Magazines

Popular Art Magazines Of UK

Most of the art and culture magazines of the UK have been around for long. Hence, if we look at the publications and what they have showcased over the years, it gives one a fair idea of how art and culture have evolved in modern times.

Aesthetica is a magazine that is well known in such circles. Founded in the year 2002, this magazine is a bimonthly publication. It covers contemporary art as well as photography, visual art, music, performance, design, film, fashion, architecture and related exhibition events. The magazine offers an opinion on cultural and visual arts that is well respected. The managing director and editor of the magazine is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts which speaks volumes of the class of people who run the magazine.

After all is a publishing organization that offers art research and related publications in nonprofit and contemporary art. The magazine is based out of London and run by Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design. The journal was founded in the late nineties by a curator and an artist. Every issue of the magazine focused on the works of four chosen artists. They presented essays in depth about every artist showcased. In the new millennium, the art magazine collaborated with California Institute of Arts in their publications. The magazine then widened its content to include contextual essays on different economic, social and political issues that surrounded contemporary art and retrospective views were published on exhibitions, events, and key artworks.

Apollo is another English monthly magazine in the same space that covers the visual arts in different periods, from antique times to present day. The magazine was founded in 1925 and is based out of London. This magazine features, reviews, scholarly articles, and art world news. There are annual Apollo Magazine awards given that reward excellent works of art. It is reputed to be a magazine for collectors.

Art Monthly is another magazine that showcases contemporary art and was founded in 1976. Based out of London, this magazine has an international scope of content and is considered one of the longest established magazines in Britain in the arena of contemporary art. There are book reviews, exhibition reviews, exhibition listings, an art law column, new briefings and other feature sections.

Most of the art based magazine publications in Britain have been around for long. For instance, the Art and Architecture Journal is a quarterly art magazine that was around from 1980. The magazine was stopped in 2009 after which it was relaunched as AAJPress. This is a successor to the previous journal which focuses on architecture, public art projects in the UK, environmental land art that includes urban design, sculpture parks, gardens, urban regeneration projects and related topics.