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Four Year Anniversary + Special Announcements

As we enter our fourth year of publishing, we are excited to announce continued evolutions of our platform through more extended features and the establishment of a new fund for paying writers.

Writer’s Fund
Last March, on our third anniversary, we announced both the relaunch of our website and a rearticulation of our vision as an ‘anti-profit’ publication. Temporary has operated essentially without funding for four years, with our entire archives built from voluntary contributions with this model of ad sharing and mutualism. With now over 150 contributors covering what we view to be the most pressing artistic issues of our time, a quickly expanding readership around the world, and a commitment to reflecting the concerns of artists everywhere through both our content and our structure, we can confidently say: it is working.

Thanks to sponsorships from other artist-centric organizations and a partial grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (through our publisher The Luminary), we are now for the first time creating a dedicated fund for paying writers and guest editors. As we have always marked within our model: payment is not central to the operations of the site, but will be transparently shared among our contributors. We are excited to share this funding outward, allowing each contributor to choose from a flexible payment model of ad shares or stipends. We aim to use this fund to address two acute areas: one, the continued lack of critical coverage of artist-run spaces through national and international platforms and second, in-depth, ongoing features that engage the most pressing social concerns in the arts.

Special Feature: Art and Privilege
Recent events from Ferguson to Rojava have us all asking: What can I do? As editors of Temporary Art Review, we also ask ourselves: What’s not being discussed? Using the theory of intersectionality (the idea that various and discrete forms of oppression are interrelated) as a starting point we will spend the next four months working in partnership with guest editors to examine privilege (both in and through art) from feminist, class, geographic, queer and black perspectives. Partners and contributors for this feature will include The Artist as Debtor, Arts.Black, and Art+Feminism, among others. is a platform to develop a discussion about the effects that a growing mass of debt has on the work of artists. It began with a conference “The Artist as Debtor” at Cooper Union on January 23, 2015 hosted by Coco Fusco and Noah Fischer.

ARTS.BLACK is a platform for art criticism from black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue – a tool through which we question, celebrate and talk back to the global world of contemporary art.

Art+Feminism is a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support!

– Sarrita Hunn and James McAnally, co-founders

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