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Rise Art's Guide to the Art Publications

From high-brow to low-brow, art magazines are a dime a dozen. Find out which ones you should be reading.

By Sophie Tappeiner | 30 Aug 2013

In recent weeks we have had a number of people asking us about where we find out about all of the events and news that we feature on our twitter page, and on Rise Art. One of the ways we keep updated about contemporary art and its market are through the many newspapers and magazines focused on the industry. Aside from being a fun addition to our coffee tables,  most of these magazines feature exhibition listings, open space activities and recent sales at the art fairs. We have listed some of our favourites below.

The Art Newspaper

The Art Newspaper is a monthly publication, writing about all aspects having an impact on the visual art market on a global scale: economies, events, law, places, people and politics. It offers a great source of information to stay informed on the latest developments.


Artforum is published ten times a year. It features in-dept articles and reviews on contemporary art as well as a great amount full of pageadvertisements from prominent galleries around the world.

The Magazine also contains book reviews and columns on cinema and popular culture. Sarah Thornton illustrates in her book '7 days in the Art World' the standing Artforum enjoys: 'Artforum is to art what Vogue is to fashion and Rolling Stone was to rock and roll. It’s a trade magazine with crossover cachet and an institution with controversial clout.'



This wonderful magazine is published three times a year in English and German. Nicholas Serota, director (soon ex) of Tate Gallery says of this magazine: 'Parkett has explored new ways of collaborating with artists and established high standards of production.' Do we need to say more?

Art and Auction

This magazine is part of Louise Blouin Media and is published 11 times a year. It aims at collectors and thus regular Art and Auction features news on the art market and its key-trends, from contemporary art to antiquities, prints and other collectibles.


Frieze is a London-based contemporary art magazine. In addition to essays, columns and exhibition reviews it features sections on design and architecture as well as music reviews. In 2003 its founders create Frieze Art Fair, one of the most important contemporary art fairs to date.

Art Review

This magazine covers an eclectic mix of - emerging and established - artist profiles, exhibition reviews and city art tours. It possibly is best know for its special issues in November and March, when Art Review publishes the Power 100 and Future Greats, the first covering the most powerful people in the art world, the second introducing the 100 most promising, emerging artists. It also has a very interactive site.


Bidoun means 'without' in Persian and Arabic. This quarterly magazine bears the subtitle: 'art and culture from the Middle East' and that is exactly what it is, and it is refreshing, as it provides us with a very different image of the Middle East than the general news currently do.

Art Monthly

Issued 10 times per year, this contemporary art magazine has a focus to British art with lengthy feature articles, an editorial opinion column, extensive news briefings and exhibition reviews. It further features an excellent art-law column written by Henry Lydiate, a specialised lawyer; the column is supported by Artquest, an organisation aiming to provide practical support for visual artists.


This monthly magazine is probably the most popular underground contemporary art magazine. Not only does is feature a lot of great art and interviews, it has a very busy website with an active forum and great blog.

Tate etc.

Tate etc., published three times a year, is inspired by the prominent museum, using its collections and projects as starting point but reaches far beyond. From ancient Tate archives to cutting edge studio work, Tate etc. explores art's history, meaning and context in various forms of writing.

Which are your favourite art magazines and why? Share your insights with us!

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