Egmont Arens (1889-1966)
“Playboy: A Portfolio of Art and Satire, No. 2”
March through April, 1919
Archives of American Art
This is the second issue of a series of nine hand-printed magazines. In 1919, twenty-nine year-old Eggie Arens launched the first American modern art magazine with a used letterpress in the back room of his recently purchased Washington Square Bookshop at 27 W. 8th Street in Greenwich Village. Issues contained articles, poems, advertisements, and artwork contributed by a variety of artists and writers. The men and women who agreed to contribute to “Playboy” were a Who’s Who of Bohemia, including Rockwell Kent, William Gropper, Lola Ridge, Vachel Lindsay, Louise Bryant, Max Weber, Alfred Kreymborg, Djuna Barnes, D.H. Lawrence, Ben Hecht, Horace Brodsky, Mina Loy, Ethel Plummer, John Storrs, Alfred Frueh, William Zorach, Paul Gauguin, Paul Thevenaz, George Bellows, Alexander Brook, Alfred Stieglitz, Hunt Diedrich, Georgia O’Keeffe, Sherwood Anderson, Edmund Wilson Jr., John Dos Passos, James Joyce and E.E. Cummings.
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