At the end of September, adjective www.adjective.co.za will celebrate its first month of web-based publishing. Founded and edited by Matthew Partridge, adjective is a dedicated arts magazine that brings together some of the most notable writers in South Africa in order to foster critical thought and reflection centered on the visual arts.
adjective’s format is that of a daily magazine which features short length contributions in the section In Review. Those looking for sustained essays can turn to The Long Read for insightful takes on issues as they pertain to contemporary art here and now. Voices from the community are also an essential part of adjective’s contribution, with the section Perspectives featuring in-depth interviews with collectors, artists and curators.
To date adjective has featured written contributions by Sean O’Toole, Ashraf Jamal, Tymon Smith, Andrew Lamprecht and Roxy Kawitzky. Perspectives has seen interviews with Frank Kilbourn, Igshaan Adams and Lizette Chirrime.
Describing the impetus behind adjective, Partridge notes that “adjective is a filter applied to looking, bridging the artistic encounter with words. Words present a way of making sense of what we see, touch, smell and hear. They fill in the holes that escape our senses and provide histories to a space where only the artwork once existed”.
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Former director of the Cape Town Art Fair, Partridge holds an MA in Art History from the University of the Witwatersrand. As a critic he has contributed to publications that include Art Review, The Mail & Guardian, The Sunday Times, Financial Mail, Business Day, Art South Africa, The South African Art Times & ArtThrob.