"Ligeia, dossiers sur l’art : art review
founded in Paris by Giovanni Lista, in April 1988, on a critical
basis of post-modernism. Its title, after the name of the mermaid
praised by Lycophron in the third century B.C., means "the
one who has a clear voice" in Greek. Apart from fashion and
commercial demands ruling artistic life, it intends to revalorize
the parts of the critic and of the art historian by acting in two
ways : on the one hand, promoting an elaborate study of modern and
contemporary art, on the other hand, reviving historical study as
an essential category in critical approach for the artistic field".
("Dictionnary of modern and contemporary art", edited
by Gerard Durozoi, Editions Hazan, Paris, 1992, p. 375).
“Its watchwords could be : Distance and Serenity. A classical-modern
layout, intentionally plain, neither underground nor glamourous,
contents that have nothing to do with galleries since its approach
is thematic. A first section called “News and Discussions”
introduces the main issues of the topic, always handled by a competent
expert who sets up the collaborations. You might think it would
be rather austere, but actually it is handsome, fascinating and
relaxing. Here is a true review that is not a magazine and that
continues, against all the odds, to plead for the ethical responsability
of the artist and the moral rigour of the critic”.
(Valérie Bougault, in “L’Œil”, August
"The review Ligeia is celebrating its twenty-five years of existence. The longevity of this illustrated historical andanalytical review of some three hundred pages, is in itself a small miracle... This is an exploratory practice and, as a matter of fact, teaching, between history and contemporaneity".
(Ann Hindry, Ligeia: 25 years of thinking, in "Art Daily News", No. 399, 14 June 2013, Paris)