Archive of 50 issues of Artisex magazine, 1968-1971

Arlington, VA
Tallahassee, FL: Artisex Enterprises, 1968-1971. Archive of 50 issues of "Artisex" magazine, running from Volume 1, Issue 1 (January 31, 1968) through Volume IV Issue 3 (March 1971), missing only the final issue 4 (September 1971). Also included are a 1971 announcement sent to subscribers about the ending of the magazine's publication, and a 1973 notice to subscribers from RTS Enterprises, the company formed after the end of "Artisex's" publication, advertising pornographic films, books, and other material for direct sale. Most issues photo-illustrated with film stills from reviewed films. OCLC locates only a brief, incomplete run at a single institution.

"Artisex" was an independently published magazine featuring reviews of sexploitation and softcore pornographic films, featuring both brief written reviews and a numerical scale, rating films from 1 to 100 on five categories - Direction, Technical, Looks, Nudity, and Sexiness. "Artisex's" independence, as well as its focus on the more filmic elements of sexploitation cinema, were part of its desire to "improve sexy movies and oppose censorship." This wider lens also saw the magazine reviewing films which blurred the line between art and exploitation, such as "I Am Curious (Yellow)" (1967), and mainstream films that pushed boundaries of nudity, such as "Joe" (1970). The relaxing of obscenity laws, which allowed for less restrictive content in major releases, as well as the increasing availability of hardcore pornography, eventually put an end to both the sexploitation era and "Artisex's" mission.

Included in the archive are:

Volume 1: Twenty issues, running biweekly from Issue 1 through Issue 16 (August 28, 1968), and monthly thereafter. 8.5 x 11 inches (22 x 28 cm), folded.

Volume 2: 13 issues, published monthly, and including a separate "Digest Summary," listing the numerical scores of films reviewed the previous year. 8.5 x 11 inches (22 x 28 cm), folded, through August 1969, with the exception of the February 1969 issue, February 1969 and September through December 1969 issues 7 x 8.5 inches (18 x 22 cm), folded, bound with a side staple.

Volume 3: 13 issues, published monthly, and including a separate "Catalog and Digest Summary," listing the numerical scores of films reviewed in all three volumes, as well as films, books, photographs, and sexual aids for sale directly through the magazine. 7 x 8.5 inches (18 x 22 cm), folded, bound with a side staple.

Generally Near Fine, some issues with vertical center folds, or occasional holograph notations.

Church, David. Disposable Passions: Vintage Pornography and the Material Legacy of Adult Cinema. Bloomsbury, 2016, pp. 90-91.

Gornfinkel, Elena. Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s. University of Minnesota Press, 2017.


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