Published on Apr 6, 2012
Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Produced by Rek Levan. Music by Kasino Gang, James Lucchesi, and Sam Webster.
On March 23, 2012 the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center debuted its 23rd annual juried show, curated by Los Angeles art critic Mat Gleason.
Coagula Art Journal was founded in 1992 by Mat Gleason as a freely distributed contemporary art magazine. Since its inception, the publication remains free as a PDF download, however readers may still obtain a hard copy via "print on demand".
The bi-coastal publication employs tabloid-style commentary, gossip, and reviews of the contemporary art world, which garnered significant influence in being cited in other major publications.
The magazine has been referred to as "the publication that the art world loves to hate, and loves to read" (Village Voice) and dubbed "The National Enquirer of the Art World" (New York Post). It has also been described as having "nothing constructive about it and arguably hurtful."
In 1998, Smart Art Press released Most Art Sucks: Five Years of Coagula.
In 1999, Coagula selected Karen Finley as Artist Of The Decade.
On March 16, 2001, Coagula won a free speech lawsuit, brought against the publication by Brooklyn resident Ms. Sheh Zand. Sheh's 1992 lawsuit was over articles appearing in Coagula issues #3 and #4, and was covered by New York Magazine and the Boston Globe.
In February 2011, Mat Gleason, founder of Coagula Art Journal, was interviewed by art critic Brian Sherwin for FineArtViews. Gleason stated that Coagula Art Journal was deeply influenced by the writing style of punk zines. He mentioned that Coagula Art Journal will eventually explore internet radio with the launch of CoaguL.A.radio which will provide coverage of the art world. Gleason also stated that "print is dead" and that future releases of Coagula Art Journal will come in the form of a book rather than of a traditional magazine. The interview between Gleason and Sherwin was featured by the Huffington Post.
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