What if we all spoke our minds? What would happen if writers of art criticism took off their horse blinds and wrote what they really thought? What would the art world be like today? Would we be any closer to discovering truths? Digging down to see what is there in front of us is what the writers of the New Art Examiner do and have been doing over the past four and a half decades, since 1973, fearlessly. Though the magazine has had a strange and unusual history with some interruptions and challenges, it is still very much alive and kicking, ready to take on anyone or any institution in truth and in sincerity. We will not be put down; we will not be put to sleep. Funny, we are even growing, uncomfortable as we may be to the “established” art world.
It is with passion that I write, that I stand up in support of Derek Guthrie, the man who asked me to take his place as Publisher of the magazine he and Jane Addams Allen founded in 1973. However, it is not an adieu for Derek, as he’s taking on a new role, one that he knows how to do best – inspire writers and question their thinking. As Derek says, “we should imagine an art critic as a spy who reports back to the handler what’s going on”; what could be more compelling and exciting?
“The New Art Examiner came from community, existed in community and now the community speaks back as an act of self-empowerment.” We “will add another chapter in the unusual story of the NAE, supporting the idea that wealth is not the only determining factor of art.” (Derek Guthrie, 2012) As I believe in the power of words, these same ideals I transfer to the magazine. How can we reach more readers and leave a meaningful experience in their minds and create the desire for them to examine artworks more carefully and to become involved in what is going on in the visual arts today? How can we turn more readers on to art to make it come alive for them? Derek believes in the saying, “if you stand in the middle of the road you are hit by traffic moving in both directions.” We’re not a middle of the road magazine; we take a stand on issues, and we’re ready to go out on a limb for them. “We are not ARTnews, nor Art in America, nor Art Monthly, and we are not worried about profit, though we probably should be. Our reviews and articles are not ethereal words that are embellished to bore just about any mind, but our writing is read and not left abandoned on coffee tables, nor is it just glanced at superficially on our website. Instead, our over 33,000 readers in the month of May alone (with this trend calculated at around 400,000 a year) are actively reading us from all corners of the world. Take a look at the online map we have, and at any given time of day, it’s possible to find readers from Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Europe and the US, Canada and more. But look at the right website, the real New Art Examiner at:
I firmly support Derek Guthrie when he says, “Criticism is not only talking about art. It is the sharing of opinion. It may be philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, critical theory, cultural policy, literature, poetry, or polemic but it is a requirement of a civilized and a thinking society.”
Now, I ask you, what are our objectives? Where do we see the New Art Examiner in one year? In five years? I invite you all to comment and to participate in our struggle for truth and to join in our renewed growth. Thank you for reading us and in supporting us in the art world and thank you to our writers for the wonderful work that you do.