Mark Morrisroe —

Art in America’s usual eclectic mix of news and features from the world of international contemporary art offers a number of surprises. On other hand, it’s not unlike Art in America to pull something rather leftfield out of the bag. The best example of this in the March issue is Raphael Rubinstein’s feature on Julian Schnabel. Heated dinner table debates as to whether Schnabel is a genius or a successful hoax were all the rage in the 1980’s. So, in reconsidering Schnabel, it’s not as if there isn’t a lot to be considered. What makes it rather unusual, perhaps, is that it’s being reconsidered at all. As the opening shots of the article point out, curators and the art cognoscenti have largely ignored the mega-star of the 1980’s art scene for the last 20 years. Is a recent Canadian survey show –and Mr Rubenstein’s article- preemptive of a global comeback?

The issue also features two noteworthy articles relating to increasingly visible emergent regions for top contemporary art. Glenn Adamson’s ‘Tsunami Africa’ is a timely reflection on the way in which intuitions – such as the Museum of Art & Design, NYC - are framing African contemporary art in the frenzy to profile Africa’s burgeoning art scenes. And James Oles’ Mexico City report provides a timely recap on the art scene of the city that has unquestioningly established its relevance and importance on the international circuit in the last decade.

Needless to say Brook Adams’ article on coverboy Mark Morrisroe is an insightful examination of the work of the ill-fated photographer who died relatively unknown and tragically young in 1989, and has remained something of an unsung talent ranking alongside his much more famous contemporaries.


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    In This Issue –
    The Big Picture: Reconsidering Julian Schnabel Hiraki Sawa: Video Dreams Beautiful, Dangerous People Soul Searching In The U.S.A Eileen Quinlan Insight Eye Level Books Issues / Commentary Mexico City Report In The Studio: Sanford Biggers Reviews Artworld
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    Katharine C. Wodell
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    Lindsay Pollock
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Our Take —

Art in America started in 1913 when there seemed to be a glaring gap in the American cultural scene for a contemporary art magazine that, unlike many contemporaneous art lovers, would no longer look back to the ‘old country’ for guidance on visual culture.

Ironically, the name might now be somewhat misleading. For, if its early years were an exercise in stating the validity of homegrown American contemporary art, then it has evolved a lot over the years. Its initial raison d’etre was entirely accomplished a long time ago and, these days, it is a magazine that focuses on the international art scene as much as on homegrown product.

With highly knowledgeable and respected contributors, Art in America is a magazine that is trusted by those who are serious about art. Whilst the content is certainly meaty, as a number of key observers have noted of late, it is also an increasingly readable magazine; informative without being too pretentious. This, together with its specific American perspective –in one sense it is the only serious-but-accessible USA art title offering the right balance between text and image with a notable circulation-  puts it in a special league of art magazines beloved of the upper echelons of the international art world.

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