MAINTENANT 18: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art




In MAINTENANT 18, contemporary dada writers and artists from around the world redistribute a wealth of new ideas, to shape public opinion using the theme of PLUTOCRAZY. “Timely and relevant.” —Tribe LA Magazine.  “Proof that dada is not dead.” —MADJAN Magazine (Serbia)

Creativity is the currency here and the amount has no limit. In nearly 250 pages of full color art and incisive writing, MAINTENANT 18 separates Merch and State by forging a non-monetary vision which exposes strategies to achieve socio-political and economic equality and serves against the military-industrialist complex linking warfare with capitalism, shining a light through every crack for “we the people.” Features the work of more than 200 artists and writers from around the world, including cover art by Molly Crabapple.

A fascinating collection of contemporary dada art and writing from around the world that proves dada continues to be a pertinent artistic response to the madness of modern society. As author Richard Loranger (Mammal) notes: “Three Rooms Press, which has been producing Maintenant since 2008, calls this a journal, but it’s more like a series of pageants, or more to the point, anti-pageants, glorious protest parades that fill the streets with punk and jazz and graffiti and wry ire, pausing before the grandstand only to burn flags, fling mirrors, and enact human realness. And what better time for it!”

The Maintenant series, established in 2008, explores themes of politics, humanity, philosophy, and current concerns from an antiwar, anarchic (and often eye-opening) perspective. Past issues include work by artists Mark Kostabi, Raymond Pettibon, Joel Hubaut, Heide Hatry, Avelino de Araujo, Pawel Kuczynski, Inas Al-Soqi, Giovanni Fontana, Nicole Eisenmann, Syporca Whandal, and Kazunori Murakami; past writers have included Gerard Malanga, Charles Plymell, Andrei Codrescu, Harry E. Northup, Malik Crumpler, Maw Shein Win, and more, with a strong contingent of artist-writers from the world of punk rock, including Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Bibbe Hanson and more. 

MAINTENANT 18: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kate Georges, 978-1-953103-48-2, Trade Paper, 254 Pages, $30.00, Color, Pub date: July 16, 2024

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