09/07/2011 04:42 pm ET Updated Nov 06, 2011

The Five Best Artistic Magazines From Past To Present

The popular use of the word “magazine” only came into being in 1731 with the publication of the Gentleman’s Magazine; its editor thought the word’s original meaning, a “military storehouse of varied material” apt. Obviously, things have changed a lot since then; they’ve even changed in the 20 years since Frieze, which I co-edit, came into existence. To read Frieze’s earliest issues is to glimpse a time when contemporary art was cheaper than the old stuff, writers still used pens, and only bankers had mobile phones. But art magazines have always reflected their time. Here are a few of the best: