Coagula Art Journal

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Coagula Art Journal was founded in 1992 by Mat Gleason as a freely distributed contemporary art magazine. Since its inception, the publication remains free as a PDF download, however readers may still obtain a hard copy via "print on demand".

The bi-coastal publication employs tabloid-style commentary, gossip, and reviews of the contemporary art world, which garnered significant influence in being cited in other major publications.[1][2][3]

The magazine has been referred to as "the publication that the art world loves to hate, and loves to read" (Village Voice)[4] and dubbed "The National Enquirer of the Art World" (New York Post).[5] It has also been described as having "nothing constructive about it and arguably hurtful."[6]

In 1998, Smart Art Press released Most Art Sucks: Five Years of Coagula.[7]

In 1999, Coagula selected Karen Finley as Artist Of The Decade.

On March 16, 2001, Coagula won a free speech lawsuit, brought against the publication by Brooklyn resident Ms. Sheh Zand. Sheh’s 1992 lawsuit was over articles appearing in Coagula issues #3 and #4, and was covered by New York Magazine.,[8][9] and the Boston Globe[10]

In February 2011, Mat Gleason, founder of Coagula Art Journal, was interviewed by art critic Brian Sherwin for FineArtViews. Gleason stated that Coagula Art Journal was deeply influenced by the writing style of punk zines. He mentioned that Coagula Art Journal will eventually explore internet radio with the launch of CoaguL.A.radio which will provide coverage of the art world. Gleason also stated that “print is dead” and that future releases of Coagula Art Journal will come in the form of a book rather than of a traditional magazine.[11] The interview between Gleason and Sherwin was featured by the Huffington Post.[12]

In April 2012, Gleason launched Coagula Curatorial, a contemporary art gallery on Chinatown's historic Chung King Road. Following the same spirit as the magazine, the gallery has hosted solo shows by contemporary artists such as Karen Finley, Kim Dingle, Gronk, Llyn Foulkes, Sheree Rose and others. The gallery also utilizes guest curators, who have included other prominent artists in Coagula exhibitions such as: John Fleck, Diane Gamboa, Germs, Peter Shelton, Gajin Fujita, Sue de Beer, and others.

Contributors (past and present)[edit]

Covers[edit]

Coagula has featured interviews and cover stories of such notable artists as Dan Graham, Ad Reinhardt, Gilbert & George, Matthew Barney, Richard Serra, Sue Coe, John Baldessari, Cindy Sherman, and Larry Clark.

