“April 1967. Rome, Via Fontana Liri, 27. In a suburban apartment Flash Art
is born, the fruit of wild ideas, impossible-seeming dreams and obsessive lucubrations, all shared with a group of frustrated artists and critics just like us.” — Giancarlo Politi and Helena Kontova, founders
In this issue:
In 1967 and 1968, Flash Art
published Piero Gilardi's diary of his travels between the United States and Northern Europe. In reassessing those texts, Marco Scotini reveals the significant role that Gilardi played in promoting the emergence of the post-Minimalist, poverista
and conceptual art
tendencies of the 1960s.
In 1974, Anarchitecture, a group whose members included Gordon Matta-Clark
and others connected to the artist-run gallery 112 Green Street, contributed a photo-essay to Flash Art
, among the very few traces of their production. In the course of revisiting these images, Frances Richard revives the group's debate about spatiality, sculpture and resistance.
In 1977, Flash Art
featured a survey of “non-aligned” Russian
artists. Throughout the 1980s, the magazine continued to report on the phenomenon of Soviet Nonconformist art, mainly through the criticism of Russian expats Victor and Margarita Tupitsyn. Gathered in conversation, Boris Klyushnikov, Alexandra Novozhenova and Andrey Shental reinterpret the emergence of those experiences not in spite of but thanks to the identity of the Soviet political system.
Jeff Koons was first featured on the cover of an art magazine in the February – March 1987 issue of Flash Art
. The same issue featured an extended interview with Koons by Flash Art
's founder Giancarlo Politi and other staff members. Here, Maurizio Cattelan engages Koons in one of his tongue-in-cheek interviews — a practice also inaugurated in the pages of Flash Art
During the early 1980s, Jeffrey Deitch wrote a regular column for Flash Art
called “Art and Money.” One such column — titled “Who Has the Power?” — specifically explored how art-world success is dependent on artist networks. Dena Yago reappraises Deitch's argument by reflecting on how collective memory is enacted and recorded.
Peter Halley has been among Flash Art
's most celebrated artists, with a formidable career that the magazine has followed closely since the mid-1980s. Not only an accomplished painter but also an incisive theorist, here Halley compiles a selection of his writings from the decade when digital technology conquered the world.
's text “Being Positive is the Secret of the 90s,” which appeared in Flash Art
in 1992, focuses on what the author sees as a tendency toward stifling moralization in art's reception at the beginning of the 1990s. Eli Diner rereads Troncy's text through the lens of some recent art-world controversies.
“Aperto '93,” curated by Flash Art
editor Helena Kontova and twelve other critics and curators active with the magazine, was an unprecedented rhizomatic exhibition that brought the polyphony of the globalized world into the context of the Venice Biennale. Kontova revisits the exhibition in dialogue with Hans Ulrich Obrist.
In 1994, Maurizio Cattelan was featured on the cover of Flash Art
for the first time. This was followed by eleven subsequent covers, more than any other artist in the history of the magazine. Marco Senaldi analyses the strategic proliferation and canny mediation of Cattelan's bold imagery.
“Ambivalent Witnesses,” Hou Hanru's survey of Chinese contemporary art published in Flash Art
in 1996, was among the first attempts at framing this burgeoning scene. Twenty years after that publication, with China now a fully active participant in the globalized world, Weng Xiaoyu sifts through the dilemmas that still haunt the identity of Chinese art.
On the occasion of the first Berlin Biennale, Flash Art
edited a portfolio of texts celebrating Berlin as an art city at the nexus of space, dynamism and futurity. In the aftermath of the 9th Berlin Biennale's underscoring of the surrender of the city's creative capital to capitalism, Tess Edmonson asks what's left of “the Berlin Myth.”
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dedicated to thinking about contemporary art, exploring the evolving cultural landscape through the work of leading artists, writers, curators and others.
One of Europe's oldest art magazines, Flash Art
was founded in Rome in 1967, before relocating to Milan in 1971, and was originally bilingual, published in both Italian and English. In 1978 two separate editions were launched: Flash Art International
and Flash Art Italia
. Today the magazine remains one of the most recognizable and widely read publications of its kind, and is distributed in 87 countries.