In the ever-evolving realm of contemporary art and writing, ‘Maintenant 17: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art‘ by Three Rooms Press stands out as a beacon of daring creativity and antiwar sentiment. This highly anticipated annual release, slated for July 18th, 2023, marks a new chapter in the provocative and transformative exploration of global issues that the Maintenant series has become renowned for.
In this 17th installment, the journal gathers the ingenious works of nearly 250 artists from more than 40 countries. The contributors employ a wide array of mediums to engage in a profound dialogue about the cessation of war and peace, channeling the spirit of the original Dada movement – a rebellion against the senseless violence of World War I. Uta Kaxniashvili’s searing cover art sets the tone for this exploration, reflecting the intensity and passion that permeate the pages within.
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This latest edition carries forward the tradition of its predecessors, which began in 2008, by delving into themes of politics, humanity, philosophy, and current concerns. The journal’s anarchic, antiwar ethos encourages a bold engagement with these subjects that often yields eye-opening insights. The Maintenant series has previously showcased the work of acclaimed artists like Mark Kostabi, Foo Conner, Raymond Pettibon, and Nicole Eisenmann, as well as wordsmiths like Gerard Malanga and Andrei Codrescu.
A testament to its enduring influence and appeal, the series has consistently received accolades from critics worldwide. Described by the Seattle Book Review as “A smorgasbord for those who are sick and tired of it,” and hailed by Tribe LA as a compilation of leading Dada-influenced artists that is “timely and relevant”, Maintenant’s impact is far-reaching. Even Serbia’s Madjan Magazine acknowledges the series’ potent message by declaring “Dada is not dead”.
This July, prepare to delve into Dada where art meets activism, where the end of war and peace is examined through a kaleidoscope of perspectives. ‘Maintenant 17’ is not just a journal, but a journey into the heart of contemporary Dada – a journey that promises to be as enlightening as it is exhilarating.