Sorry, I should have added - I just subscribed to the Art Frieze magazine on ipad....I downloaded the sampler and loved it. I found that a great magazine. Also started buying ArtForum but can't get into it as much...maybe I need to give it more time.
Thanks.....I actually am back in college - I decided to re-enroll. I think the problem is that I'm a photography major and most of the classes revolve around lighting and the more technical aspects. I'd like more fine art oriented classes which they don't seem to offer much of.
Maybe start by watching some episodes of Art21 (actually, watch all of the episodes; it's simply the best series about contemporary art and artists.) Cool Hunting is a favorite place for me to go, especially for their videos. Smithsonian Magazine's Arts and Culture section has some good reads. You should probably be aware of ArtForum and ARTnews, as well as Art in America, which are three of the better-established contemporary arts publications in the U.S., of which I personally like ARTnews the best. Blouin Artinfo is also good for a visit.
I had more, but they've slipped my mind while compiling the links above. Sorry. Maybe if I think of them, I'll come back. At any rate, these are a good jumping-off point for at least getting to know what's happening in the realm of international contemporary art.
since i go to college and my major is art studies, immediately i thought this: i think that taking a college class (or attending a one-time lecture for free/ open to public) would be great for what you're looking for. you have a lecturer/professor who is passionate and knowledgeable about their subject and can go on for a long time about the meanings of the art!