White Fungus is an art magazine based in Taichung City, Taiwan. Founded by brothers Ron and Mark Hanson in Wellington, in 2004, as a quasi political manifesto, copies of the first issue were produced on a photocopier, wrapped in Christmas paper and hurled anonymously through the entrances of businesses throughout the city.
Now a magazine featuring interviews, writing on art, new music, history and politics, White Fungus takes a dialogical approach to the work it covers. The name of the publication comes from a can of “white fungus” the Hansons found in their local supermarket in the industrial zone of Taichung City. Each cover of White Fungus is derived from a scan of the can.
White Fungus has held interdisciplinary art events at galleries including P.P.O.W (New York), Taipei Contemporary Art Center, ARTSPACE (Auckland) and Adam Art Gallery (Wellington). The publication is held in library collections including The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The New York Public Library (Art & Architecture Collection), Taipei Fine Art Museum, The Southbank Centre (London), Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, National Library of Australia and Te Papa (National Museum of New Zealand).
White Fungus was part of the exhibition Millennium Magazines at Museum of Modern Art (February 20-May 18, 2012). The exhibition was a survey of magazines made by contemporary artists since 2000.
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