One of my art heroes, Christine Wong Yap, has written a great blog post about Art Practical and their much anticipated Mail Art subscription. I recently subscribed and extremely excited and enthusiastic about what I’m going to receive. If you’re interested, there is still time to subscribe. Please check out CWY’s post here with details…
Four years ago, the state of art criticism in the San Francisco Bay Area was dire.
Artweek folded. Shotgun Review and Stretcher were inconsistent volunteer efforts. Alan Bamberger diligently documented openings with minimum critique. A few local critics contributed to national monthlies, but they could anoint only one artist from a rapidly expanding fray.
Artists’ and curators’ best hopes for critical reviews were the local dailies and weeklies. But ambitious exhibitions far outnumbered the paltry column inches.
Enter Art Practical.
Art Practical is a different kind of volunteer effort—one with a professional editorial process and a strict publishing schedule. Posted semi-monthly, each free issue includes in-depth features, contributors’ reviews of local and national exhibitions, as well as shorter Shotgun reviews.
Contributors include current MFAs as well as established curators and critics. Grassroots Bay Area art initiatives can be art-school-partisans, but AP’s contributor base is wide enough to constantly expose…
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