Modern Painters, the nearly 30-year-old magazine that’s part of the Louise Blouin Media stable of art publications, announced today that executive editor Scott Indrisek will be taking over as editor-in-chief, replacing Daniel Kunitz. Joining him at the top of the masthead, as executive editor, will be Rachel Corbett, who has served as a correspondent for the Art Newspaper since 2013.
“We’re excited to continue exploring what role an art magazine should actually play in the 21st century,” Indrisek said. “Part of that, I think, will involve a more interdisciplinary approach—novelists reflecting on painting; musicians interviewing sculptors—as well as bringing in the voices of working artists themselves. We’re eager to produce a magazine that is vital, and engaged, and also represents how it feels to actually spend time in this strange place known as the art world.”
One of those novelists reflecting on painting will be Chris Kraus, who is joining as a contributing editor. (Kraus has been in the news recently—Transparent creator Jill Soloway is adapting her novel I Love Dick as a television pilot.)
Kunitz held the position of editor-in-chief for six years, and this summer HarperCollins will publish his first book, Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors. Corbett also has a book coming out this year, about something slightly more related to the art world: the relationship between Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin.
Indrisek will take the helm next month, in time to edit the May issue.