Turps Banana references the latter, potassium-heavy part of its name by way of a small replica of Andy Warhol’s banana made for the Velvet Underground’s eponymous album. Just looking at the cover of the magazine, one might mistake the tiny banana for a rogue logo, when it is in fact a crucial part of the name. The name frankly, is weird. It’s also a bit of a mystery. There is no information either within the magazine or on their website as to why they named their publication such an oddball title, but surely they have their reasons. Turps Banana is a painting magazine made primarily for and by painters. When founding the magazine in 2003, the TB crew sought to create a space for discussions about painting not monopolized by art critics or art historians, but rather focused on and led by painters themselves - “practitioners whose contributions will hopefully illuminate their own practice as they reflect on their contemporaries and their interest in the history of painting.” Each issue of the biannual publication is packed with illuminating conversations between artists - ranging from Leon Golub to Sylvia Sleigh to Damien Hirst - about their respective practices and relationships to painting. The magazine’s design is fairly simple and clean - the colour of the cover is echoed in the trims of the pages, and the cover itself is distinctly devoid of art (save for Warhol’s banana). The SVA Periodicals Collection has 11 issues of the magazine. The New York Edition of the magazine (Issue #17, pictured below), which is currently on display in the SVA Library Periodicals Collection, was made so as to coincide with the Abstract Expressionism exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. The issue was guest edited by New York painter Thomas Nozkowski, and features a 1995 interview with Willem de Kooning, an account of a studio visit with EJ Hauser, and a conversation with Tom McGlynn about New York, among others things. Come by the Periodicals collection for a peek.
Mar 16 2018