I am a big believer that every magazine should be able to sum up what it does in a few words. New title The-Art-Form does just that with the pithy statement that it’s “a limited edition publication about art and artists.” Issue one features six artists – Ian Davenport, Peter Liversidge, Rana Begum, Dan Baldwin, Michael Reisch and Paul Insect – and each has been asked 13 questions ranging from why they make art to their favourite place. The answers vary not only in tone and subject matter (as you’d expect) but also in form, so while Ian has provided handwritten answers, Michael, Dan and Rana have created paintings, drawings and sketches in response to the questionnaire.
It’s an intriguing and engaging format and keeps things fresh and surprising throughout; of course some of the artists will resonate with individual readers more than others but that’s very much part of The-Art-Form’s charm. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how creative director Andrew Townsend develops the concept in future issues.