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NEW COMPETITION | Design a magazine cover image for ArtReview



This is your chance to let your design skills shine! ArtReview Magazine is famous for featuring contemporary artists on its cover. For our next 4 Art project, however, we invite you to create and submit alternative cover image designs, which in your mind best represent the ArtReview Magazine, its long history and identity. 


THE TASK: Create a Venice Biennale themed magazine cover image (La Biennale di Venezia is the contemporary artworld’s biggest annual showcase which opens on the 1 June 2013). You may use existing pictures, create imagery from scratch, use collage, illustration, painting, photography, digital imaging software - any medium you desire. We will publish an online gallery of all of your submissions and at the end of the project a jury will select a bronze, silver and gold winning design. 


1st PRIZE: 4 Art homepage feature for the duration of 1 month, 1 years free subscription to the magazine + an ArtReview bag. 


2nd & 3rd PRIZE: 4 Art homepage feature for one month + current issue of the ArtReview magazine + an ArtReview bag.



TIPS: Read the 60th anniversary issue of ArtReview to learn more about ArtReview’s history – the December 2009 issue

Read all of ArtReview’s special Venice coverage in the June 2013 issue of the magazine and, in the run-up to the fair, find out which artist’s will be showing what, where, in our daily The Venice Questionnaire, on artreview.com.


TERMS: You must have usage rights for the images that you use in your piece. Designs may not contain nudity, offensive material, images of celebrities and copyrighted material such as images, text or logos. To submit your design: please email images of your work to petrapolic@artreview.com by 5pm on the 30th of June 2013 with AR Magazine Cover in the title. Images can be jpeg, png or psd files. We look forward to receiving your cover designs! 

This is an art competition organised by 4 Art. This is not a call out for designers to work for ArtReview.


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Comment by 4art Media on May 28, 2013 at 11:29

Hi Steven, thanks for your message!

By 'magazine cover image' we mean a cover image design - the picture that goes on a magazine cover. The above magazine cover images are either photographs or an illustrated graphic as in the case of the yellow Power 100 cover above.

You do not need to replicate a masthead or logo. You just need to produce a design which would go on the cover. 

We are looking for a biennale themed graphic, yes!

Comment by stevenclark on May 27, 2013 at 0:35

I'm a little confused about the task. By "magazine cover image," are you thinking of a magazine cover mock-up for ArtReview, that will be featured on 4art? In other words do you want us to add, or take into consideration the masthead used in the magazine cover? Or are you simply looking for a Biennale-themed graphic (not a "magazine cover") that will be shown on the Feature page? Also, what size of image, and in what format do you prefer?

Comment by 4art Media on May 10, 2013 at 13:03

IL ENCICLOPEDICO DEL MONDO (The Encyclopedic Palace of the World)
Marino Auriti (1891–1980)
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
c. 1950s
Wood, plastic, glass, metal, hair combs, and model kit parts
American Folk Art Museum, gift of Colette Auriti Firmani in memory of Marino Auriti, 2002.35.1.

Comment by 4art Media on May 10, 2013 at 13:01

Artists and Designers!

Please take 'Venice Biennale themed' to mean that the cover image design must relate to the Venice Biennale Art Exhibition 2013. 

It can, but does not have to deal with this year's Biennale theme - Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace). You are free to decide whether you wish to explore the subject Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace) or some other Biennale characteristic/idea.

If you choose to focus on this year's Venice Biennale theme, you can find further information at:

The Encyclopedic Palace

Massimiliano Gioni

The exhibition 'The Encyclopedic Palace' derives its title from Maurino Auriti’s Encyclopedic Palace of the World. “This building is an entirely new concept in museums, designed to hold all the works of man in whatever field, discoveries made and those which may follow,” wrote Marino Auriti of his goals for his Il Encyclopedico Palazzo del Mondo, the “Encyclopedic Palace of the World.” Folk Art Museum

Comment by James Straffon on May 10, 2013 at 12:22

Can somebody clarify what exactly 'Venice Biennale themed' means. I presume this is meant to cover this year's theme - Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), as opposed to what the Biennale generally stands for.


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