Asterisk*announces its latest publication –– ISSUE 004
The Asterisk*Journal of Art and Art History brings out its fall publication –– the journal's fourth issue.
News –– 30 December 2021
by Sketchbook Staff
NEW HAVEN — The Asterisk* Journal of Art and Art History has released its latest publication: ISSUE 004.
Asterisk* was founded in 2020 by Farid Djamalov as one of the few peer-reviewed art and art-history journals at the undergraduate level. Its intercollegiate nature lends to the journal's express purpose: in imitation of its eponymous asterisk, to highlight topics that are often left at the margins of traditional art historical narratives.
The journal has seen a great vitalization — much of it taking place during the tenures of Co-Editors-in-Chief Farid Djamalov and Tina Oyanguren. Asterisk* remarkably published its first issue with only 11 staffers; at its fourth issue, the journal now enjoys the contributions of 53 active members across four departments.
Despite its growth and progressing maturation, the journal remains proudly true to its original purpose. In its treatment of topics such as diasporic efforts in (re)building homes and the power of graphic novels and photography in shaping new social relations and identities, this fourth issue witnesses to that thematic loyalty Asterisk* readers have for two years enjoyed.
ISSUE 004 can be accessed here. The artworks published in Asterisk* and their accompanying commentaries are always accessible here.
–– Note from the Editors-in-Chief Dear Readers,
We are happy to present to you the fourth issue of the Asterisk* Journal of Art and Art History. Supported by Yale University’s History of Art department, Asterisk* is one of the few intercollegiate, art and art history journals at the undergraduate level. Our mission is to provide an outlet for critical discourse around art for undergraduates, whether it be through practice or theory. The journal’s name plays on the concept that we put an asterisk in traditional, art historical narratives to shed light on topics that are often left to the margins. As part of our selection process, we reached out to over 150 universities from around the world in the search of high quality, subversive essays and artworks that invite new ways of thinking. We ultimately selected nineteen submissions.
The topics in this issue range from diasporic efforts in (re)building homes to the power of graphic novels and photography in shaping new social relations and identities. For this issue, we sought to experiment in our inclusion of interviews with artists and reviews of exhibitions that tie our journal to our broader communities — Yale, New Haven, Connecticut. Outside of the confines of the journal’s pages, we worked to enhance our online presence by revamping our website and starting an Instagram page (@asteriskjournal).
We would like to acknowledge all the hard work put into this journal from everyone on the Asterisk* team, including its board and staff members. We are especially grateful to Elizabeth Keto, a second-year PhD student in the History of Art department, for leading workshops for our editorial staff. We are excited to announce that next semester, we will be extending our online publication to print to increase our readership within Yale University as well as our international undergraduate community.