In print since 1977, Art Papers is a bimonthly Atlanta-based journal (and public programming organization) dedicated to “the examination, discussion, and documentation of the full spectrum of contemporary art and culture, as well as the ways they affect and reflect our lives.” Art Papers began as the Atlanta Art Workers Coalition Newspaper, was renamed the Atlanta Art Papers in 1980, and finally assumed its current title in 1981. The SVA Periodicals Collection is in possession of every issue of Art Papers from 2002 to the the present. The Summer 2017 issue (currently out on the floor) covers, as the journal’s ethos suggests, a wide range of cultural topics, with special attention to the work of science fiction author Philip K. Dick. This issue includes: instructions for folding the famous Blade Runner origami unicorn; an introduction to Samizdat, a clandestine and subversive form of literature from the former Soviet Union; a selected “Dick Index” of Philip K. Dick’s life and works; an essay on the work of Octavia E. Butler written by the curator of the exhibition “Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories”; a monologue by Jean Cocteau; a photographic investigation of Dubai’s Dragon Mart (“the largest trading hub for Chinese products outside mainland China”); a discussion of the meme as “surrealist endpoint” and much more. Come by and take a gander!

Cover for Art Papers featuring text saying Philip K. Dick.
Portrait of a young Octavia Butler.
Origami instructions for making a unicorn.
One page of text entitled "Philip K. Dick is dead, a Lass"

Four images on a two page spread, each featuring a different, slightly surreal interior shot.
images by Farah Al Qasimi


Two page spread entitled "Museum of Internet and the Surrealist Endpoint"