Art Lies Shuts Down Its Print and Website Publications

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Art Lies announced today that it is closing up shop as far as its printed journal and website content are concerned, saying in an e-mail: "Today, facing the nationwide decrease in arts funding, our efforts have proven financially unsustainable."

It will finish out scheduled projects for the spring, including the print and online editions of its upcoming issue "Architecture Is Not Art," featuring Mary Ellen Carroll as guest editorial contributor, and production of a special print-on-demand edition and public panel on April 16 in collaboration with the 2011 Texas Biennial.

But after 17 years of operation, the Board of Directors decided that they can't continue to financially support "print criticism, an increasingly precarious enterprise with the advent of digital media," according to the statement released today.

Besides its publications, Art Lies brought critics to Houston through the Art Lies Distinguished Critic Lecture Series.

There will be a Bon Voyage Party with the publication of their final issue, the statement said.

We're sorry to see it go.

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