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Spike Art Magazine #62

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Issue 62 –  The 2010s

In the roundtable in this issue, artist John Hill notes that if 2010 seemed like a time of abundance, 2019 feels like a time of scarcity. The 10s was a decade in which the bottom fell out of politics, and the art system lost its credibility. The wealthy got wealthier and disproved trickle-down economics. Communicating did not just mean talking with friends, it was also a way of creating new forms of community. A few people – artists, musicians, writers, activists, poets – gave us the tools we needed to survive. It’s time to look back, in neither anger nor judgement, at the decade on which we just shut the door. Peering through the peephole, we’ll likely see a few naked selfies, but we just might get a glimpse of ourselves


Founded by the artist Rita Vitorelli in 2004, Spike is a bilingual German/English contemporary art magazine aimed at sustaining a vigorous, independent, and meaningful art criticism. At the heart of each issue are feature essays by leading critics and curators on artists making work that plays a significant role in current debates. Situated between art theory and practice and ranging far beyond its editorial base in Vienna and Berlin, Spike is both rigorously academic and stylishly essayistic. Spike’s renowned pool of contributing writers, artists, collectors and gallerists observe and reflect on contemporary art and analyse international developments in contemporary culture, offering its readers both intimacy and immediacy through an unusually open editorial approach that is not afraid of controversy and provocation. 

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