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CATALOGUE, the new free web-based Contemporary Art Magazine has launched this week. Founded by London-based French Art Writer Coline Milliard, a member of Creative Africa Network, and Paris-based Florence Ostende, Independent Curator and Art Writer, Catalogue aims “to act as a platform for interaction between the English and French-speaking art worlds – the UK, France, and a host of other territories internationally” and ambitions “to play a part in the reinvention of art writing online.”

The fruit of nine months of research and development, this newcomer is beautifully designed, with a smooth navigation, a nice layout and a stylish combination of white and pink pages. But what interests us more is the content. And if this first issue is to go by, readers and subscribers are in for a much insightful experience.

Catalogue features contributions from an array of established art writers and curators, notably: Laura McLean-Ferris, Editor-at-large for Art Review, who discusses the critical response one could have “when faced with a roll of tape or a strip of metal mesh” by exploring “the minimal tendencies of several young British artists”; interviewed by Ostende, Francesco Manacorda, Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, revisits the 2005 10th Baltic Triennial of International Art, BMW - Black Market Worlds, and reflects on how remembering a show implies a level of facts distortion; Martin Hebert, Associate Editor for Art Review, looks back at the Turner Prize, its history and controversies. Other contributors include Julien Fronsacq, Curator at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Writer and Curator Isobel Harbison and Hou Hanru, Curator of the 2009 Lyon Biennial, who shares his 2009 exhibition picks.

African art also features in the person of Yinka Shonibare MBE, who talked to Catalogue about “his new project space in East London, the credit crunch, and the benefits of the Trojan horse approach.” Coline Milliard met the artist at his studio as he was preparing for a solo show to open at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, on 15 October. A show taking its cue from Arthur Miller’s play The Death of a Salesman (1949) and a response to the current economic climate. We read about Shonibare’s views about accepting the MBE, an honour declined by poet Benjamin Zephaniah in 2003. We also learn about his Guest Project, an inspirational example of how established practitioners can offer emerging artists a platform for experiment. A venture to keep an eye on!

CATALOGUE - Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue # 1, September 2009.

Catalogue is a quarterly free online magazine delivered by email upon subscription.

For further information, contact Coline Milliard or visit Catalogue.