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Link: A Critical Journal on the Arts, Issue One Paperback – June 1, 1996
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There is something Whitmanesque about the efforts of local artists, critics, curators and teachers to find in the mundane facts of everyday life in Baltimore the seeds of a new cultural renaissance. The vehicle for this transformation is Link, a new biannual critical journal to be published locally that takes as its purview the broadest possible range of visual arts in Baltimore and the world. The key themes of the new venture are set forth in an impassioned if irreverent lead essay by editorial-board member Peter Walsh, titled Wild from Seclusion: Art and Locality in Baltimore, Maryland, Walsh's piece, a thought-provoking if occasionally verbose polemic dedicated to the proposition that creativity begins close to home, could well serve as the journal's revolutionary manifesto. Local art, once the mark of things small-minded and amateur, is increasingly becoming the place where cultural negotiation occurs, [and] the site of resistance to the cultural imperialism that has become one of the unpleasant side effects of electronic media, he writes. --New journal looks at arts as Whitman used to, Glen Mc Natt, The Baltimore Sun, July 7, 1996
An ambitious new arts journal...Like the city [of Baltimore] itself, defined by its neighborhoods, Link is a mosaic of voices and visions. --The Washington Post, August 19, 1996
Off to a good creative start...A nondogmatic publication...A local journal that also [looks] to the national scene... Especially pleasing is the balance struck between seriousness and playfulness in writing about such a variety of topics... Like the poet William Carlos Williams, [author Peter] Walsh finds the universal within the local. --Baltimore City Paper, September 4, 1996
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