What magazines do you read? Professionally, I read ArtForum, Art in America and New American Paintings. A few years ago, my favorite of art periodicals stopped production – New Art Examiner. It was the Midwestern-America answer to the international perspective of ArtForum (although, I believe ArtForum is more LA-influenced, these days). I subscribed to ArtCalendar for a year, but the horribly-written articles and piss-poor marketing advice grated on my nerves a little too much. By the time my subscription ran out, I was prepared to commit an act of eco-terrorism on my mailbox, due to the innumerable articles in the magazine promoting a marketing scheme based purely on “painting to the market”. That deep and intuitive advice was right at home with the editor’s endless supply of contrived choices for cover art and heart-shaped bullet points. Finally, all of the “exhibition opportunity listings” (the reason anyone subscribes at all) are easily available for free online.
I’m debating taking on a subscription to Modern Painters. It used to be a pay-to-be-shown vanity magazine, but was bought-out a few years back and has been making some interesting headway in the legitimate art world. I may just continue to cheat and read it (in the café at Borders) for a few more months before making any decisions – it’s $56/year which makes it hard to commit to a subscription although its not as bad as the insane amount of $80/year for ArtForum.
Under the heading of muse - my subscription to Montana Outdoors is forwarded to my studio in
I still pick-up the occasional Paris Review. It was the