PRINT February 1980

Art Magazines and Magazine Art

IT IS EASY TO FIND FAULT with generalizations about magazines concerned with the visual arts, on account of the diverse nature of these publications. Problems of definition present themselves immediately. For example, important magazines which discuss the visual arts, or which have a significant role in a history of magazines concerned with the visual arts, may well be magazines of all the arts or even general magazines, in essence. Just as the various arts spill over and coalesce with each other, so too do magazines apparently devoted to specific arts or areas of art.

Even when, for convenience, one refers to art magazines as if they dealt with a neatly defined area of inquiry, it will be found that these art magazines themselves differ vastly in readership, function and production. One can, for example, distinguish among magazines intended for artists, both professional and amateur, for

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