Evaluating the Options
I have been asked to research an online journal that is relevant to my work.
I considered the publications suggested by Angela Rogers. Art Review, Art Forum and Art Monthly, but all felt too ‘busy’, and their international bias made them less relevant to my need.
Art Review http://www.artreview.com
Art Forum http://www.artforum.com
Contemporary Art Daily is a ‘quieter’ publication, but its focus on international exhibitions, whilst interesting , the fact that I wouldn’t be able to see the exhibits, limits its appeal to me and where I currently am in my work. Contemporary Art Daily http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com
The Journal of Modern Craft is a possibility, but it feels more like a physical publication than an online journal. www.bergpublishers.com/bergjournals/thejournalofmoderncraft/tabid/3254/default.aspx
The Journal of Contemporary Painting will be published online from 2015. http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=239/ The Journal is aimed at academics, critics, writers, artists, curators and the gallery-going public. Research essays complement reviews and interviews that are responsive to current debates in painting and related art practices.
I also checked to see whether there was anything that focused on painting specifically, but everything I found addressed the amateur market. http://www.artistsnetwork.com/the-artists-magazine
The After All Journal is a densely worded review, devoid of illustration, which doesn’t invite the reader to linger. http://www.afterall.org/journal/issue.12/why.are.conceptual.artists.painting.again.because.
I then considered the broadsheet reviews and weekly publications. I receive a daily culture feed from the Guardian, so that is also a possibility. I finally selected The New Statesman, seduced by Caroline Crampton’s sensitive article about a little known work by John Tavener, Flood of Beauty. http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/10/sound-and-vision-john-taveners-flood-beauty
The New Statesman
This is a free (as far as I could tell) online weekly journal. The format has a familiar feel, the articles easy to read and the site is easy to navigate. The online articles are taken from a number of editions, and here perhaps is the problem, the Hodgkin exhibition runs until November 15, but the Rego finished on the 25 October.
Michael Prodger interviewed the octogenarian Howard Hodgkin, who claimed he has never liked painting, Howard Hodgkin in his studio, His exhibition Green Matters is on at the Alan Cristea Gallery, London, W1, until 15 November.
and reviewed Paula Rego’s recent exhibition, The Last King of Portugal, at the Marlborough Gallery, London, W1.
Grayson Perry was recently a guest editor, with an article ‘The Rise and Fall of Default Man’ Grayson Perry’s Attack of the Clones
Mark Lawson’s review of Steve McQueen’s Ashes, a looped video, and Broken Column, his latest sculpture at Duke St in St James, London, with the quirky title ‘Tracey Emin and Steve McQueen: still paid-up members of the awkward art squad’, is an interesting take on what might have been a rather dry description of McQueen’s latest work, with Ms Emin mockingly taking centre stage, and the said work, not in sight.
You are able to create an account and a profile page, where you can leave personalised comments, save articles to your library, and (coming soon) discuss the issues of the day with fellow New Statesmen readers, if you so desire. Email feeds are also available.
The cultural section of The New Statesman includes some thoughtful, well written articles, and is predominately London centric, which is accessible for me. Relevance to what is actually happening is probably better served by Time Out http://www.timeout.com/london, but if the reviews are of value, then, even if not current, The New Statesman is a good resource.