A collection of 22 issues of WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing. 22 issues of the seminal Southern California style magazine.
All stapled in original pictorial wrappers, as issued. In very good condition, some signs of wear and light soiling to wrappers, expected browning to newsprint.
Item #405830 A large run of this revered California lifestyle magazine, that ran to a total of 34 issues between 1976 and 1981 WET was notable for its prescient mixture of H2O culture, mild nudity, fashion, and great ads for so many trendsetting, short-lived L. WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing' covered an offbeat mix of art, music, and fashion (everything from necrophiliac performance art to the work of Ed Ruscha) in an innovative and influential visual format that helped to define the Los Angeles New Wave aesthetic.
In the first issue, editor Leonard Koren wrote:'WET is a magazine devoted to upgrading the quality of your bathing experience. Hopefully, in the great American tradition of Coca-Cola, doggie diapers and Pet Rocks, Wet will become one of the things you never imagined you needed until you find you can't live without it'... WET's influential look was said to inform, among other things, the changing style of Artforum, which earned the epithet'Wetforum' in the 1980s. Throughout its production, WET continued to draw from a variety of artists and contributors.
Contributing photographers included Eric Blum, Moshe Brakha, Guy Fery, Jim Ganzer, Brian Hagiwara, Brian Leatart, Jacques-Henri Latrigue, Dana Levy, Claude Mougin, Beverly Parker, Lisa Powers, Herb Ritts, Matthew Rolston, Raul Vega, Guy Webster, and Penny Wolin. WET also included artwork by Rip Georges, April Greiman, Matt Groening, Jim Heimann, Thomas Ingalls, Kim Jones, Jayme Odgers, Taki Ono, Futzie Nutzle, Gary Panter, Peter Shire, John Van Hamersveld, Teruhiko Yumura, and Bob Zoell (Gwen Allen titled Artists' Magazines: An Alternative Space for Art, 2015 MIT Press, page 310). Complete sets are very rare in institutions: WorldCat lists no complete holdings.Incomplete sets are held by the Getty, Yale Harvard, and MoMA. The issues present here are: 1977: Dec/Jan; June/July; Aug/Sept; Nov/Dec. 1978: Mar/Apr May/June; Jul/Aug; Sept/Oct; Nov/Dec. 1979: Jan/Feb; Mar/Apr; May/June; Jul/Aug; Sept/Oct; Nov/Dec. 1980: Jan/Feb; Mar/Apr; May/June; Jul/Aug; Dec. RIVERRUN is located 30 minutes from Midtown Manhattan along the eastern shores of the Hudson River in Ardsley, NY. We currently have over 20,000 volumes in our inventory. We are professional booksellers with thirty-years experience specializing in rare, antiquarian, and unusual books & literary manuscripts of all periods, with an emphasis on art, artists books, early printing, fine press, literature, illustrated books, science & technology, and Americana. This listing was created by Bibliopolis.
Collection of 22 issues of WET The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing" is in sale since Thursday, November 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "hudsonriverbooks" and is located in Ardsley, New York. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay.