Title Afterall, a journal of art, context and enquiry
Location London; Los Angeles, Antwerp, Seville
Publisher Afterall
Periodicity Thrice a year
ISSN 1465-4253
URL Afterall Journal
Published Since 1998
Indexed Holdings 1998


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Periodical's Overview

"Afterall is a research and publishing organisation based in London. Founded in 1998 by Charles Esche and Mark Lewis at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, Afterall focuses on contemporary art and its relation to a wider artistic, theoretical and social context. In 1999 Afterall, a journal of art, context and enquiry was launched. Afterall offers in-depth analysis of artists' work, along with essays that broaden the context in which to understand it. The journal was co-published with California Institute of the Arts from 2002 to 2009 and is currently published in association with M HKA, Antwerp and UNIA arte y pensamiento, Seville.”

Selected Subject Headings

  • Art and motion pictures
  • Artists’ writings
  • Artists and society
  • La captive (motion picture, 1999)
  • Life in art
  • Media activism
  • Modern movement (architecture)
  • Political participation
  • Romanticism
  • Television - social aspects


After the enabling 1980s (Black Audio Film Collective, ICA Documents, Third Text et al.), London fell under the 1990s grip of Young British Art; in 1999, Afterall appeared as a fresh attempt at broadening the discourse on, and around, contemporary art practices, beyond the fashion, celebrity, and épater le bourgeois gestures ascribed to YBA. The journal embraced a slick design and format in order to diffuse their contents. Each issue includes in-depth essays on specific artists, with several dedicated to each one of them, allowing for a kaleidoscopic approach and understanding to their practices. A peripatetic journal, its different locations and editorial input allowed for an international focus. Since the journal’s appearance, the organization has expanded its reach via their Afterall One Work monographs on single works by a single artist, within a broad historical range, and recently they expanded to create an online forum in which their publication ventures test the new diffusion and distribution tools allowed by the Internet. An all-encompassing, but specific, art sphere.

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