The Flue, a quarterly journal by Franklin Furnace, was published between 1980 and 1989 to provide a record of, and venue for, the dynamic labors of artists who have chosen to work with avant-garde, non-institutionalized, democratic art forms. The sixteen issues of The Flue ran the gamut of formats: from tabloids designed and illustrated by Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine and others, to posters and pamphlets, to full-blown catalogues like Cubist Prints / Cubist Books. Then-emerging artists Ana Mendieta and David Hammons created original works for the pages of The Flue, as did artists who were invited by Regina Vater to augment the exhibition, "Multiples by Latin American Artists."
The Flue was intended to be a forum in which ideas related to artists’ use of language, the printed page, the book format, and other issues suggested by works contained in the permanent collection may be critically explored.
Contents: Introduction – Editorial -- A Report from the Archives by Matthew Hogan – Book Reviews by Shelly Rice and Reagan Upshaw – Artist’s Pages by Larry List – The Philadelphia Story: An Interview with Don Russell by Tony Whitfield – Artist’s Pages by Don Hazlitt – Interview with Ira Wool by Buzz Spector – Franklin Furnace Performances and Exhibitions – Artist’s Pages by Richard Nonas – Artist’s Books: A Chronology of Secondary Sources by Barbara Tannenbaum – Artist’s Pages by Nat Dean – Artist’s Pages by Leon Golub – Artist’s Pages by Nancy Spero—Book Marks by Alexandra Anderson – Fuel by Barbara Quinn.