A visitor poses for photographs at the eco-art exhibition Anima Mundi: Soul of the World in Bangkok, Thailand, by Indonesian artist Mulyana, August 2019. Specialising in fabulous seascapes, Mulyana uses discarded metal, fabrics and materials such as rubber and plastic in his work to raise awareness of the environment.
Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images
The White Review, British Magazine with a Loyal Art World Following, Goes on Indefinite Hiatus
The White Review, a beloved British arts magazine that regularly featured interviews with and essays about artists, will temporarily cease day-to-day operations after failing to receive government funding that it had gotten in years past.
In a newsletter, the White Review’s board said that the hiatus would last “for an indefinite period.” The magazine has not published a print magazine since June of last year.
While the White Review printed fiction, essays on literature, and poetry, it was also well-known in the art world for featuring artists and curators regularly. The June 2022 issue featured artwork by Monira Al-Qadiri and an interview with Bani Abidi by art critic Skye Arundhati Thomas, who runs the White Review with Rosanna Mclaughlin and Izabella Scott.
The decision to go on an indefinite hiatus came amid several failed attempts to gain funding from the Arts Council England, which had supported the White Review during its first decade.
“The White Review is a registered charity and relied on Arts Council England funding for a substantial portion of its annual budget between 2011-2021,” the newsletter said. “The organization has not been granted funding in three successive applications in the years since. Despite our best efforts, the associated effects of the cost of living crisis and the increase in production costs, in tandem with reduced funding, has meant that The White Review has not been able to publish a print issue since No. 33 in June 2022.”
Last year, many in the UK reacted with shock as the budget for the Arts Council England was slashed. The move resulted in many organizations losing out on sizable amounts of funding during the 2023–26 period.
Nadine Dorries, a Conservative MP who was appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport by Boris Johnson in 2021, only to resign the year after once Liz Truss took the helm, said the Arts Council England’s budget was cut in an attempt to move more funding beyond London. But many artists, actors, and creatives responded that the move merely aided in propping up right-wing political agendas and hurting the arts sector. This July, the Art Newspaper reported that the budget cuts had initiated a “crisis” in England, with journalists Anny Shaw and Hanna McGivern writing, “The visual arts sector in England is struggling to survive.”
As a result of the budget cuts, museums like the Serpentine Galleries, the Institute of Contemporary Arts London, and the Camden Art Centre lost hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding.
It was not clear what would happen to the White Review after the hiatus. “The board of trustees is now embarking on a period of consultation on the magazine’s future, with a further announcement to follow,” the newsletter said.
The Last of Us: Outbreak Day 10th Anniversary Art Revealed
Despite not having a game out this year, 2023 is an important year for Naughty Dog. HBO’s TV adaptation of its hit zombie horror franchise The Last of Us premiered and landed with such resounding success that it was clear a second season was coming before the official green light was given. And if that weren’t significant enough, the first game’s initial release on the PlayStation 3 occurred 10 years ago this past June.
Tomorrow, September 26 is also the 10-year anniversary of “Outbreak Day”—the day when everything went to hell in the first game, and the Cordyceps brain infection hit critical mass. In previous years, Naughty Dog’s celebrated the occasion with artwork of Joel and Ellie from the original game, and that’s happening again with a collaboration between Gallery Nucleus and Plush Art Club. The officially licensed artwork is going on sale tomorrow and io9 can exclusively reveal the art pieces that you’ll be able to buy.
The first features Joel and Ellie standing back-to-back and comes from artist Gharliera. A regular version of the art, which you can see below, will run you $60, while the more costly $85 version is a holofoil “Cordyceps” variant, which notably features the fungus vines prominently seen in the HBO show.
Meanwhile, the second artwork shows Joel and Ellie riding a horse through the post-apocalypse, and comes from illustrator Ilya Kuvshinov, who also directed the “Let You Down” video for Netflix’s Cyberpunk Edgerunners. Like with Gharliera, the Kuvshinov art comes in two versions: the initial colored version costs $65, while the “Firefly” variant (named after the revolutionary militia group prominently featured in both games) will be $75. The pieces from both artists will have limited individual stocks of 85 to 200 prints, depending on the version, and all have dimensions of 18″x 24″.
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