Although Mass Communication was my major in BA, I still found myself shocked by the way US media operate. They are the sole reason, driven by all the corporations, why most people are ignorant about the world, fearful of those who are different and build their faith on what the media manufactured.
Not surprise at all, US media in Art are the same. Mainstream art magazines write about artists as if they are Britney Spears, not great thinkers. They focus on the popular local artists whom other magazines have written about, so when one reads one magazine to another, one can hardly tell the difference.
I have had enough of this. I want to know what artists outside the US are making, what they are thinking, how they think and how the rest of the world respond to their art.
Tema Celeste and Sculpture are two of my favorite contemporary art magazines. Unfortunately, Tema Celeste is published by an Italian company who's an expert on auction market. But the sad part is that even Tema Celeste smells a lot fresher than ARTnews. I read about a lot of great artists before they were taken on by US galleries/museums. The experience is like after listening to Pacifica station, one wonders: "why didn't I hear about this on TV news? Not even on NPR or PBS."
Sculpture provides much support to my conceptual activities. Their interviews on artists dig deep into their mind and philosophy about world affairs, politics, art or life itself. You simply can't separate artists from their views on the world, why pretend they only care about colors? Reading Sculpture is like going thru a spiritual journey, I learn how to negotiate between concepts/materials and grow as a humble human being who makes art.
Before we have a reform on art media, do yourself a favor, read something that empowers you as an artist!