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Burlington Contemporary Issue 2 - now live, The Burlington Magazine


Launched in May this year, Burlington Contemporary’s online journal has won acclaim for its pioneering research and innovatory perspectives on contemporary art history.

 The second issue launches on 27th November. One of its themes is the way contemporary artists are addressing present concerns through an analysis of the past. Feminist avant-garde cinema of the 1970s provides a model for recent sex-worker campaigns for labour rights; experimental group therapy pioneered in the same decade is linked to the work of the photographer Jo Spence and the generation of artists making ‘selfie’ art for the internet; and the cut-outs by the Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid are compared with seventeenth-century theatrical props and eighteenth-century satire. 

The journal’s aim to encourage criticism based on in-depth visual analysis is demonstrated by a critique of the films of Adrian Paci as formal expressions of his complex politics, while in an article on animal–human collaboration in contemporary art, the ecological environments created by Pierre Huyghe are explored alongside the questionable products of ‘Ape art’.

Full list of contents:

1.WORKERS! Renewing the aesthetics and politics of 1970s feminist art, by Victoria HORNE

2.Exploring the Influence of Keith Kennedy’s Transactional Photography on the therapeutic photography of Jo Spence and Rosy Martin,by George Vasey 

3.Between species: animal–human collaboration in contemporary art, by Chad Elias 

4. ‘Silent Companions:’ Staging Lubaina Himid’s ‘Fashionable Marriage’ (1986) and ‘Naming the Money’ (2004), by Mora Beauchamp-Byrd 

5.The Labour Aesthetic: On the convergence of beauty and politics in Adrian Paci's 'The Column’ (2013', by Sarah Messerschmidt 

Notes for Editors 

Burlington Contemporary is a free online platform for reviews and research on international contemporary art published by the Burlington Magazine. It publishes weekly reviews in addition to a peer-reviewed academic journal. It is free to access and aims to support the emerging field of contemporary art history.


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