News | Art in America sold to ARTnews owner in super art merger

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A 2009 cover of Art in America featuring a portrait, Sid (1995)  by artist Elizabeth Peyton. (Courtesy Brant Publications) 

Two of the most well known American art publications are set to merge into a single online entity, as Peter Brant, the art collector and publisher announced on Wednesday. The move is due to Art in America’s recent struggles following the rise of arts specialized magazines. Yet, Mr. Brant reassured that Art in America (which has been published since 1913) will continue its scheduled 11 issues a year, and will not be reducing its staff. As Randy Kennedy reports, Mr. Brant’s media company would still retain some singularity by becoming the majority shareholder of ARTnew’s parent, ARTnews S.A. The merged publications would begin a joint print subscription under the Art in America brand with Lindsay Pollock, editor in chief of Art in America, affirming that ‘while there will likely be some changes and enhancements on the digital front, we will retain the distinctive and trustworthy voice found in our printed pages for the past 103 years.’  Sarah Douglas editor in chief of ARTnews also expressed her contentment with the merge, with Mr. Brant further silencing any doubters stating that ‘the combined company will have some of the most important cultural publications that together provide the complete content and history of decorative arts, classical arts and art-related news.’

via International New York Times

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