#66 Winter 2020/21
Here’s what we wanted: a deep, personal, painful appraisal of the art world as we know it. Some of us hate it, some love it, and many depend on its continued survival. When we posed this to our writers, they threw the kitchen sink at us: folklore, failure, fantasy, and wait for it ... God! The results are a mix of inappropriate humour, debauchery, and weirdness – an oblique portrait of Spike, as we figured out after a few sessions on the couch. This funhouse mirror stage was no doubt frightening to see. It’s the Therapy Issue. And we’re still blaming our parents.
Contributions by Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Qu Chang, Liam Gillick, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Iman Issa, Sean Monahan, Victoria Campbell, Ingrid Luquet-Gad, Jeppe Ugelvig, Jaime Chu, Bianca Heuser, Nicolette Polek, Adina Glickstein, Artur Klinau, and many more.
The endless circuit of global fairs, exhibitions, and biennials once kept the art world perpetually in motion, but Corona has put a stop to all of this, blocking the easy paths to jetsetting. Is that necessarily a bad thing? Or can we find solace and community in our own backyards, with only glimpses of goings-on abroad from our overly Zoom’ed sofas? By JEPPE UGELVIG