Cover Design for "291" (journal)

Marius de Zayas Mexican

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De Zayas, Paul Haviland, and Agnes Ernst Meyer started the journal 291 in 1915, with later input from Francis Picabia. It existed for eleven months, from March 1915 to February 1916, and included short articles, poems, and artistic statements, paired with reproductions of artwork by the most avant-garde artists affiliated with the gallery 291. As Stieglitz recalled years later, de Zayas, Haviland, and Meyer felt that World War I had "put a damper on everything" and "that 291 [the gallery] should publish a monthly devoted to the most modern art and satire . . . [to] bring some new life into 291." Acting as artist, editor, writer, and publisher, de Zayas played an integral part in the conception and running of the periodical. This drawing, which represents an abstract caricature of Stieglitz and his camera, was used as the cover design of the first issue.

Cover Design for "291" (journal), Marius de Zayas (Mexican, Veracruz 1880–1961 Stamford, Connecticut), Black ink, watercolor, graphite, and white correction fluid with collage of cut paper on board

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