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Modern Painters 5 out of 5 stars

Fine Art Journals Ltd

Modern Painters magazine cover AbleStable 5 Star Award A generous amount of very high quality content puts Modern Painters ahead of the field. This giant among art magazines is available quarterly and covers a wide spectrum of art and is full with astute analysis and criticism.

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MODERN PAINTERS is a lavishly illustrated colour glossy dedicated to publishing great writing about art that is devoid of artspeak and not necessarily written by art critics or historians. It is independently published four times a year and is one of the world's best-selling art magazines.


Modern Painters has won acclaim for the breadth and quality of its writing. It was one of the first art magazines to commission articles from writers outside the art world, recognising that novelists, playwrights, musicians and poets could cast a fresh light on writing about art..

Fine Art Journals Limited

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5 out of 5 stars

Wow. What a great magazine Modern Painters is. I have to confess that I'd avoided this magazine for a long while as I'd assumed it was either confined to contemporary painters, or else one of those self-help tutorial artist's magazines. Perhaps the magazine needs a tag line like 'experience art' to encourage people like me to open the covers, for once the covers are opened you're hooked with a wealth of brilliantly written articles covering a broad range of artforms, in a publication defined by a clear editorial vision.

Modern Painters sets the balance between images and text perfectly. Its contributing writers are often drawn from the world outside of visual art, and as a result the reader enjoys critiques, observations, and comment bereft of the elitism and referential bluster that characterises so much writing on art.

I've mentioned the broad scope of Modern Painter, and it is the magazine's in-depth coverage of different artforms and cultures that sets it apart from the crowd. Don't get me wrong here, I'm not suggesting Modern Painter is laden with features about the art of many cultures. More that it is open to investigating artforms in its many guises, and presenting enriching and enlightening comment.

Modern Painters gets a well deserved 5 Star AbleStable Award for making that rare connection between the world of art and artists, and that of the ordinary person.

Review by Mike de Sousa, Director, AbleStable, Spring 2003

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