Welcome to the IMMA Magazine.
Publishing has been at the core of our programme since we opened in 1991. We have consistently written and commissioned texts about art and artists in books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals, exhibition guides, resources, research articles, and essays. Hundreds of thousands of words across hundreds of thousands of pages. In the early years this was almost exclusively published in print, but we moved to more frequent online publishing in the last decade, most of which was housed on our old IMMA Blog.
This new Magazine is a coming together of everything we write or commission; from news pieces about IMMA and our programme and articles from our staff about the artists they work with and are inspired by, to interviews and commissioned articles from visiting artists, academics, critics, curators, thinkers and collaborators. All of our previous blog articles can be found in here, and it’s a section we will continue to build over the coming months and years.
With the development of this new website in 2018 we started to rethink how we publish across the site as a whole, not only in text form but images, audio and video as well. We’ve distributed articles and other content all over the site in the hope that you will find things of interest no matter where you turn, bringing you closer to the art and artists we work with. The site will present these stories and pieces of content to you at different times, hoping to tempt you to explore further. But we wanted to create one specific destination on the site for when you wanted to spend some dedicated time exploring, reading and finding out more. The Magazine is that place.
If you want to stay in touch with what we publish you can visit this section regularly, or you can sign up for ‘The Edit’ – a quarterly zine, delivered straight into your inbox. The Edit will have a different guest editor each edition, presenting a digest of the best writing and content from the Magazine, alongside newly commissioned articles, around a particular theme that’s being considered by our curators.
We hope you enjoy this new look Magazine, and that you return often. To help get you started you’ll find three of our favourite articles below…
We are delighted to be able to publish, for the first time, a new work by Doireann written in response to the current retrospective of Carol Rama here at IMMA (closing 1 Aug 2016).
Looking at the return to figuration in contemporary art practice, Altfest is one of several artists invited to respond on the affinities and influences that contemporary artists continue to share with Freud.
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