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Template:Coi Artenol Magazine (also known as Artenol Journal) is a quarterly publication on the arts and literature that was founded in 2014 by conceptual artist and satirist Alexander Melamid, formerly half of the Russian expatriate art duo, Komar and Melamid. Melamid had long pondered the question, “Why is today’s art so meaningless?”[1] His response was the creation Artenol. The magazine claims to be the first arts publication of its kind, featuring articles by writers from outside the art world's critical establishment – pieces that often poke fun at contemporary art while offering serious commentary on the superficiality of much of the modernist genre and today's related styles. Artenol also differs from other arts publications in its shape: each edition has a different die-cut leading edge, giving the magazine the contours of whatever image appears on the cover. Its irreverent combination of insightful and common-sense criticism with over-the-top humor inspired The New York Times to describe Artenol as “a cross between The New Criterion and Mad magazine.”[2]


In the fall of 2014, Alexander Melamid teamed up with art curator and financier Gary Krimershmoys to create a publication that would provide an alternative view of the contemporary art world.[1] Melamid and Krimershmoys decided the publication would be a glossy, full-color, nationally-distributed magazine. To facilitate its production, Melamid brought in artist David Dann to act as editor and art director. Dann had first worked with Melamid in the 1990s on "Spark," a newspaper published by Komar and Melamid’s radical artists group, the "School of Bayonne."[3] Because the magazine was intended to be a remedy for the ills of the art world, Melamid named it "Artenol," taking inspiration from the commercial analgesic, Tylenol. Artenol was launched in July 2015; its debut cover featured a silhouette of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche with a lead article titled "The Death of Art."


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