"Founded by the artist Rita Vitorelli in 2004, Spike is a contemporary art magazine, online platform and event space. The flagship print magazine Spike Art Quarterly is aimed at sustaining a vigorous, independent and meaningful art criticism. Essays by leading critics and curators are complemented by other formats offering room for polemics, meditations, and short answers to urgent questions. Published four times a year, Spike offers its readers both intimacy and immediacy through an unusually open editorial approach that is not afraid of controversy and provocation. The event space Spike Berlin has become known for heated round-table discussions and high-profile talks, while Spike Online features up-to-the-minute reports, interviews, and photo essays from around the world." (from website)
Pablo Léon de la Barra sends us a long letter from Tripoli and Jon Leon writes about the fashionable rise of the visor. Pablo Larios portrays the Berlin-based artist Simon Denny. Bruce Hainley talks to painter Brian Calvin about his collaboration with Raf Simons. We visit the project gallery “curated by”, Ed Ruscha in Vienna, and the artist collective Am Nuden Da in London.