The Flue

Volume 1, Number 4


The Flue was a periodical published between 1980 and 1989 by the venerable institution Franklin Furnace Archive, which was founded in 1976 by the artist Martha Wilson to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize, and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, cultural bias, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. The periodical took on a multitude of media forms and functions, from organizational newsletters to exhibition supplements and catalogs, to scholarly surveys of contemporary and historical artists’ book movements. This shapeshifting approach was supplemented by artists’ projects and a changing cast of editors and designers, most of whom were artists. In total, there were sixteen issues of The Flue across six volumes, and all have been digitized and made available online for the first time here.

This issue features an interview with Wies Smals by Martha Wilson, a resource list of printing and publishing information for artists, and information for “We’ll Make Up A Title When We Meet,” a performance series that featured Nancy Angelo, Rose English, Caryn Faure-Walker, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Cheri Gaulke, Vanalyne Green, Susan Hiller, Tina Keane, Laurel Klick, Sonia Knox, Leslie Labowitz, Suzanne Lacy, Linda Montano, Linda Nishio, Hannah O’Shea, Salley Potter, Carlyle Reedy, Martha Rosler, Moira Roth, and Nina Sobell. Franklin Furnace Archive news is also included.

8 pages
11 x 17 inches
Editor: Martha Wilson
Artist / Designer: Carla Liss
Publisher: Franklin Furnace

Managing Editor (2021): James Hoff
Managing Designer (2021): Dan Bourke