Last year I subscribed to Art in America for the first time, and I’ve really been enjoying it. I must admit that I mostly look at the pictures, because I often don’t understand or am uninterested in the articles — although now and again one really captures my attention. But the pictures are worth the expense! I bookmark the ones I want to study, and then I look up the artist on the internet. Sometimes I see work I don’t know by old friends like Frankenthaler, Rothko, Mitchell, Richter or Close.
But more often it is younger artists whose work I am unfamiliar with such as MaryBeth Thielhelm, http://www.searspeyton.com/html/artistresults.asp?artist=304&testing=true
or Lousie Fishman
I was delighted to come across Robert Kushner again after reading about him in Pattern and Decoration (ed Anne Swartz). http://www.sharksink.com/artists.asp?artists=8
And when I checked out
Albert Oehlen at the Luhring Augustine site
I discovered a gallery that fascinates me – it’s like architecture. Plus I like or am interested in or intrigued by a lot of the work in the archives.
As an added bonus some photographs of Greenland set me on an internet hunt which led me to Ultima Thule (literally the ends of the earth) and this site http://www.arcticthule.com/ ( I must admit to being somewhat obsessed by Greenland.)
As a group we fiber artists can be very close knit 🙂 which is generally great, but can lead to insularity and inadvertant similarities in work. I find it helps me tremendously to simply look outside my comfort zone and see what’s happening in the art world today.