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ArtsJournal was founded September 13, 1999 in the heady days of the dotcom boom. The site is a digest of some of the best arts and cultural journalism in the English-speaking world. Each day ArtsJournal features link to stories culled from around the internet, including blogs and more than 200 English-language newspapers, magazines and publications featuring writing about arts and culture. Stories from sites that charge for access have generally been excluded.

The current AJ site is the fifth design. In 2003 we added blogs and the site now features more than 60 prominent writers on culture. We expect to keep adding to the number with individuals, group and limited-time group debate blogs.

Arts Journal’s editor is Douglas McLennan, formerly an arts columnist and arts reporter with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Seattle Weekly. Doug writes the diacritical blog on ArtsJournal, tweets as @AJDoug and for a number of publications. He also teaches at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC and is a much-in-demand speaker on issues of arts, culture, journalism and how the digital revolution is changing culture.

AJ’s assistant editors are Matthew Westphal and Suzi Steffen.


The End Of The Art World (As We Know It)
vor 9 Stunden 51 Minuten
Via this year’s deeply reimagined Sydney Biennale, now called NIRIN: “The impact of COVID-19 is both a significant challenge and a threshold for new beginnings. An international art world ...
Listening To The Sirens’ Call
vor 10 Stunden 21 Minuten
What a music critic who lives close to a major hospital hears in, and beyond, the now-constant sirens. “Most American ambulances contain an ‘electronic box in each vehicle, which comes ...
Beloved British Children’s Author Jacqueline Wilson Talks About Her Own Plot Twist
vor 10 Stunden 51 Minuten
The author is on her 111th novel – she long ago stopped buying her signature chunky silver rings for each book – and this one might be her most personal. “Wilson is the fairy ...
Michael McKinnell, Bold Architect Of Boston’s Democratic City Hall, Has Died At 84
vor 11 Stunden 21 Minuten
McKinnell was a 26-year-old graduate student and a teaching assistant for architect Gerhard Kallmann when the city hall competition arose. Their “heroically sculptural and democratically open ...
The Planned Online Six-Hour Epic Pauline Oliveros Opera
vor 11 Stunden 51 Minuten
The founder of Opera Povera posted the idea to perform an Oliveros opera, and the opera world responded quickly and in numbers. The plan for the participant opera and fundraiser for musicians: ...
Is It Great Or Terrible That Quibi Is Launching In The Middle Of The Pandemic?
vor 12 Stunden 21 Minuten
Quibi – whose ads you’ve likely seen if you’ve been online at all in the past four months – was meant to be a short-form video platform that people watched in moments of their ...
Online Dance Parties Are The New Clubs, Workouts, And Social Life
vor 12 Stunden 51 Minuten
Dance classes, “clubbing” from home, and other dance-related videos (and Instagram Stories, Zooms, etc.) are keeping loneliness at bay as nearly everyone has orders to shelter in place. ...
Arlene Schnitzer, Gallery Pioneer And Massive Funder To The Arts In The Pacific Northwest, Has Died At 91
vor 13 Stunden 21 Minuten
The influence of Schnitzer – whose name is on the Oregon Symphony’s hall – on the Portland and Pacific Northwest arts scene can hardly be overstated. “Schnitzer was a towering ...
Agatha Christie Is (Still) The Best-Selling Novelist Of All Time
vor 13 Stunden 51 Minuten
Sure, Shakespeare and the Bible outsell Agatha Christie, but otherwise, she’s the tops. “Agatha Christie’s novels have sold more than one billion copies in the English language and ...
Hollywood’s Costumers Are Still Sewing, But Now It’s Face Masks For Survival
vor 14 Stunden 21 Minuten
Tens of thousands of Hollywood and theatre workers are out of work right now. But they’ve found a rallying cause: “With no end in sight to the crisis, costumers — whose job is to create ...