oh for the money to subscribe to them all and then time to read them!
there are so many great resources if you know where to look. the
Smithsonian ( http://www.smithsonianmag.com/ ) almost always has an art
related article and they don't limit these to western (euro) art. e.g.
the 12/98 issue has an awesome article called "The Age of Edo" about the
japanese exhibit at the National Gallery.
National Geographic ( http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ ) is another
super source. e.g. 9/98 "Valley of the Kings" showing art of ancient
egypt; 4/99 "Journey to the Copper Age" in part about craft of metalwork
for ritual and trade 4,000BC; 6/99 "Ancient Art of the Sahara", an
african version of native american, aust. aboriginal, and eurpoean rock
art (the foldout of a 7,000-yr-old giraffe herd engraved on a libyan
cliff is absolutely breathtaking!)
for strictly art mags try *Art & Antiques* which has information about
ancient art from all over the planet; *African Arts*, all about old and
new african art; and there's one that has all Native American art -
can't remember the title but have seen it at borders, at museum shops,
and in university/museum libraries.
completely off the subject of wendy's question but back to the
interdisciplinary thread i started with, the New York Academy of
Sciences publishes a neat magazine called "The Sciences" available at
borders or online ( http://www.nyas.org/sciences.htm ). The cover and
every article are beautifully illustrated with four-color repros from
museum and gallery collections that complement the science articles with
amazing clarity. e.g. the jan/feb 91 issue (i saved!) has a 6-pg article
on the dying off of songbirds with 4 color illustrations: "Tennessee
Warbler" by Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1895); a 1st century Roman fresco; an
Audubon; and "Untitled (Mirage)" by Pat Steir, 1985. The only info about
the art is given in picture credits, but i love the publisher's idea of
communicating the scientific idea by means of the aesthetic image.
well, the reason i seem to have all these mags at the ready is because
i'm packing to move! and right now i'm not getting very far! later,
linda in michigan