Art Practical is an online magazine that enriches critical dialogue for the Bay Area visual arts by providing comprehensive analysis of events and exhibitions. Since its launch in October 2009, we have promoted the Bay Area's role in the international art scene, created an archive of its contemporary artistic practices, and fostered its artistic production through critical writing and public programming.
Art Practical is emblematic of the collective and collaborative spirit of the wide-ranging Bay Area visual arts culture, which combines international perspectives with a long local history of incubating experimentation and innovation. Our contributors are some of the most renowned artists, performers, writers, educators, and curators working in the Bay Area.
Our content, public programming, and rigorous editorial review have been lauded and noted in numerous media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald, and the New York Times; on KCUR, KQED, and NPR; and on blogs, including Edward Winkleman, Rocketblog!, Open Space, Mission Local and Independent Curators International.
Curator Frank Smigiel cited Art Practical’s “Shop Talk” series and related review in his essay for Contemporary Art: 1989 to the Present (John Wiley & Sons, 2013); the Pulitizer-Prize wining art critic Holland Cotter has called Art Practical “an excellent paradigm for criticism’s online possibilities”; and curator Hou Hanru has described us as “the most important website in the Bay Area arts scene.
From 2011 - 2013, Liz worked with the online art magazine, Art Practical as an Associate Editor and occasional contributor.