ArtReview is one of the world’s leading international contemporary art magazines. Founded in 1949, it is dedicated to expanding contemporary art’s audience and reach. Published nine times a year, the magazine features a mixture of criticism, reviews, previews, opinion, reportage and specially commissioned artworks, and offers one of the most established, in-depth and intimate portraits of international contemporary art in all its shapes and forms. In 2013 ArtReview was joined by its sister magazine ArtReview Asia, now published four times a year, which brings a fresh and exciting new voice to the dynamic and fast-changing art scenes of the Asia region, as well as covering Asian art presented outside of the region.
ArtReview’s cover story for May concerns the work of Ibrahim Mahama, the artist at the forefront of discussions around museology in Africa, where he is leveraging his fame and influence to shape the creation of arts institutions in his native Ghana and across the continent. J.J. Charlesworth examines the return of magical thinking in contemporary art, an event as regular as the passing of a comet. Rosanna McLaughlin writes about the migration of queer theory from the margins to the mainstream, asking: is this a triumph or a sign of psychic malaise? And Tabita Rezaire contributes a portfolio of work on the subject of spiritual journeys. Also in this issue: responses to the Venice Biennale, fake artworld friends, the favela and the art fair, and war photography in a phone booth. Plus exhibition reviews from Berlin, New York, LA, Zürich, Paris and Edinburgh, and a consideration of strawberries and meringue as a metaphor for the UK’s cost-of-living crisis