CONTEMPORARY ART MEDIA PERIODICALS
“Millennium Magazines”, an exhibition of experimental art and design magazines from the year 2000 onward, is currently running at MoMA from 20 February to 14 May 2012. The show includes a number of journals that are from Asia or are about contemporary Asian art.
Art Radar went through the collection and picked out the magazines that either deal exclusively with contemporary Asian art or are published in Asia.
1. Bidoun Magazine | Middle Eastern art magazine
Bidoun Magazine covers contemporary artists from the Middle East. It is part of Bidoun Projects, an organisation that sponsors a variety of curatorial and educational programs about contemporary Middle Eastern culture.
2. Graphic | graphic design publication from South Korea
Published in Seoul, Graphic is a bilingual quarterly that dedicates every issue to a single, non-mainstream trend in graphic design.
3. Here and There | contemporary culture magazine from Japan
Here and There is Japanese artist Nakako Hayashi’s personal project documenting the culture that surrounds her in an almost diary-like style.
4. The National Grid | New Zealand-based graphic design fanzine
5. Pages | bilingual magazine with a focus on Iranian art
Pages magazine, in Farsi and English, is part of an ongoing project by artists Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi to examine how the interaction of local discourses can generate critical practices.
6. Picnic Magazine | Israeli image magazine
Composed entirely of images, Picnic Magazine covers a wide range of contemporary culture, aspiring to be “a visual guide to your new reality”.
7. White Fungus | art magazine based in Taichung, Taiwan
Conceived in Wellington, New Zealand as a “quasi political manifesto” by brothers Ron and Mark Hanson, the first edition of this culture magazine was delivered in Christmas wrapping paper, anonymously thrown through the entrances of various businesses.
Organised by Rachael Morrison and David Senior, “Millennium Magazines” seeks to explore “the various ways in which contemporary artists and designers utilise the magazine format as an experimental space for the presentation of artworks and text.” The exhibition featured 100 journals in total. All of the texts in the show are drawn from the Museum of Modern Art Library and cover a diverse range of journalistic styles, from experimental art criticism to image-only documentaries.
With only seven magazines dealing with or based in the region, Asian magazines were a notable minority in the exhibition. Were there any periodicals they missed that you would have included? Leave us a comment below with your recommendations.
- What is ahead for contemporary Asian art, 2012 and beyond? Part III – January 2012 – part of our trend series, including one section on the growth of Asian art magazines
- Hyperallergic blogger explores contemporary Philippine art with new series – December 2011 – artist and curator An Xiao documents her conversations with art professionals around Manila
- How to preserve art ephemera – resource alert – October 2011 – an article that discusses how to best preserve a variety of contemporary art documents, including magazines
- Ask for an art mag subscription for Christmas: 5 suggestions – December 2010 – Art Radar‘s recommendation for contemporary Asian art magazines
- Antonia Carver named Art Dubai director, lends Middle Eastern art insight to fair – July 2010 – editor-at-large for Bidoun Magazine becomes the director of the important fair
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