Art Talk: Reading List

So, I am still nailing down a final format for this column. I think each week we will discuss and compare two pieces, a historical work and a contemporary work, as part of a larger topical discussion as it relates to these works. So, if you have any recommendations, or if you have an art topic you would like to discuss, feel free to let me know!

In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a list of my favorite art magazines and blogs to provide some insight into how I learn about new artists, trends and art news.

1. Juxtapoz Magazine

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This is by far my favorite contemporary art magazine. Not only do I love the overall style of the magazine and their website, but I also love how they organize their content. Juxtapoz covers more traditional mediums such as painting and photography, but they also break out to include other forms of art including street art, erotica and installation. I think Juxtapoz serves an important role in reporting on the art world in our current society.

More than ever, artists are breaking boundaries and experimenting with materials and how to effectively deliver their message. Thanks to Juxtapoz, my eyes have been opened to so many different styles of art, and so many different ways of telling a story — a true story — using art. Juxtapoz is the perfect magazine to discover the newest and edgiest in fine art creation today.

2. Hi-Fructose Magazine

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Hi-Fructose is very similar to Juxtapoz in that they report on more of the edgier, non-traditional artists creating today. While they seem to focus more on painting, drawing and illustration, they do feature some varied forms of art including installation and multi-media. Hi-Fructose’s website isn’t as navigable as Juxtapoz, but their magazine is gorgeous. They include so many images of work from the artists in addition to their features. I really appreciate their focus on images because I think it helps do the artists’ work justice while also imprinting more of an impression on readers. It’s such a colorful vibrant magazine and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for some new, contemporary fascinations.

3. Artsy

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Artsy is a must-know for any art fanatic. The bulk of this website is dedicated to chronicling the history of art. You can browse or search for any artist and lean more about their background and style. You can also find out where their work is stored in collections and what pieces may be up for sale soon. They also have a magazine portion where they publish articles about important news within the art world and discussions about topics such as forgotten masters and trends. This is such a smart website with lovely, articulate articles that are both informative and really get you thinking about issues you may have not heard in other forms of media. And it’s beautiful, to boot.

4. Flavorwire

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I have been a long-time reader of Flavorwire because they have such a range of information relating to the entertainment world. They write about books, TV, movies, music and, of course, art. Their articles are similar to the ones from the Artsy Magazine, in that they are extremely well-written, well-informed and just plain interesting. Not only do they have articles about news and controversy within the art world, but they also feature artists in Juxtapoz fashion. While they do feature a range of work, the majority of features I’ve read in their art section have been about photography series, which they seem to have a great interest in. Flavorwire has a gorgeous, extremely clean website, which also helps to enhance the photos and other artwork. Again, a great place for all things entertainment and definitely a good place to get your art news as well.

5. Southwest Art Magazine

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Disclaimer: I work here. However, I hadn’t really heard of this magazine before I applied for the job. Since working here, I have learned of so many artists who have really proven their skill and built a reputation in the art community in their chosen medium. Southwest Art is a more traditional magazine. We mainly feature representational artwork (like landscapes, portraits, animals and wildlife.) The work ranges from super-realism to more impressionistic interpretations. Each magazine features emerging artists, featured artists and previews of upcoming art events mainly in the U.S. I’ve learned of so many new artists who all have such unique styles, just in the first month of working here! I highly recommend getting the magazine because it is incredibly clean, but you can also find stories and previews online.

There are so many other magazines and blogs out there that I have yet to discover, so if you have a favorite not mentioned here, please let me know! I’m always on the lookout for more reading material. This media is so important to continuing the discussion about art and its evolution in a world where creativity and innovation are at their peak. And I can’t wait to see more.

What are your favorite art magazines or blogs? How do you think this media helps us learn more about art history and the current evolution of trends in the art world? Let’s talk.

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