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A Major Makeover

Jean-Marc Poinsot et Sylvie Mokhtari
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Une mutation profonde

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Translated from the French by Charles Penwarden

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1The fortieth issue of Critique d’art witnesses a major makeover of the journal.

2Thanks to the contribution of designer Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié, its appearance is changing, becoming clearer and easier to read. This is all the more necessary, we believe, because what we now offer in these pages is changing the appearance of the publication, which will come out every six months, once in autumn and once in spring.

3Critique d’art is changing in many other ways, too. The ability to offer a broader, more inclusive vision of the publishing scene is one advantage of the new developments. No less than 388 books, published not only in French but also, starting with this issue, in other languages, are covered by articles and reader’s notes. The art world, and the intellectual world generally, have long been international. We needed to find a formula that would provide in a clear and attractive way what the extended, international academic committee of Critique d’art and the reading committee have chosen for you. Critique d’art can now offer a more open, better informed and more rigorous choice of books.

4We have decided to give our contributors more space to develop original points of view, whether in more substantial articles, or in the form of more numerous reader’s notes. That is why we have increased the pagination of Critique d’art from the old 128 to over 178 pages. To those must be added – and this is no small detail – over 350 contributions published on our new web pages at

5This online version is the second main mutation of Critique d’art. What does the fact of being available on the human and social sciences portal bring to the journal? First of all, it means that all subscribers, wherever they may be, can enjoy full access to the complete version of Critique d’art, with both the articles published on paper and those available only online. This new electronic journal represents a considerable editorial output, since contributors will be given more space for the critical analysis of each book. The online Critique d’art also offers a novel approach for readers in that the French and English versions of the print journal will be enriched by the original texts in any other languages our contributors might have written them in.

6The complementary relation between the two components of Critique d’art – print and electronic – allows us to aim for complete coverage of French language contemporary art publishing while putting it in an international context. We are adding an archive covering all the articles, reviews, portraits and thematic sections published in Critique d’art since 1993, which represents nearly 9,000 books and catalogues. When bibliographical publications give way to library catalogues, precise research on artists or authors is often polluted by a host of useless or redundant information. The online search tool that we now offer should help readers find their way to more reliable and regularly updated information.

7While continuing to offer a valuable service to all publishing professionals in the field of contemporary art, by making easily available all the information needed by readers, librarians, booksellers, publishers and researchers, this new version of Critique d’art has also set itself two new objectives:

  • firstly, by means of its new reading committee, to further improve the quality of the texts published, to the highest academic standards.

  • secondly, to make the journal Critique d’art more attractive to anyone with an interest in contemporary art thanks to a good selection of articles on the most topical questions of the day, notably by translating in a pro-active way new texts into French or English, by expanding the “Archives” section with its references to first-hand documents, and by including portraits of published authors linked to current events in publishing.

8These transformations have been put in place without interrupting publication. They will be further tested with your input in order to go on improving our contents and our coverage, bringing you the most noteworthy publications in a spirit of openness and independence with regard to the market or any other external influence. To do this, we have sought the appropriate resources. You too can contribute via the various subscription types, including the supporter’s subscription (form at the beginning of this issue), which for the launch of no. 40 of Critique d’art is accompanied by a limited, numbered and signed edition by artist Jacques Villeglé (see p. 127).

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Jean-Marc Poinsot et Sylvie Mokhtari, « A Major Makeover », Critique d’art [En ligne], 40 | 2012, mis en ligne le 10 janvier 2013, consulté le 28 juillet 2021. URL : ; DOI :

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