Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Art magazines in the UK and USA - can you help?

Can you help me please?

I've subscribed to a lot of art magazines and journals in the past and currently subscribe to none .

I'm wondering if others are pondering on subscriptions in the same way as me. I've decided that I want to do an opinion polls(s) about art magazines and journals. To do that, I want to make sure I include all the ones which people who read this blog read on a regular basis.

Three caveats - in relation to where I'm going to draw the line about what's in and what's out of the sample:
  • Basically I'm aiming for all the ones typically read by the serious amateur artist, semi-professional and emerging professional artists who major in drawing and/or painting.
  • Hence I'm not going to include the very basic ones for complete beginners, or any craft-oriented magazines, or magazines for the very arty farty galleristas or the seriously academic.
  • I'm also not including anything which is more generally 'arts' in a generic sense - so if it's got reviews of musc or theatre it gets ruled out.
The above is shorthand for the fact that I want to try and include the magazines about drawing and painting which people like me might read - and which are accessible via a good newsagent or online.

So far these are the ones I've got listed. I have to tell you I've subscribed or bought about 80% of these at one time or another in the past.

UK Art Magazines/Journals

USA Art Magazines/Journals

The one thing I really don't understand at the moment is why so many of the American Art Journals have websites which don't have a good quality links which lead straight to an informative page about the magazine. (I spent some time sussing out some of the links you find above.) Instead so many of them take you straight to a subscription page before you even know what the magazine is about!

Now I don't know whether anybody in the American magazine industry has heard of the quaint notion that you show people what's on offer and describe the benefits before you tell them the price and take the money. It certainly strikes me that a number of the websites could do with a consumer audit.

Now there's a thought..........