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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.

We hope that you enjoy our fourth issue!

Sincerely,
Farid Djamalov and Tina Oyanguren
Co-Editors-in-Chief
Asterisk* Journal of Art and Art History