Blogs about art and design are so 2009. Today, print’s the thing.
Otherwise, how could an expensive looking, free-distribution magazine like Venü (does the umlaut in Venu work in html?) have been born in 2010?
Coming out of Fairfield, and promising new issues every two months, Venü seems to have strong connections not only to the art world, but to the Southport Galleries and Fairfield University, in particular. The gallery and the school happen to be collaborating on a reception tonight, with art work curated by a group of graduating art history majors.
The magazine is beautifully designed and produced, perfect-bound (glued on a spine like Vogue, not stapled like People) on pleasingly thick, large-format paper. It feels like stealing to walk away without paying for it.
On the debut May/June cover, the art by John “Crash” Matos is exceptional, and it also ties into Fairfield U. and the Southport Galleries. The cover story is about the Brooklyn-based artist whose daughter, Anna Matos, happens to be class of 2011 at Fairfield, majoring in art history. Crash was recently shown at the Walsh gallery on campus. Crash is also represented exclusively in Connecticut by the Southport Galleries. Venü‘s senior arts editor is Philip Eliasoph, who is also a professor of art history at Fairfield U and co-owner of the gallery, according to an article in the Connecticut Post.
Right now at the gallery there is a wall devoted to Crash’s vivid, memorable, streetwise art, which from its rear wall seems to be staring menacingly at the collection of Old Guard art curated by the Fairfield senior class. I dread to think how the senior selection will compare!
I overheard someone say that the gallery is turning away from the “Masters and Contemporaries” and learning toward some more adventurous things, some of which I’ve already noticed there. A good move! Let’s hope the people who can afford these works agree. Southport could become home to a really cool gallery that urges patrons to loosen up a little.