During these frigid temperatures, one cannot help but desire to stay home, snuggling in bed with a cup of tea. Should you choose to take a break from binging on Netflix and social media, linked here are some of my favorite arts and culture articles from a slew of this month’s magazines. Enjoy!
Art in America
“Keeping the Faith” is not just a Billy Joel song; it is also the title of Eleanor Heartney’s excellent review of two new tomes focusing on ties between the artistic and the sacred, beyond the Rothko Chapel. These include Charlene Spretnak’s The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art: Art History Reconsidered, 1800 to the Present, and Aaron Rosen’s Art + Religion in the 21st Century. Although Heartney’s article is only available in the print version of AiA, it is worth the $12 investment given the intriguing subject matter and the author’s superb writing. The AiA February issue features sculptor Stephen Westfall‘s excellent essay concerning the Joaquín Torres-Garcia survey at MoMA, as well. I had visited the Torres-Garcia show prior to reading Westfall’s article, and was thoroughly confused and disappointed. Westfall gives the reader a brisk but analytical summary of the artist’s work that is very much enlightening. Will prompt one’s desire to attend the exhibition (Joaquín Torres-Garcia: the Arcadian Modern), which unfortunately closed yesterday, although I recommend reading Westfall’s study, nonetheless.
The February issue of this hipster-chic journal features a spread entitled Zine Queens, detailing the writers’ favorite independent mags based on the location, editors, availability, origins, and aesthetics of each individual publication. I particularly like reading about zines as not only do they encompass an entire culture of their own, but they radically differ from my own work in their graphic design and artistic intentions.
A self-professed “New Contemporary Art Magazine,” Hi-Fructose is perfectly suited for lovers of the wacky and weird, who will not falter in shock while perusing the publication’s uninhibited, dark (in content) and overtly expressive pages. Hi-Fructose is a bizarre bazaar of the latest in the art world, but that does not mean it is not to be taken seriously– while its imagery is not for the faint of heart, the articles are just as relevant and compelling as those of any other more subdued periodical. Essays on pages 30 through 73 are the most accessible.
WSJ. [The Wall Street Journal Magazine]
The March edition of the WSJ Women’s Style magazine boasts Christy Turlington smiling on the cover, but inside are articles of a much more serious nature, whether calling to the reader’s attention four new ‘important’ emerging contemporary artists (Sanya Kantarovsky, Matt Connors, Rosie Wylie, and art-world prodigy Alex Da Corte) or pertaining to the new series of singular monotypes being released by the 86 year-old iconic American painter and printmaker, Jasper Johns. In The Met Goes Modern: The Met Breuer Opens with ‘Unfinished’ Artworks, Elisa Lipsky-Karasz covers the Met’s new attitude towards modern and contemporary art in the context of the museum’s inaugural use of the Marcel Breuer building on 75th street, i.e. the Whitney’s former location. Lipsky-Karasz walks the reader through the opening of Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, curated by Met newbie but industry veteran, Sheena Wagstaff, a recent import from the Tate Modern. Should you by any chance have a copy of the WSJ. issue already lying around, Lipsky-Karasz’s article is an informative read, yet I found this essay (featured here) on the same topic much more literarily compelling.
Honorable Mentions: CA [Communication Arts] Typography Annual 6 is an extremely fascinating journal exploring recent innovations in graphic design– highly recommended for the extremely visual; it does, however, get a bit tedious so I suggest reading the publication over an extended period of time.