You don’t need to be the editor of an art magazine to have an opinion on contemporary art. Aesthetics are highly personal and subjective. Thus, your opinion matters just as much as that of someone who writes for a contemporary art magazine. Of course, if you want to learn more about contemporary art, an art magazine can be an excellent resource. There are numerous art magazines available for your perusal. Stop into any large book store and there will be at least several contemporary art magazines for you to read.
The contemporary art world is highly diverse. Certainly, traditional mediums such as painting and sculpture make up a great deal of contemporary art, but increasingly the contemporary art world relies on new media and performance art to explore age old themes and philosophical concerns. Contemporary art exhibits often feature several different mediums, and many contemporary art installations are interactive, blurring the line between artist and audience.
If you learn enough about art on your own, eventually you may want to start your own contemporary arts magazine. This is less difficult than it sounds due to the advent of online journalism which makes magazine publishing significantly less costly. If you have friends who are interested in art, they may want to submit articles to your online magazine for free. That way they can get some solid writing experience to brag about on their resumes. Your online art magazine can bring in revenue by selling advertising space on the art magazine website.
You can turn your interest in contemporary art into a burgeoning career if you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a passionate desire to communicate your vision to others. Because contemporary art is so wide ranging in its thematic explorations and technicalities, there is no doubt that you will be able to find your niche in the world of art criticism.