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Contemporary Art Magazines: A Critical Reading

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This class is conceived as a reading group which will focus on a single issue of an art magazine at every meeting. A sense of continuation will not be based on reading the same magazine, but rather, on asking similar questions across the board of publishing. Such questions can range from the mundane (Why is this being published right now? Is the writing worthwhile? What is the editorial line like, if one seems to exist?) to the expansive (What makes for a real contribution in art publishing? What is the role of criticism in contemporary art?). The goal is to generate a conversation that would discuss both the contemporary art scene and the practice of publishing and writing about art. Similarly, the choice of magazines can and should vary from the obvious—artforum, frieze, etc.—to the specific, like Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, Paper Monument, or Manifesta Journal.
* A parallel version of this class is currently being organized in London, at Open School East


Committee help?

Dear Dena,

Thanks for your interest -

The next session of the reading group will be on Monday, May 19, at 7:00 pm

* We'll be meeting at Eli Ping Frances Perkins gallery* on the Lower East
Side: 55-59 Chrystie Street, suite 202 (
Be prepared to quite possibly sit on the floor. We'll be reading Artforum,
the May issue.

Best wishes,

When and Where is the next meeting, I would like to join?

The course is very interesting. I will join from the next meeting. thank you

When is the next class, and what is it on?

Hello, I am new to this, this group sounds good. Please send me more information.

Just a quick note: for the first meeting (December 2, 7pm), we will be reading Artforum's November issue. We'll discuss future plans according to popular demand.


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