Issue

4.17 / The Fourth Year

June 13 2013

Introduction

June 13, 2013. For my fourth birthday, my father took me to the Meadowlands racetrack in New Jersey, where we bet on the fourth horse, which won. Afterwards, he took me to a pub and bought me a Shirley Temple with the winnings. I recall a midday drunk leaning across the bar and saying “Forty-four! You don’t look old enough.” It is a very happy memory, and four has been my favorite number ever since. It is perhaps appropriate, then, that this point in our fourth year of publication marks a significant moment: it is the last time we will produce new content on Art Practical’s site as it was originally designed. In early September, we will launch a redesigned website that will reflect an exciting transformation in how we publish issues, reviews, profiles, and features. The new site will also be responsive to mobile platforms, offer a greater means of access to our archive, and will more fully integrate the current and past event listings of our longtime partner Happenstand. As we take the summer to prepare for year five, we hand over the reins of Art Practical to our contributors, who will mine all our content from the past four years for a series of thematic issues which will offer new perspectives on the activities that Art Practical has covered and the conversations that have emerged around them. There is much from which they can choose—over eight hundred articles to date. So, as I raise my Shirley Temple to how far we’ve come from where we’ve started, I can’t help but think that we don’t look old enough. Enjoy—PM.

Features

Inside the Artist’s Studio, Part 4: Chris E. Vargas

Inside the Artist’s Studio, Part 4: Chris E. Vargas

By Michele Carlson

Cultural production can be evidence of a community trying to grapple with itself—chipping away at its conflicts, contradictions, and hypothetical futures. But what happens when that process becomes reduced to one or two narratives?

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Standard Deviation

Standard Deviation

By Helena Keeffe, Patricia Maloney

What kinds of strategies might artists employ to create a sense of agency when it comes to artistic production? What are the key questions artists should ask themselves in seeking to define standards for valuing their labor?

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Free Your Mind! Improvising Post-Multicultural Art

Free Your Mind! Improvising Post-Multicultural Art

By The Institute for Diversity in the Arts

1993 is the year that multiculturalism as an art movement was turned back and routed; it was crushed. The 1993 Whitney Biennial became the most controversial Biennial in the history of American art.

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Preview: Art Practical Year Five

Preview: Art Practical Year Five

By Art Practical Editors

In early September, Art Practical will launch a redesigned website. Our target launch date for Year Five is Thursday, September 12 (yes, there will be a launch party). Get a preview here, stay tuned for more details, and be sure to check out our thematic archive issues this summer.

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