Good Reads | A selection of our favourite art blogs and sites

It is easy to feel cut off from the art world, things can change quickly, as thoughts and ideas, artists and –ism’s evolve. In recognition of this we thought we’d round up a number of our favourite blogs and websites that keep us informed and engaged with Art World Goings-On without having to leave the house.

#500words reviewing art and culture with a New Zealand focus, their approach is fresh, measured, and critically engaging. You’ll always find something intriguing.

e-flux while not for the faint hearted, e-flux has a lot of content and gives a good round up of critical thought internationally. Do note, it’s best with a fresh mind and a bit of time.

Over the Net short and sharp New Zealand arts news.

EyeContact a forum looking to encourage the critical discussion of the arts in New Zealand, EyeContact has numerous contributors and holds a special place in the arts scene here at home.

Pantograph Punch Pantograph Punch offers up articles on arts and culture in New Zealand and beyond. We especially enjoyed this piece by Amanda Morrissey-Brown on the history of art crime in New Zealand.

Rhizome Rhizome is a unique online arts organisation in that they primarily support contemporary art that responds to the changing conditions associated with digital technologies. There focus is on new media and the changes to artistic creation, distribution, and reception in the digital world.

Art Journal Open while I wish I was able to get the print copy of Art Journal, Art Journal Open offers an occasional alternative. The reviews, interviews, and thought pieces are engaging and Bookshelf, a recent series of articles where artists and the like share their reading lists, is a particular favourite.[i]

Ocula Ocula’s magazine section can be a brilliant source of information, you could spend hours trawling through their archive. They cover a lot of the big name stuff such as art fairs, bienalles, and touring shows, with a global focus. They also have a particularly interesting Conversations series, a recent interview with Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi is a stand out.

The Guardian I don’t suppose The Guardian needs much of an introduction. While you aren’t going to find the small galleries or emerging artists here, the art and design section is an interesting and easily navigable source of international news and thought.

We must also give credit to some of the international stalwarts Blouin Artinfo, The New YorkerThe Art NewspaperContemporary Art DailyArtReview and Hyperallergic, who all provide their own indivdual brand of art criticism and discourse.


[i] Let’s also take a moment to note, if you do want to access international and New Zealand art publications you can always check with your local library or if you’re in Auckland head to the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki research library, which has a comprehensive and up to date collection of art magazines and journals. There is boundless material that has never been digitised and should not be overlooked.

By Rosa Gubay.