more from the November/December 2013 issue:
In Praise of
by Steve Locke
Inside the Box
by Gwen Allen
Beyond the Scene & Herd Effect
by Sarah Hromack
November/December 2013: Art Magazines
Letter from the Guest Editor
I have to admit that at first, I didn't know what to do with the invitation to guestedit
an issue of ART PAPERS. It was enticing as a notion, but the thought of
actually doing it put me in a bind. You see, I already have a magazine.
In fact, Roger White and I started Paper Monument ourselves, which means we
have always done exactly as we please. So while the ART PAPERS gig appealed
in the abstract, each editorial idea I had was closely trailed by a fatal question:
Why not do it at Paper Monument? It was a peculiar and vexing dilemma.
At a certain point, however, I untied the knot: the entire issue would have to be
about art magazines themselves.
You are at the very least a reader of art magazines, so I am assuming this is a
shared concern. You may not have intended to read an entire issue devoted to
the subject, but then again—when did you last read an entire issue? I hope you
can skip around in here as you would in any magazine, and I hope you enjoy it.
Since I come to art magazines not only as an editor but also as a writer and
reader, artist and critic, academic and nonacademic, subscriber and unsubscriber,
producer and consumer, I have adopted an explicitly heterogeneous
approach. I also feel like art magazines have themselves reached a point of
maximum variety. It seemed important to capture some of that—for posterity,
yes, but also so we ourselves can better appreciate it.
I have tried, in 64 pages, to get it all in. Past, present, future; stats, footnotes,
scribbles, gossip; zines, journals, glossies, blogs; Iran, China, Poland, Colombia;
print, reprint, web, digital; ads, fonts, layouts, deadlines, distribution; poets, art
historians, proofreaders, hacks; Detroit, Dhaka, Cape Town, Istanbul; and of
course, there is a bunch of Artforum.
The issue even boasts a freaky, gender rebending hybrid of David Letterman and
Lynda Benglis (with her famous dildo).
Art magazines—what can I say?