Gagarin & S.M.A.K.
Gagarin the Artists in their Own Words
Gagarin the Artists in their Own Words. A magazine, entirely dedicated to the original texts of expressive artists.
At the beginning of this year, S.M.A.K. and GAGA vzw, the publisher of the artist’s magazine GAGARIN, signed a unique partnership for the next three years. The partnership stipulates that GAGA vzw, entirely independent, will now publish GAGARIN for the Municipal Museum for Contemporary Art.
GAGARIN - the first edition was published in the millennium year 2000 - is the only magazine in the world entirely dedicated to the publication of especially written and unpublished texts by artists who are working now, anywhere in the world.
In collaboration with the Research Centre for Artists’ Publications / Archive for Small Press & Communication (ASPC) at the Neues Museum Weserburg in Bremen (Germany), GAGARIN features a supplementary Index of Artists’ Writings published worldwide.
GAGARIN is aimed at those who do not tend to wait until everything is accepted and synthesised and those who are prepared to leave the road to search for stimulating art and ideas while they are still fresh. GAGARIN does not restrict itself to a particular period or import and runs through the codes that are applied in the world of art. Its orientation is artistic, documentary and historical. GAGARIN also aspires to provide an accurate source of information about the collaborating artists, using their own words.
MoMa, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and the Getty Foundation (Los Angeles) recently bought the complete GAGARIN series (20 issues, period: 2000-2010)
From the 4th of December until the 4th of March 2010, S.M.A.K. dedicated an overall exhibition to this unique magazine, in which the entire GAGARIN oeuvre has been brought together with works of the same artists out of the museum’s collection and special loans.
For the moment, GAGARIN is the subject of an undergraduate thesis by Simon Deakin, university student at the University of Leeds. His tutors are Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield, Reader in Theory and Philosophy of Art at the University of Reading (UK) and Griselda Pollock, Professor of the Social and Critical Histories of Art at the University of Leeds (UK).
One issue: € 15
Subscription: € 27 (2 issues) or € 49 (4 issues)
Concept & coordination: Wilfried Huet
Subscriptions and price per issue
€ 15 per issue - Belgium
€ 17 per issue - Rest of Europe
€ 19 per issue - Rest of world
€ 27 per subscription of two issues – Belgium
€ 33 per subscription of two issues – Rest of Europe
€ 35 per subscription of two issues - Rest of world
€ 49 per subscription of four issues – Belgium
€ 60 per subscription of four issues- Rest of Europe
€ 64 per subscription of four issues- Rest of world
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