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Umělec (the name itself is an irony) is based on the principle that an art magazine can also be a work of art but rather than an object it is through the fact that every numbered page will be pervaded with a controversial personality, in this case the publisher Ivan Mečl. Divus set a direction and Umělec led by the editor-in-chief Lenka Lindaurová, Vladan Šír or Jiří Ptáček followed. The first editorial: “We intend to sharpen rather than smooth out the issues, we will provoke and question. We will open room to contradicting views. We will attempt to inform on interesting Czech and foreign events and bring material from “inaccessible” corners of the “art” scene. We will keep a watch over all areas of the current “media” space the dynamics of which is immense. We will not cover the whole scope of what is going on in art, rather we want to concentrate on the now and a view of the future. To defend quality art we invited a U-man who will be our guide in complicated situations.” That the inverted commas around art will incorporate an issue dedicated to dance music, where the writer Michal Hvorecký interviews the musicologist David Toop, may be given as credit to its creators. Umělec is presently published in at least four languages. (2010)

Published by Divus in Prague from 1997-2016.

Editors: Lenka Lindaurová, Alena Boika, Marisol Rodríguez, William Hollister, Palo Fabuš, Stefan Kirmse, Milena Dimitrova, Leonor Nuridsany, Oliver Kielmayer, Ivan Mečl, Marisol Rodríguez, Lu Jing, Hana Vojáčková, Jiří Ptáček, a.o.

On Umělec
  • Marina Sorbello, et al., "Eastwards – A Panel Discussion About the Emerging Art Markets of the New Europe", ArtMargins, 2006.
  • Jiří Ptáček, "Přece si nebudeme stavět monumenty. O knihách, časopisech a intenzitě. Rozhovor s Ivanem Mečlem" / "We're Not Going to Create Monuments. On Books, Magazines and Intensity. Interview with Ivan Mečl", in Mezi první a druhou moderností, 1985-2012 / Between the First and Second Modernity, 1985-2012, eds. Jiří Ševčík and Edith Jeřábková, Prague: VVP AVU, 2011, pp 365-374 & 375-382. (Czech)/(English)