Resources for H-AMCA
This segment of our web presence within H-Net provides links to specialized journals, sites, and other repositories of content of interest to those researching modern and contemporary art in the Arab world, Turkey and Iran. The section is a work in progress and we look forward to additions from our community.
The following peer-edited journals routinely publish articles dealing with modern or contemporary art or culture from the Arab world, Turkey, or Iran.
Published quarterly by the James S. Coleman African Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles and distributed by MIT Press
Arab Studies Journal
Published by scholars affiliated with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University. The Spring 2010 issue was a special theme issue devoted to “Visual Arts and Art Practices in the Middle East.”
Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication
Published bi-annually by Brill. Provides a transcultural academic sphere that engages Middle Eastern and Western scholars in a critical dialogue about culture, communication and politics in the Middle East.
Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art
Published triannually by Nka Publications, under the auspices of Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University
Publishes six issues per year, by Routledge. Established in 1987, the journal provides a forum for the discussion and (re)appraisal of theory and practice of art, art history and criticism, and the work of artists hitherto marginalised through racial, gender, religious and cultural differences.
Quarterly editorial magazine created as a platform for ideas and an open forum for exchange, dialogue and opinions about arts and culture from the Middle East
Features/promotes art and culture from the Middle East and Arab world with accompanying guide offering global agenda of upcoming cultural events on Arab and Middle Eastern art
Contemporary Practices – Visual Arts from the Middle East
Quarterly print journal promoting contemporary visual arts in the Middle East.
Eastern Art Report
An international magazine focusing on the arts of Asia and Africa and the arts practiced by the people of Asian and African origin in North America, Europe and elsewhere.
ONLINE JOURNALS / SITES
AL JADID (English)
Quarterly featuring original articles along with many translations of essays and interviews on Arab literature and arts
An online platform initiated by Ursula Biemann and Shuruq Harb, it is dedicated to the interview format and bringing together artists, thinkers, researchers and curators to reflect on art practice and engage in critical exchange on matters of art and visual culture in the Middle East and Arab World.
A multicultural network of journalists from the Mediterranean region.
An independent ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), a network of writers associated with the Arab Studies Journal (www.ArabStudiesJournal.org), frequently updated with fresh and incisive content. Includes a special “Culture” section. Publishes posts both in Arabic and in English.
Nafas. Art Magazine
Online magazine edited by Gerhard Haupt and Pat Binder, and published by Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa), Germany, Elke aus dem Moore, in cooperation with Universes in Universe - Worlds of Art. Dedicated to contemporary art from the Maghreb to Southeast Asia, from Central Asia to the Middle East, it features meticulous photographic documentation of exhibitions. Articles published monthly in Arabic, English and German.
REVUE NOIRE is also an art network of galleries and cultural spaces located in various parts of the world (Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America, Caribbean, elsewhere)
TAVOOS: Iranian Art
Online site covering art news bilingually (Persian and English) on daily basis and covering art activities of Iranian artists inside and outside the country.
Arab Image Foundation, Beirut
Promotes photography in the Middle East and North Africa by locating, collecting, and preserving the region's photographic heritage. The collections made available to the public at large in museum and gallery exhibitions and in published monographs. This is an on-going project to transfer the collection on-line.
ArteEast, New York
Supports and promotes artists from the Middle East by featuring virtual exhibitions, screenings, a biennial film festival, a dynamic online gallery and a resource-rich website.
ArtSchool Palestine, London & Ramallah
On-line resource of Palestinian visual art and film events includes articles and reviews as well as ArtSchool Palestine activities, which include art exhibitions, residency programs for Palestinian artists in the UK.
Asia Art Archive
An organization initiated in 2000 and based in Hong Kong, the Asia Art Archive collects, preserves and sponsors programming to make information on contemporary Asian art easily accessible while promoting writing in the field.
A contemporary visual arts organization which creates exhibitions, publications, multimedia, and education and research projects designed to bring the work of artists from culturally diverse backgrounds to the attention of the widest possible public. Extensive on-line resource on international artists.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Timeline of Art History
A chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, extending from prehistory to the present day. Provides an excellent resource for modern and contemporary visual art in, for example, twentieth-century Turkey, modern Egypt, the contemporary “Islamic world,” and more. Including biographical information on artists and a bibliographies.
Modern Art Iraq Archive
The Modern Art Iraq Archive (MAIA) project works to document Iraq’s modern artistic heritage and houses images of works of art, many of them now lost, as well as publications, exhibition catalogs, and personal documentation. It prototypes a participatory content-management system to trace, share and enable community enrichment around this art.
Radio broadcasts from L'appartement 22 (Apartment 22), an experimental space for encounters, exhibitions, and artists’ residencies in Rabat, Morocco, founded in 2002 by Abdellah Karroum.