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Spike #74 – After Beauty

 - Spike #74
Spike #74 is getting over beauty.
The dawn quatrains and swan courtships we remember in rose tint—all that sublime uplift—we need to cut contact. Beauty might have become corny behind the monolith of our infatuation, or maybe it was gutted and discarded as art became another instrument of moral debt. Whatever it is, it's changed, and it's clear we've long been in love with decadence or emptiness. 
So this is our missive to beauty for all that it's been and may yet be: a magnetic evil and the very eye of its beholders; a blank invitation and a reason to blush; and power or propaganda camouflaged as makeup compacts and endless streams of Instagram tags. 
Featuring K Allado-McDowell, Lynne Tillman, Vaginal Davis, Sylvie Fleury, Sianne Ngai, Boris Groys, Billy Tang, Joanna Walsh, Stephanie LaCava, Dean Kissick, Rita Ackermann, Yves Klein, Emily Segal, Harumi Yamaguchi, Daniel Baumann, Quinn Latimer, and many more.
Founded by the artist Rita Vitorelli in 2004, Spike (Spike Art Quarterly) is a quarterly magazine on contemporary art published in English which aims at sustaining a vigorous, independent, and meaningful art criticism. At the heart of each issue are feature essays by leading critics and curators on artists making work that plays a significant role in current debates. Situated between art theory and practice and ranging far beyond its editorial base in Vienna and Berlin, Spike is both rigorously academic and stylishly essayistic. Spike's renowned pool of contributing writers, artists, collectors and gallerists observe and reflect on contemporary art and analyse international developments in contemporary culture, offering its readers both intimacy and immediacy through an unusually open editorial approach that is not afraid of controversy and provocation.
published in February 2023
English edition
21,7 x 28 cm (softcover)
184 pages (color ill.)
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