Gallery 98 has recently acquired a collection of rare early issues of NIGHT magazine, perhaps the most visually compelling of the many independent publications that emerged in downtown New York in the 1970s and 80s.
Founded by artist Anton Perich, NIGHT focused on NYC nightlife capturing an important “post-pop” moment when art and club culture intermixed in ways that would expand both the content and format of serious visual art.
While NIGHT was inspired by Warhol’s magazine Interview, from the start it achieved its own unique identity as a stylish, black & white picture newspaper with huge images on oversized pages, printed on quality white paper. The lush format made it attractive for outside contributors, like the now acclaimed fashion illustrator and style guru Antonio Lopez (1943 – 87) who provided a number of feature articles.
Gallery 98’s online exhibition Anton Perich’s NIGHT features issues from 1978 – 79. NIGHT temporarily halted publication in 1980, and then was revived in the mid 90s.