Issue Date Artist/Cover Story
1 April 1992 Conservative Attacks on Art
2 July 1992 Los Angeles Riots
3 August 1992 Chicago Art Expo
4 October 1992 "NYC: Desperation Row"
5 Winter 1993 The Secret Life of Peter Halley
6 April 1993 Zand vs. Nye
7 Summer, 1993 Clinton to Arts: Drop Dead
8 Autumn, 1993 Censorship of Filipino Art
9 October, 1993 Dennis Hollingsworth
10 December, 1993 Gilbert & George
11 January 1994 Muranushi/Lederman
12 March 1994 Roy Lichtenstein
13 Summer 1994 Peter Plagens
14 September, 1994 Bob Flanagan
15 November, 1994 Lisa Adams [6]
16 February, 1995 O.J. Simpson
17 Spring, 1995 MOMA Curator, Robert Storr
18 September, 1995 Claes Oldenburg
19 November, 1995 MOCA's Temporary Contemporary
20 January, 1996 Andy Warhol
21 April, 1996 Lari Pittman
22 Summer, 1996 Judy Chicago
23 September, 1996 Jean-Michel Basquiat
24 November, 1996 Karen Finley
25 January, 1997 Jean Baudrillard
26 March, 1997 Carolee Schneemann
27 May, 1997 Larry Gagosian
28 Summer 1997 Pat Hearn
29 October 1997 Robert Rauschenberg
30 December 1997 Manuel Ocampo
31 January 1998 Cindy Sherman
32 April 1998 John Baldessari
33 May 1998 Chris Kraus[disambiguation needed]
34 September 1998 Mary Corse
35 October, 1998 John Fleck
36 November, 1998 Richard Serra
37 January, 1999 "Happy New Year, Art World"
38 March, 1999 Karen Finley (Artist Of The Decade)
39 May, 1999 Sue Coe
40 Summer, 1999 MASS MOCA's Joe Thompson
41 September, 1999 Steve Hurd
42 November, 1999 Barbara Kruger
43 December, 1999 Lynn Foulkes
44 March, 2000 Yolande Macias Mckay
45 May, 2000 Matthew Barney
46 Summer, 2000 Lars Nittve
47 September, 2000 Robert Smithson
48 November, 2000 Rick Robinson
49 January, 2001 Paul McCarthy
50 March, 2001 Sandow Birk
51 May, 2001 Roberta Smith
52 Summer, 2001 Larry Clark
53 September, 2001 Dave Hickey
54 November, 2001 "9/11: Is Art Dead?"
55 February, 2002 Carlee Fernandez
56 April, 2002 Daniel J. Martinez
57 June, 2002 Julian Schnabel
58 September, 2002 Richard Ankrom
59 November, 2002 "Iraqi Art"
60 December, 2002 "Les Damoiselles D' Washington"
61 March, 2003 Cecily Brown
62 May, 2003 Matthew Barney/Bjork
63 July, 2003 "How To Resuscitate Your Art Career"
64 September, 2003 Frank Gehry
65 November, 2003 Ad Reinhardt
66 January, 2004 Michael Jackson
67 March, 2004 Viggo Mortenson
68 May, 2004 Thomas Kinkade
69 August, 2004 Nancy Reagan
70 October, 2004 Gary Baseman
71 December, 2004 Christian Ristow
72 February, 2005 Ed Ruscha
73 March, 2005 Chris Burden
74 May, 2005 Shag
75 July, 2005 Buster Friendly
76 September, 2005 The Art Of Podcasting
77 November, 2005 Liz McGrath
78 February, 2006 John Waters
79 April, 2006 Richard Tuttle
80 June, 2006 Lauren Bon
81 August, 2006 Kent Twitchell
82 September, 2006 The Art Of Poker
83 November, 2006 Bansky
84 February, 2007 Leonard Nimoy
85 April, 2007 Art & Celebrities
86 June, 2007 Mark Ryden
87 August, 2007 The Art Of Money
88 October, 2007 Chinatown: 10 year Anniversary
89 December, 2007 Ron English
90 February, 2008 8 Artists Under 28
91 March, 2008 Scoli Acosta
92 May, 2008 David Trulli
93 September 2008 Kent Twitchell Legal Victory
94 October 2008 Bernini at the Getty
95 December 2008 Obama Wins
96 February 2009 Asad Faulwell
97 April 2009 Dan Graham
98 June 2009 Finishing School
99 August 2009 Clayton Brothers
100 November 2009 History of Coagula
101 January 2010 Dawn Kasper

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ DiGiacomo, F & Molloy, J: Page 6, New York Post, August 18, 1992
  2. ^ DiGiacomo, F & Anthony, F. & McDarrah, T: Page 6, New York Post, March 11, 1993
  3. ^ Johnson, R: Page 6, New York Post, October 28, 1996
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ Pike, L: Art Terrorist, Glue Magazine, 51(1):5
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ Coagula Lawsuit
  9. ^ [4]
  10. ^ [5]
  11. ^ "FineArtViews Interview: Mat Gleason -- Art Critic and Founder of Coagula Art Journal by Brian Sherwin", www.faso.com/fineartviews . Retrieved 09 March 2011.
  12. ^ "FineArtsViews Interviews Mat Gleason, Art Critic/Founder of Coagula Sherwin", www.huffingtonpost.com . Retrieved 09 March 2011.

References[edit]

  1. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=BG&p_theme=bg&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EC299B79AA0680B&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM
  2. http://www.usip.com/articles/Coagula-Art-Journal.pdf
  3. http://www.mollycrabapple.com/content/coagula.html
  4. http://www.seanstarwars.com/coagulatshirthtml.html

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