Link Arts, Incorporated was founded in 1994 by a group of Baltimore artists, writers, and critics to create Link: A Critical Journal on the Arts in Baltimore and the World , the first regional publication to successfully provide for a sustained, in-depth critical examination and dialogue on cultural topics that are local, national and international in scope.
This issue of Link includes original drawings from Cornel Rubbino, a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, and Shinique Smith; selections from the Library of Congress; and a visual essay on MTV from Tom Smith. Critic Crispin Sartwell examines the blues as a living museum, and the New York Press film critic Armond White turns his eye toward Isaac Julien’s Baltimore, a film that explores the African-American experience through the eyes of legendary director Melvin Van Peebles as he visits the city’s museums (including the singular Great Blacks in Wax).
Additional contributors: David Serlin, Ian Grey, Michael Salcman, Kerr Houston, Michael Mayernick, Stephen Janis, Reginald Harris, Douglas Kahn, Amy Lemmon, Mark Alice Durant, Piotr Gwiazda, Chris Iseli, Dean Smith, Hadieh Shafie, Chryss Yost, Alva Henderson, A. E. Stallings, Clarinda Harriss, Mira Bartók, Linda Dusman, Aaron Fagan, Kenneth Pobo, Rafael Alvarez, David Lehman, Jason Urick
Link No. 9 is accompanied by an audio CD containing eighty minutes of Mobtown’s finest unknown pop music, featuring an eclectic mix from Baltimore club music, to hip-hop, to new folk, to electronica, to tracks that are truly unclassifiable.