Art Monthly is the UK’s leading magazine of contemporary visual art. Published ten times a year, it keeps you in touch with today’s fast-moving art world through in-depth features, interviews with leading lights, profiles on rising stars and up-to-the-minute coverage of trends from independent critics.
In addition to the extensive reviews section covering exhibitions and books, Art Monthly is the only magazine with regular columns on artists’ books and multiples, Letters From foreign correspondents and legal issues. It is the first with news and views.
If you want to get closer to the ideas behind new art, you need to read Art Monthly.
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Editor: Patricia Bickers
Associate Editor/Online Editor: David Barrett
Assistant Editor/Production Manager: Chris McCormack
Listings: Mark Lewis
Art Monthly Talk Show: Matt Hale / Chris McCormack
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Subscription/Distribution: Ashiya Eastwood
Proofreader: Penny Williams
Company Secretary: Letty Mooring
Publisher: Jack Wendler
Print Design: Beverley Jackson
While Art Monthly is part funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio organisation, the magazine is primarily funded by its advertisers and its readers, in particular its subscribers and patron subscribers.
Founded in 1976 by Peter Townsend and Jack Wendler, Art Monthly is the UK’s oldest, most authoritative and challenging contemporary art magazine whose editorial policy has remained fundamentally unchanged from that outlined in the first editorial: ‘to provide informed coverage on contemporary art and the issues that surround it’. (For a fuller history of the magazine, see ‘Art Monthly 1976-’.)
The first issue of Art Monthly carried an obituary for Marcel Broodthaers designed by Richard Hamilton and included an artist’s page by Carl Andre in response to the ‘bricks at the Tate’ controversy at the time.
Art Monthly is dedicated to covering the visual arts in context – in features, interviews, reviews, profiles, reports and polemics, as well as regularly reviewing artists’ books, multiples, video, internet art, books and film. Still controversial, Art Monthly was the first magazine to identify and debate the ‘yBa’ phenomenon – a term coined by Simon Ford in a feature entitled ‘Myth Making’ published back in March 1996 – and continued to track Charles Saatchi’s effect on the market for British art in the feature ‘Sense and Sensation’ by Art Monthly editor Patricia Bickers in November 1997. Issues Art Monthly has tackled more recently include: the proliferation of biennales, the rise of the curator and the crisis in criticism, the influence of relational aesthetics and of the concept of ‘altermodernity’, the corporatisation of art education, the politics of beauty, the relationship between art and politics, the impact of globalisation on art.
Regular Art Monthly columns include the pioneering Artlaw column, written by specialist Henry Lydiate, which guides readers through the intricacies of legal issues. (The Artlaw columns are now available on the Artquest website.) The regular Letter From series covering specific art scenes around the UK and across the world has become one of the most popular sections in the magazine.
Since 1976, the interview has remained a key part of the Art Monthly project, beginning with the modernist pioneer Naum Gabo and reclusive painter Agnes Martin, and including several artists who have since become widely known: Tacita Dean, Damien Hirst, Steve McQueen, Mike Nelson, Mark Wallinger, Gillian Wearing and others. A first volume of interviews has been published, Talking Art: Interviews with Artists since 1976, and a second is planned. Art Monthly is also launching its 4th series of live Talking Art events in collaboration with Tate Modern. Previous interviews from the series with, for example, John Baldessari, Glenn Ligon, Cornelia Parker, Pipilotti Rist, Martha Rosler or Lawrence Weiner can be accessed in the Events section.
Many now established artists received their first serious review, or their first in a British publication, in the pages of Art Monthly, among them Thomas Demand, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Shirin Neshat, Cornelia Parker and Rachel Whiteread, while artists profiled at formative moments early in their careers include: Fiona Banner, Martin Creed, Ceal Floyer, Susan Philipsz, Sam Taylor-Wood and Gillian Wearing.
Few other art magazines can equal the range of brilliant writers who have contributed to Art Monthly and continue to make it one of the most vital forums for gaining a truly critical insight into the many worlds of contemporary art. Among the hundreds of artists, curators, critics and art historians who have written for Art Monthly are Dawn Ades, Michael Archer, Dave Beech, Iwona Blazwick, Eddie Chambers, JJ Charlesworth, Lynne Cooke, Alex Farquharson, Margaret Garlake, Liam Gillick, Teresa Gleadowe, Charles Harrison, Matthew Higgs, Donald Judd, Lisa LeFeuvre, Sally O’Reilly, Genesis P-Orridge, Mark Prince, Irving Sandler, Julian Stallabrass, Andrew Wilson and Sarah Wilson. (For a full list of contributors see below.)
In recent years Art Monthly has branched out, launching the Art Monthly Roadshow, taking the debate directly to our audiences, and now has its own regular radio Talk Show on Resonance FM. Art Monthly can also now be followed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Art Monthly website, which was first launched in the 1990s, has recently been updated to offer new features such as the London Gallery Map and UK Gallery Map as well as archives of events and back issues.
