12, Fred Schneider, Robin Winters, Rudolf

East Village Eye, Vol. 6 No. 51

1985/02, Stephen Lack, Mick Farren, Les Levine, Ping Chong

East Village Eye, Vol. 6 No. 52

1985/03, Death of Graffiti artist Michael Stewart

East Village Eye, Vol. 6 No. 53

1985/04, Kurtis Blow, Computer Art, Willoughby Sharp, Cookie Mueller

East Village Eye, Vol. 6 No. 54

1985/05, Susan Seidelman, “Desparately Seeking Susan”

East Village Eye, Vol. 6 No. 55

1985/06, East Village Map, John Lurie, Survival Research Laboratories

East Village Eye, Vol. 6 No. 56

1985/07, Gentrification, Ethyl Erhelberger, Gary Panter, Diamanda Galas

East Village Eye, Vol. 6 No. 57

1985/08, Karen Finley, Allen Ginsberg, Nancy Spero, Patrick McGrath

East Village Eye, Vol. 7 No. 58

1985/09, Sade, Nina Hagen, Krush Groove, Music & Fashion

East Village Eye, Vol. 7 No. 59

1985/10, David Wojnarowicz, Mike Bidlo, Lucy Lippard, Rene Ricard

East Village Eye, Vol. 7 No. 60

1985/11, David Wojnarowicz, Jean-Luc Godard, Webo

East Village Eye, Vol. 7 No. 61

1985/12, Jay McInerney, David Wojnarowicz, Plato’s Retreat, AIDS in E.V.

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East Village Eye, Vol. 8 No. 62

1986/02, David Wojnarowicz, Madonna, Rei Kawakubo

East Village Eye, Vol. 8 No. 63

1986/03, Phoebe Legere, Heroin, Fashion, Roland Hagenberg

East Village Eye, Vol. 8 No. 64

1986/04, Special E.V. Report, Yuppies, Homesteaders, Best & Worst; Includes E.V. map supplement

East Village Eye, Vol. 8 No. 65

1986/05, Tom Waits, Alex Grey, Alan Vega

East Village Eye, Vol. 8 No. 66

1986/06, Move Bombing In Philly, Eric Mitchell, Julie Wachtel

East Village Eye, Vol. 8 No. 67

1986/07, John Lydon, David Wojnarowicz, Ira Cohen, Fela Kuti

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East Village Eye, Vol. 8 No. 68

1986/08, The Graffiti Question, Taki, Phase II, Coco 144, Sidney Janis, E.V. Books

East Village Eye, Vol. 8 No. 69

1986/09, Brett Easton Ellis, Computer Art, 8 B.C., Semiotics

East Village Eye, Vol. 8 No. 70

1986/10, Vito Acconci, Richard Kern, Sid & Nancy, TV & Contemporary Art

East Village Eye, Vol. 8 No. 71

1986/12, Beastie Boys, Iggy Pop, Nam June Paik, Ruth Kligman

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East Village Eye, Vol.  No. 72

1987/01, Highlights From Past Issues; Best Of The Eye 1979-86