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more on mainstream art mags

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wendy sauls (wsauls)
Thu, 24 Jun 1999 21:02:02 -0400


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hi all!

big hugs to you guys who gave the all the great leads to my quest for =
"non-euro" mags...maybe "euro" was too vague or an inappropriate =
description...it just really burned me when my may issue of artnews =
declared the century's 25 most influential artists - beuys, bourrgeois, =
brancusi, dali, de kooning, duchamp, judd, kandinsky, le corbusier, =
malevich, man ray, matisse, van der rohe, mondrian, monet... get my =
drift? um, hello, but where is the NON western world? kinda like the =
nightmare of janson's history of art all over again. i didn't mean euro =
as in avant garde - i love stuff that's way, way out there, =
installations and performance art are fantastic!!! maybe its more of an =
attitude? also, as betty mentioned, the writing in a lot of the popular =
mags leaves a lot to be desired. it is often uninspiring, =
unenlightening, and not very philosophical.

at the end of the school year, i give my kids an anonymous evaluation =
form to fill out about our art class. one of the questions is "what is =
one of the most important things you learned in art class this term?" i =
was pleased as tropical punch to get a number of responses like this =
one, "I learned that art is way more than fancy paintings in old musty =
museums." another student said something about learning that the art =
being made today wasn't just a lot of weird stuff that he couldn't =
understand. =20

it strikes me as ironic that a lot of the great magazines i was referred =
to are not art magazines - nat'l geo, smithsonian, and so forth. why =
can't we have an art magazine that more reflects the spirit of =
contemporary art ed, one that talks about diverse art and artists and =
places and people and ideas and materials? for people who really want =
to learn about all of art, not just the hoity toity and hot investment =
type stuff? there are lots of specialty publications but it sure would =
be cool to see it all together. envision an issue with a piece on =
grafitti from cities around the world with artist interviews (maybe a =
how-to, also?) and different countries' official stance and punishment =
for grafitti; an article about the art of pysanky (ukranian egg =
decoration); another featuring the origins and permutations of adinkra =
symbols (from the ivory coast of africa)... can you see it now?

crizmac is great, but its just a drop in the bucket against all the =
faded repros of the "great masters" still out there - thank goodness for =
the internet!

anybody want to publish a magazine? ;D

lol,

wendy

ps did anyone see the simpsons episode a few months ago when homer =
became an outsider artist? it was super! i used it for an activity =
with my kids and one said she was an outsider artist because her work as =
a child was not widely accepted as real art. whew! no kids in artnews, =
for sure (ok, 'cept for nechita)!

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hi all!
 
big hugs to you guys who gave the all the great = leads to my=20 quest for "non-euro" mags...maybe "euro" was too = vague or an=20 inappropriate description...it just really burned me when my may issue = of=20 artnews declared the century's 25 most influential artists - beuys, = bourrgeois,=20 brancusi, dali, de kooning, duchamp, judd, kandinsky, le corbusier, = malevich,=20 man ray, matisse, van der rohe, mondrian, monet... get my drift?  = um,=20 hello, but where is the NON western world?  kinda like the = nightmare of=20 janson's history of art all over again.  i didn't mean euro as in = avant=20 garde - i love stuff that's way, way out there, installations and = performance=20 art are fantastic!!!  maybe its more of an attitude?  also, as = betty=20 mentioned, the writing in a lot of the popular mags leaves a lot to be=20 desired.  it is often uninspiring, unenlightening, and not very=20 philosophical.
 
at the end of the school year, i give my kids an = anonymous=20 evaluation form to fill out about our art class.  one of the = questions is=20 "what is one of the most important things you learned in art class = this=20 term?"  i was pleased as tropical punch to get a number of = responses=20 like this one, "I learned that art is way more than fancy paintings = in old=20 musty museums."   another student said something about = learning=20 that the art being made today wasn't just a lot of weird stuff that he = couldn't=20 understand.   
 
it strikes me as ironic that a lot of the great = magazines i=20 was referred to are not art magazines - nat'l geo, smithsonian, and so=20 forth.  why can't we have an art magazine that more reflects the = spirit of=20 contemporary art ed, one that talks about diverse art and artists and = places and=20 people and ideas and materials?  for people who really want to = learn about=20 all of art, not just the hoity toity and hot investment type = stuff?  there=20 are lots of specialty publications but it sure would be cool to see it = all=20 together.  envision an issue with a piece on grafitti from cities = around=20 the world with artist interviews (maybe a how-to, also?) and different=20 countries' official stance and punishment for grafitti; an article about = the art=20 of pysanky  (ukranian egg decoration); another featuring the = origins and=20 permutations of adinkra symbols (from the ivory coast of africa)... can = you see=20 it now?
 
crizmac is = great, but its=20 just a drop in the bucket against all the faded repros of the = "great=20 masters" still out there - thank goodness for the = internet!
 
anybody want to publish a magazine? ;D
 
lol,
 
wendy
 
ps did anyone see the simpsons episode a few months = ago when=20 homer became an outsider artist?  it was super!  i used it for = an=20 activity with my kids and one said she was an outsider artist because = her work=20 as a child was not widely accepted as real art.  whew!  no = kids in=20 artnews, for sure (ok, 'cept for nechita)!
 
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