Larne Abse Gogarty, Sam Ainsley, Ed Allington, Simon Anderson, Niamh Ann Kelly, Rasheed Araeen, Michael Archer, Matthew Arnatt, Michelle Atherton, Robert Ayers, Joe Banks, Stephen Bann, Barry Barker, Paul Barlow, Cyril Barrett, David Barrett, Shumon Basar, Kathy Battista, Mark Beasley, Dave Beech, Pryle Behrman, Andrew Bick, Patricia Bickers, Susanne Bieber, Nicky Bird, Helen Blaker, Iwona Blazwick, Monica Bohm Duchen, Michael Bracewell, Guy Brett, David Briers, Andrew Brighton, Neal Brown, Craig Burnett, David Burrows, Stephen Bury, Maud Capelle, Brian Catling, Eddie Chambers, Miles Champion, David Chandler, JJ Charlesworth, Krzysztof Cieszkowski, George Clark, Chris Clarke, Paul Claydon, James Clegg, Alex Coles, Matthew Collings, Maeve Connolly, Roger Cook, Sarah Cook, Richard Cork, Michael Corris, Suzanne Cotter, Michelle Cotton, Cathy Courtney, Ann Coxon, Amanda Crabtree, Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Nick Crowe, Juan Cruz, David Cunningham, Penelope Curtis, Louise Dany, Anthony Davies, Gail Day, Thibaut De Ruyter, Toni del Renzio, Anna Dezeuze, Bob Dickinson, Claire Doherty, Barnaby Drabble, Bill Drummond, Mark Durden, Jimmie Durham, Deke Dusinberre, Michael Ellis, Rebecca Engmann, Charles Esche, Morgan Falconer, Alex Farquharson, Caryn Faure Walker, Paula Feldman, Peter Fink, Alec Finlay, Simon Ford, Lucy Forsyth, Reuben Fowkes, Francis Frascina, Maria Fusco, Christophe Gallois, Rachel Garfield, Margaret Garlake, Robert Garnett, Michael Gibbs, Liam Gillick, Colin Gleadell, Teresa Gleadowe, David Gleeson, Colin Glen, Adrian Glew, Mark Godfrey, Mel Gooding, Clare Grafik, Beryl Graham, Catherine Grant, Richard Grayson, Alison Green, Gavin Grindon, Melissa Gronlund, Bruce Haines, Kit Hammonds, Rikke Hansen, Allan Harkness, Jonathan Harris, Mark Harris, Sarah Harrison, Gill Hedley, Martin Herbert, Simon Herbert, Matthew Higgs, David Hills, Michael Holman, Stewart Home, David Hopkins, Sophie Howarth, Andrew Hunt, Ian Hunt, Mark Hutchinson, Robert Hutchison, Richard Hylton, Jaki Irvine, Jakob Jakobsen, Sarah James, John Janssen, Daniel Jewesbury, Susan Johanknecht, Gareth Jones, John Jordan, Mel Jordon, Ben Judd, Jeff Kastner, John Kelly, Niamh Ann Kelly, Klara Kemp-Welch, Peter Kennard, Dean Kenning, Sarah Kent, Joan Key, Omar Kholeif, Natalie King, Christopher Kul-Want, Sotiris Kyriacou, L Foundation, Rob La Frenais, Joseph La Placa, Pablo Lafuente, Sally Lai, Axel Lapp, Cliff Lauson, Lisa Le Feuvre, Stephen Lee, Esther Leslie, Rosie Lesso, Adrian Lewis, David Lillington, Dany Louise, Henry Lydiate, Elisabeth Mahoney, Anna Malik, Claire Manchester, Alex Mari, David Marriott, Craig Martin, Joseph Masheck, Anne Massey, Julian Maynard Smith, Ellen McBreen, Chris McCormack, Laura McLean-Ferris, Nina Mehta, Christopher Meigh-Andrews, Adam E Mendelsohn, Rod Mengham, Katherine Meynell, Jeremy Millar, Alicia Miller, Daniel Miller, David Miller, Coline Milliard, Laura Moffatt, John Molyneux, Stuart Morgan, Lynda Morris, Simon Morrissey, Jack Mottram, David Musgrave, Sandy Nairne, Sachiko Namba, Martin Newman, Michael Newman, Richard Noble, Kirsten Norrie, Paul O’Neill, Michael O’Pray, Sally O’Reilly, Genesis P Orridge, Paul Overy, Judith Palmer, Lisa Panting, Graham Parker, Jon Parr, Martin Patrick, Simon Patterson, Hugh Pearman, Vincent Pécoil, Shan Peng, Colin Perry, Gill Perry, David Peters Corbett, Deanna Petherbridge, Clive Phillpot, Sophia Phoca, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, Barbara Pollack, Matt Price, Mark Prince, James Pyman, John Reardon, Valerie Reardon, Al Rees, Craig Richardson, John Roberts, Kristian Romare, Anne Rorimer, Karen Rosenberg, David Ryan, Emma Safe, Irving Sandler, Peter Scott, Benedict Seymour, Deborah Shultz, Ross Sinclair, John Slyce, Dan Smith, Emma Smith, Sarah-Neel Smith, Terry Smith, Cherry Smyth, Jenni Sorkin, Felicity Sparrow, Mike Sperlinger, Julian Stallabrass, Polly Staple, Jamie Stapleton, Lucy Steeds, John Stezaker, Andrew Stooke, Peter Suchin, James Swinson, Brandon Taylor, Fred Ted Castle, Jennifer Thatcher, Richard Thomas, Mark Thomson, Sarah Thornton, Emilia Torracciano, Chris Townsend, Peter Townsend, John Tozer, Kate Tregaskis, David Trigg, Sarah Tripp, Eric Troncy, Marketa Uhlirova, Paul Usherwood, Marcus Verhagen, Martin Vincent, Jean Wainwright, Joanna Walker, John A Walker, Maria Walsh, Jenny Walwin, Jonathan Watkins, Marjorie Welish, Hester Westley, Virginia Whiles, Ian White, Tony White, Frederika Whitehead, Frank Whitford, Steven Willats, Eliza Williams, Gilda Williams, Mark Wilsher, Andrew Wilson, Michael Wilson, Roger Wollen, Catherine Wood, Tony Wood, Godfrey Worsdale, Maxa Zoller
Art Monthly welcomes contact from new writers – please send samples of relevant writing to the general email address. While every submission is given attention, it may take several weeks to reply and we cannot guarantee a response to all correspondence.