Thursday, February 23, 2017

Parkett magazine ending publication

Citing the “radical change in reading behavior brought about by our digital age,” the publishers of Parkett Magazine have announced that the next issue of the periodical will be its last. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1984, the bi-annual magazine collaborated with over two-hundred artists, including Ai Weiwei, Tauba Auerbach, Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Tracey Emin, Tom Friedman, General Idea, Rachel Harrison, Jenny Holzer, Pierre Huyghe, Sherrie Levine, Christian Marclay, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Anri Sala, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Rosemarie Trockel, John Waters and Lawrence Weiner.

Viewed by the publishers as "a large library and a small museum of contemporary art", the magazine had a circulation of 10,000 and produced artists' editions to accompany each issue. These works encompass a wide variety of media, including painting, photographs, drawings, prints, sculptures, video and sound works (see Laurie Anderson's Hearring a few posts below).

The multiples have been the subject of a few dedicated catalogue raisonné publications, and have been presented in exhibitions around the world at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, STPI Singapore, Seoul Arts Center/Hangaram Museum, Korea, Centre Pompidou, Paris and other venues.

Read their announcement in full, below, and visit their website, here.


With the present volume of Parkett 99 and the following special issue 100/101 appearing this summer, the publishers have decided to bring the publication of the printed art magazine to a close. One of the major factors behind this decision is the radical change in reading behavior brought about by our digital age.

Parkett volumes and editions will, of course, remain fully documented online on our website and available via our offices in Zurich and New York. Furthermore, all volumes including 1500 texts are currently being digitized and will become accessible on our website. New, expanded Parkett exhibitions in various museums are in preparation as well, and will further explore the publication’s singular approach as a time capsule of the art of the last three decades.

Parkett enjoys a unique status in the international art world. For the past 33 years the journal has worked hand in hand with the most compelling artists and authors of our time in order to bring them to a wider public. In company with our most important partners and colleagues, we shall be concluding the Parkett adventure with a celebratory commemorative double volume this summer.

It will be an occasion to take a clear-sighted look at the past, the present, and the future. The special issue will retrace the energies, aims, and ideas that inspired and underpinned the founding and publication of Parkett and the special editions created by our collaborating artists of the past 33 years. In interviews, conversations, and essays, Parkett 100/101 will highlight the major changes and events that have shaped our expansive epoch.

We would like to thank you, our readers, for your interest and your loyalty and we are looking forward to the special double issue this summer."

- Bice Curiger, Jacqueline Burckhardt, & Dieter von Graffenried, Parkett Magazine

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