Art Absolument Magazine: In our contemporary societies, art never had as much vitality: one can speak of a true sociological phenomenon, probably related to a desire to surpass the individual and collective self - a â€œsymbolic surplusâ€. In France, since 2000, major exhibitions, either about the Old Masters or modernity and those regarding faraway cultures, attract an ever growing audience; new institutions are emerging; foundations are created; collections are built up; writers of talent take again art as principal theme of their fictions; several artists generations, of aesthetic and other genres of art, coming from France or elsewhere, arrive here to exhibit; increasingly many of them enjoy international recognition. After decades of relative quiet, Paris seems to become again a hub of art. However what about "the Work" as such? What are its criteria? Its issues? How to distinguish between the superficial and the profound, the ephemeral and the lasting? How to contribute to art history that keeps evolving? Are there values that transcend boundaries and affiliations, the past and the present? Under which circumstances does a singularity turn to universal - absolute? The review (art absolument) was founded in May 2002 by Pascal Amel, writer, and Teddy Tibi, art amateur and contractor. It discusses "aesthetic shock" felt for cultures artistic heritage, as well as the links between art of the past and todayâ€™s. It also addresses plurality and diversity of French or residing in France artists. Furthermore, artists along with writers and art critics are accorded free speech; curators are invited to express their point of view, as well as collectors putting the work in the heart of their concern. (art absolument) combines culture with values sharing and recognition of the otherâ€™s specificity: an editorial bias off the beaten path.