Spike is a contemporary art magazine with a difference. Founded by artist Rita Vitorelli way back in 2004, the quarterly bilingual German-English magazine is now celebrating the launch of its family-themed 50th issue. Spike describes itself as “both rigorously academic and stylishly essayistic”, with a rich pool of critics and curators as contributors.
“Spike 50 is all about the family: as structure, model, metaphor, as place of origin and point of no return,” Spike states. “Do we need to save the family, or to destroy it? Do lines of descent still make sense for artists, or have networks taken their place? From the queer family to the nuclear family, from the commune to neopatriarchy, it lives on in many forms – even in the family of an art magazine.”
Features include a portrait of photographer Nan Goldin by Dean Kissick, a Q&A with American literary theorist and political philosopher Michael Hardt considering “what is wrong with the family?”, Bruce Hainley talks to performance artist Claude Wampler about improvisation, racism and raising kids, while Chiara Bottici and Jamieson Webster compare the Kardashian klan with Freud’s Dora.
And, with Mirko Borsche and Yvonne Zmarsly heading up the magazine’s art direction, fifty issues deep, Spike enters 2017 looking slicker than ever.
- Brooklyn-based Jyan Ku’s naive pastel works are oddly charming
- Jules de Balincourt’s vivid paintings of public spaces play with reality
- Harry Israelson photographs a renaissance fair in sunny California
- Pentagram’s Domenic Lippa designs the inaugural issue of YES & NO Magazine
- Introducing graphic designer Moonsick Gang
- “Non-league football is our punk rock” – Alex Brown’s work for Eastbourne Town FC
- Animator and director James Curran’s amusing 30-day Gifathon project in Tokyo
- Photographer Sophie Mayanne’s new personal project celebrates imperfection (NSFW)
- Animator Saiman Chow’s trippy idents for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty
- The daily grind: Louis Quail’s photographs of fascinatingly mundane offices
- "Before I was a graphic designer I had nearly no idea what one was": meet Austin Redman
- Matthew Raw: the east London artist making clay great again