Spike, a bilingual German/English contemporary art magazine, was founded by artist Ms. Rita Vitorelli in 2004 to bolster vigorous, independent, and meaningful art criticism. At the heart of each issue are feature essays by leading critics and curators on artists whose work plays a significant role in the current scene. Reaching far beyond its editorial base in Vienna and Berlin, Spike is both rigorously academic and refreshingly essayistic.
The magazine blends a potent mix of opulent visuals and teeny images. The bold and clunky grotesque font Kabel is tapered by the classic and elegant book font Garamond to draw a line between contemporary and art historical. For each and every issue, Ms. Rita Vitorelli sketches the editor’s letter in her own hand.