In Issue 14: Objects, Sophia Al-Maria writes through her newborn cousin’s Allah-shaped ear into the shimmer of sign, symbol and story, the difference that dissolves into image or mirage, distance that folds and enfolds, the mutable mystery of letters and language. The vectors, the reach of the issue (see sample TOC below) make it a worthy spot to begin to get lost, art’s challenge accepted, a labyrinth of the unshelved. Bidoun means ‘without’ in Arabic and Farsi and its push against the meaning of ‘Middle East’ is a breathing thing that flees easy grasp.
n. 1 (1952) – current
The editors’ note of a recent Aperture (n. 217) quotes the magazine’s first issue musing about the relative places of pictures and words. This isn’t the only way #1 and #217 seem to reference each other, despite being almost entirely different publications. It’s remarkable how much the photographic mainstay has developed. Read on for alternating glimpses of issues with 215 iterations between them.
Vol. 1, n. 1 – current
We were wondering what an art magazine’s evolution might say about about art, magazines, and everything else, so we dug in the stacks and held the first and latest Artforum side by side. At a glance, the contributors look different, the contents have grown into genres, the reviews expanded, the gallery ads reached out, the interviews got sexy, the list suggests a response to conformity, the fights to be made have shifted targets, but through it all, like a real friend, that cover font remains the same.
Since it feels like summer was decades ago, we took a look at summer decades ago; a sampling of our periodicals. It was hot. Once upon a time.