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The very best of the first four years of Arty

ARTY GREATEST HITS reproduces the best words and pictures from the first 16 issues of Arty, the cutting-edge arts fanzine, along with 20 new pieces on the theme of 'Greatest Hits' by Arty contributors including Damian and Delaine Le Bas, Stella Vine, Alex Michon, Sarah Doyle, Nadia Hebson, Marcus Oakley, Cathy Lomax and Paul Murphy.

From its first issue in early 2001, Arty has tracked the ups and downs of the UK art world from a unique perspective: that of the artist. In its 24 issues to date it has reviewed and critiqued the famous, the infamous and the as-yet-to-be-discovered of the UK art scene. Made up exclusively of the drawings and words of over 30 contributor-artists, Arty doesn’t demand that they write like academics, art critics or journalists but simply that they’re true to what it means to each of them to be an

Each issue of Arty takes a single theme (‘Girls’, ‘Boys’, ‘Idols’, ‘Books’, ‘Scandal’, ‘Anarchy’, ‘Film’) and finds meaning in events as diverse as a Tracey Emin opening, the life of Billy Fury, Gilbert and George as the new Royalty or whether there is life after Becks Futures. But it’s not just about the art: the bars of Hoxton get a look in as does ‘James Bond: class warrior’, the Vietnam War and Heat magazine.

Founded by artist Cathy Lomax in April 2001 Arty has followed the growth of artist run spaces in London’s East End from its own headquarters Transition Gallery in Hackney.
The publication ARTY is low budget, has no photos just drawings by the artist/contributors, does not distinguish between artists and writers and thus bypasses that feeling of us and them. It’s a confident publication that knows its audience like any fanzine does and is sharply relevant because it can address what issues it likes.
Paper delivered by Althea Greenan, Senior Librarian, Goldsmiths College at Unframed

It does what it says on the tin. Arty is a fanzine written by artists about art – of all shapes and sizes. The latest Arty is ‘The Film Issue’ and includes a series of pieces of writings and drawings inspired by cinema. What’s refreshing is that while most magazines concern themselves only with what’s new in film, Arty switches from meditations on Dirk Bogarde and a study of Vincent Gallo to an essay on children in films. Arty’s take on cinema is as much about the viewer as the films themselves.
Dave Calhoun in Dazed and Confused


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