The Flue

Volume 3, Number 2


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 is dedicated to the Multiples by Latin American Artists exhibition at Franklin Furnace Archive and includes the exhibition’s catalog, which is comprised of an introduction by the curator Fatima Bercht, a checklist, and “We Have Won! Haven’t We?” by Ulises Carrión. Other highlights include documentation, comments, and art by Latin American artists featuring Álvaro Barrios, Lygia Clark, Luis Diaz, Roberto Evangelista, Raphael Hastings, Clemente Padín, Alfredo Portillos, Antonieta Sosa, Regina Silveira, Ismael Vargas, and Yeni & Nan. “Is There Space for Latin American Artists” by Carla Stellweg, organizational news, and book reviews are also included.

45 pages
8 x 11 inches
Artist / Editor: Regina Vater
Designer: Adrienne Weiss
Publisher: Franklin Furnace

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