Established in 2004, Big Red & Shiny is an award-winning Boston-based online magazine about art & ideas. Managed by a small group of enthusiastic editors, BR&S features writing about art “with a Boston accent”. We aim to expand critical discourse and coverage of contemporary visual art to foster meaningful exchange within the Boston arts community and beyond, publishing essays, profiles, interviews, and reviews that explore contemporary art from a range of perspectives.
The BOMB Digital Archive, a three-year project to digitize all of BOMB’s archival interviews from 1981 to the present, is now complete! Boasting over 1,000 interviews from the last 30 years, this promises to be a fun and comprehensive resource.
Since 2000, the Brooklyn Rail has conducted and printed some of the most rich, insightful, and probing artist interviews to be found anywhere. The publication’s “In Conversation” series has transcribed seemingly everyone from Richard Tuttle to Sarah Sze, Mel Bochner, Amy Sillman, Richard Serra, and Dorthea Rockburne (just to name a few).
For the 1995 Art Journal article entitled “Impossible Liberties: Contemporary Artists on the Life of Their Work over Time,” curator Kimberly Davenport asked six contemporary artists how they felt about the effect of time on their work. The group of artists includes Mel Bochner, Adrian Piper, Phoebe Adams, Petah Coyne, Kiki Smith, and Fred Sandback.
Even’s reviews cover multiple exhibitions at museums and galleries to provide much needed context. Each issue also features two in-depth interviews, in which artists discuss their work as it relates to the world at large, and a portfolio specially conceived for each issue by one of today’s most promising young talents. Past issues include conversations with Camille Henrot, Matthew Barney, Jenny Holzer, and Luc Tuymans.
In the “Conversations” section of the Foundation’s website lives a small but worthwhile repository of interviews, including discussions with Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Monica Cook, Laurie Simmons, and others.
The Painters’ Table website culls artist interviews from other sites (such as Art-Rated, Studio Critical, NY Arts, Art in America, etc) and re-posts them all in one place. Though they solely focus on painters, the site is still quite wide-ranging and easy to navigate.
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In 2004, Vimeo was founded by a group of filmmakers who wanted to share their creative work and personal moments from their lives. As time went on, like-minded people discovered Vimeo and helped build a supportive community of individuals with a wide range of passions. Like YouTube, it supports specific channels and is very easy to search for content by artist’s name, subject, etc.
Within this vast repository of all things video, there are a few channels devoted specifically to artist interviews. One such channel, “Art Patrol TV,” is a collection of interviews with contemporary artists in their studios, exhibitions and on panels that provides insightful commentary on each artist’s practice and recent exhibitions. Artists include Dana Schutz, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Richard Prince, and many more.