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The Tiger’s Eye
Volume 5
October 1948
Cover from a painting by John Stephan

In the editors’ note, “The Intention of The Tiger’s Eye,” printed in the first issue of the innovative art and literature magazine, Ruth and John Stephan wrote: “The intention of The Tiger’s Eye is to be a bearer of ideas and art. In the belief that art is a quest that can be good only as water is good, there is no wish to reach for a halo of GOOD, which is a prudish proud ambition. It places its dependence, instead, on ingenuous and ingenious artists and writers, whoever and wherever they are, as they move through the dimensions of curiosity.”1 The magazine moved through the dimensions of curiosity” by organizing theme issues around topics like modern sculpture, the sublime, and this issue, which investigates the art and literature of Andean cultures. “Language is the primary abstraction,” the editors note in their introduction to this issue. Referring to the featured artwork, the editors continue: “we must realize that a sentence is not the only packmule for an idea. It is in the realm of the pictorial where language can find new expressions of reality.” 2

1 Ruth Stephan and John Stephan, “The Intention of The Tiger’s Eye,” The Tiger’s Eye, 1 (October 1947): 52.
2 Ruth Stephan and John Stephan, “Language is the Primary Abstraction,” The Tiger’s Eye, 5 (October 1948): 73.
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