Next month marks the opening of a fresh exhibition, Millennium Magazines, at the museum of Modern Art in New York – and a Kiwi magazine has been picked to feature in it.
Originally formed in Wellington in 2004, White Fungus is now based in Taiwan, but editor Ron Hanson says it still features a large amount of New Zealand content.
The current 162-page issue features articles on New Zealand artists Simon Denny and Tao Wells and a piece on nuclear testing in the Pacific leading up to the Rainbow Warrior bombing.
White Fungus was born as a free handout protesting a new inner-city bypass in Wellington. Founders generated awareness of the magazine by wrapping each copy in Christmas wrapping paper and throwing them into inter-city stores and businesses.
Now a fully-blown magazine covering visual arts, new music, history, politics and original artwork, its title was inspired by a discontinued can of “White Fungus” founders Ron and Mark Hanson found in a Taiwanese supermarket. Each cover of the magazine is derived from a scan of the can in recognition of Andy Warhol’s work.
The Millennium Magazines exhibition features a range of print media, from community newspapers to image-only photography magazines. It explores the way artists use the magazine format to express their creativity through works and text.