I have been reading ARTnews magazine for a few years now but did not know some interesting facts about the publication. For instance, I didn’t realize that this gem of a magazine was begun in 1902. 1902! I also did not know that some of the articles have been written through the years by such luminaries as Bernard Berenson, Pete Hamill, Steve Martin, Francine Prose, Harold Rosenberg, and William Carolos Williams. All I do know is that I enjoy reading the 11 issues a year, I enjoy looking at the gallery ads that are interspersed throughout the magazine, and I enjoy the knowledge gained from the somewhat short, concise articles that do not take hours to read.
In the current issue, I enjoyed reading a book review of Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman with John Shiffman. After reading numerous articles about the thefts from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, I really want to read this book by a former FBI agent telling of some of the cases he worked on previously. Now Mr. Wittman is a private art-recovery specialist. The current issue also lists the top 200 art collectors in the world, of no real importance to me, but of utmost importance to many collectors, directors, curators, and scholars. One of the more amusing articles concerns the @ symbol and MoMA’s acquisition of the sign, written by Carly Berwick.
I look forward to the next issue that will include a list of artists supposedly “forgotten by art history.”