[NetBehaviour] A journal edited by Francis Picabia between 1917and 1924 [PDFs].
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391. Edited by Francis Picabia. Barcelona, New York, Zurich, Paris,
1917-1924. 19 Numbers.
"It's better than nothing, because really, here, there's nothing ...",
wrote Francis Picabia to Alfred Stieglitz from Barcelona on 22 January
1917, to announce the publication of his "magazine", 391, the "double"
that of the New York photographer, 291 [Cited in M. Sanouillet, 1966, p.
Even if Picabia appeared to be duplicating 291 in the title and material
presentation of his magazine, 391 is the instrument which allowed him to
diffuse his art and his ideas: from the launch of the magazine in 1917
until 1924, each issue contained the artist's poems, notes, and
drawings, and the covers almost always reproduced one of his works. The
periods in which Picabia experienced difficulty account for the
magazine's irregular rhythm of publication: a turning point in his art,
boredom, solitude, and illness... "Better than nothing": to do
everything to avoid doing nothing, to work, to create to live. For
Picabia, as for the Dada movement, which he joined after the creation of
391, these years of war were about battling nothingness, the vacuum that
is civilization, with provocation.
Between January and March of 1917, four issues appeared in Barcelona,
then three others in New York between March and July of the same year.
Behind a 'mechanomorphic' drawing by Picabia, he published texts and
illustrations from the circle of artists located in Barcelona, then from
innovative artists from New York, whom he tried to federate around his
journal, but without success; numbers six and seven contained almost
exclusively his own texts and drawings.
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