Art Papers, Atlanta’s longtime print magazine of contemporary art, has announced that it is switching to a quarterly publication schedule from the bimonthly schedule it has followed since 1977. In tandem, it will redesign its print format and launch a new website. The organization is in the process of selecting a design firm for its new website, according to editor and artistic director Victoria Camblin, and its decision will be announced in January.
The new site will allow Art Papers to reach a larger audience in a “more user-friendly and dynamic platform,” says Camblin. While adhering to the magazine’s existing mission, the site will offer web-only content, extended versions of content from the print issue, and digital/video artist commissions. Camblin says that “we will be reactive to current events and will feature more regular content updates than we currently do [but] it will not be a daily news-oriented site.”
At this stage, there are no plans to hire a web editor, though additional help will be required to handle the increase in the amount and variety of content.
The next print issue, devoted to architecture and design in Los Angeles — with pools as a metaphorical peg — is guest edited by architect Jennifer Bonner and guest designed by April Greiman. Art Papers will roll out its new print format in the second quarter of 2017 with an issue inspired by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick.
Executive director Saskia Benjamin says: “These changes will enable us to provide more content, with greater frequency on multiple platforms including a move toward increased public programming in the years to come.”
Camblin notes that the changes “will allow our programs to reach more people, and will ensure that our work will be more responsive to the medium of delivery, and more reflective of global events and discourse … This change is about giving and doing more, not less.”