The first issue of Elephant magazine was published in 2009, and since then (and through a 2017 redesign) the publication has cultivated a reputation as a crucial commentator on the international contemporary art scene. Elephant prides itself on its “eloquent and opinionated writing,” and favours rigorous analysis over the inaccessible and insular writing used to death by other art publications. The magazine is thick and expertly designed, with special attention to bold typography, carefully selected paper stock and creative approaches to negative space. The quarterly magazine boasts a “[dedication] to capturing the sensual pleasure of art,” and its Spring 2018 issue (now on the shelves in the SVA Library Periodicals Collection) is a definite embodiment of this ethos. Entitled “The Art of Sex,” issue 34 is concerned with how artists are dealing with the erotic in their work in  2018. The issue includes an interview with avant-garde feminist filmmaker and artist Carolee Schneemann; a look at the installations of Lindsey Mendick, whose work deals with issues like anxiety and consumerism; an inquiry into the intersections of art and sex tech; a conversation about what makes “sexy design” sexy; a peek at the work of Jennifer Mehigan, whose art merges “queer femme desire, teen goth fantasy, neolithic tombs and cyber-erotic blobs” and a whole lot more. Come by the Periodicals Collection for flip through the latest issue, or the archives for older issues (we have all of them).

Carolee Schneemann