Welcome to the Art Angle, a podcast from Artnet News that delves into the places where the art world meets the real world, bringing each week’s biggest story down to earth. Join host Andrew Goldstein every week for an in-depth look at what matters most in museums, the art market, and much more with input from our own writers and editors as well as artists, curators, and other top experts in the field.
Ai Weiwei is not shy about tackling the big issues. Despite winning international acclaim for his interdisciplinary, boundary-pushing art, the Chinese-born artist is better known in some circles for his activism—though in his estimation, the two are inextricably linked. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak varying degrees of havoc around the globe, Ai has increasingly turned his attention toward how the illness is exposing the failures of governments and aggravating the geopolitical fault lines between world powers.
Although China, where the outbreak began in December 2019, seems to have contained the virus sufficiently to begin easing its way back to some kind of normalcy, serious questions remain about how transparent Xi Jinping’s regime has been about the disease. After being detained, beaten, and surveilled by party officials in 2011 in response to his investigative work, Ai knows better than most how the tentacles of China’s authoritarian government can accost citizens willing to criticize the state. He believes that here, too, the bureaucracy’s unwillingness to admit its own errors has created disastrous consequences for others—this time, the world over. But he also believes that leading Western nations, especially the United States, bear some of the blame for being too accommodating of China for too long, all in pursuit of profit.
This week on the podcast, Ai Weiwei calls in from Cambridge, UK, where he is safely ensconced with his son and girlfriend, to discuss the pandemic, its effects on global politics, and how artists can contribute to a world in turmoil.
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Octopus art crawls into Colwood neighbourhood – Peninsula News Review
What has eight legs, a rounded body and can be spotted along Metchosin Road in Colwood?
Draped around a utility pole across from Happy Campers Daycare is an intricately knitted octopus. The aquatic animal has shades of pink, red and purple on a grey canvas that wraps around the pole.
Black Press Media spoke with several neighbours about the creative piece of art and while most didn’t know who created it in the first place, a few noted they have seen previous iterations of artwork on the exact same pole. Notably, there have been poppies around Remembrance Day and spring flowers in March.
— Cathy (@DustypupVI) November 11, 2019
First day of spring y’all and look what I found in Colwood! pic.twitter.com/K5yVM1FeZS
— Cathy (@DustypupVI) March 19, 2020
While she chose not to do an interview with Black Press Media, Colwood’s Cecelia Penner, whose social media describes her as a wedding officiant for couples throughout Southern Vancouver Island has identified herself as the mystery artist. She posted a story to her Instagram page, thanking a local photographer for featuring her work.
Drivers can find the piece of artwork across the road from Amylee Lane, before they make their way down the hill towards Royal Bay from Colwood.
James Murdoch's Firm to Invest in Ailing Art Basel Organizer – BNN
(Bloomberg) — James Murdoch plans to invest in ailing Art Basel organizer MCH Group, which has been hammered by delays and cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
His investment company Lupa Systems will acquire a stake of 30% to 44%, Basel-based MCH Group said in a statement Friday. The company also plans to add Murdoch to the board of directors.
MCH Group has been battered by the coronavirus outbreak, which led to some of its biggest events being called off. The Art Basel show, slated for September, was canceled, and big-name brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe deserted its watch exhibition Baselworld, leading to the scrapping of the show. Sales will slump by as much as 170 million francs ($180 million) this year.
Lupa Systems is a technology and media fund founded by the younger son of billionaire Rupert Murdoch. It has acquired stakes in Vice Media and the Void, which focuses on virtual-reality entertainment. James Murdoch also got into business with Robert DeNiro to help the owner of the Tribeca Film Festival expand.
MCH Group will propose a 104.5 million-franc capital increase and a restructuring of its debt capital at an extraordinary general meeting on Aug. 3, which is when shareholders will vote on Lupa Systems’ entry as a new shareholder with a lock-up period of five years.
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Sooke Fine Art Show gears up for July 24 launch – Saanich News
One of Sooke’s most relished events is just a few brush strokes away.
The Sooke Fine Art Show is gearing up to showcase a wide selection of local art, but this year the show takes place virtually. Artist submissions are in, and organizers are ready to launch the new website for the show.
Terrie Moore, executive director of the Sooke Fine Arts Society, said organizers worked hard to reflect the same feel of the in-person art show as much as possible.
“It’s been a 180-degree switch from previous years, and getting as many aspects of the live show up online has been a huge learning curve. Overall it’s been a really rewarding process,” Moore said.
This year, people can visit the show online anytime from July 24 to Aug. 3, although Moore added it might be possible to buy art from the website until the end of September. There is no fee to view the galleries.
A wide range of categories is featured in the show, including more than 375 juried works of paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, fibre arts, jewelry, glass, and ceramics in a virtual format.
Despite the pandemic and the changes to this year’s format, the show had 87 per cent of its usual amount of submissions.
There will also be interactive elements included in the virtual show, such as artist demos, virtual performances, a youth art gallery, an online auction, senior’s tea, Artz4Kiz, and more.
“The nice thing about our online show is providing access to people who may not have been able to visit the show otherwise,” Moore said.
“We’ll miss the excitement and camaraderie of working together on the physical show, but our priority is the well-being of our volunteers, artists, and our guests with respect to COVID-19 concerns. And while we’re excited about the opportunities this year’s online show presents, we are looking forward to returning to a physical show next year for our 35th anniversary.”
This year’s Purchasers Preview night will be held on July 23, where art lovers can get the first look at this year’s show. Local chef Pat Hogan of 4 Beaches Catering, has created a special appetizer box that people can purchase and enjoy while they “attend” the event at home.
Moore said this year’s show inspired a lot of connections between local businesses, organizers, artists, and community members, who all were willing to help out and make the event possible.
For more information, to donate or to sponsor the event, please go online to sookefinearts.com.
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