Editor’s note: The world has gone bananas, and Maurizio Catellan has taped three of them to the Perrotin gallery’s booth at Art Basel Miami Beach priced at $120,000 each – and apparently two of them sold!
There is nothing better than a dose of art to help mend some political blues, and in this issue of Artpaper, as always, we have brought together some highlights from Malta and around the world to do just that. Giulia Privatelli looks back on the life, work and legacy of the ground-breaking Maltese artist Envin Cremona who was born 100 years ago (page 10); Joanna Delia interviews the rising star – researcher, film-maker and artist – Charlie Cauchi about art, love and cruelty at her latest exhibition taking place at Valletta Contemporary (page 14). Nikki Petroni reflects on the impact and legacy of the installation titled Stones, two decades on (page 18); and Maria Eileen Fsadni interviews Raffaella Zammit, who continues her father’s legacy by continuing support for artists and the community and “making contemporary art and creativity as accessible as possible” (page 25); and Lisa Gwen Andrews comments on the developments of, and disputes over, the covered market in Valletta (page 26).
Gabriele Spiller travels to Austria, to be awestruck by Swarovski Crystal Worlds (page 29); Christine Xuereb Seidu discusses the abundance of noteworthy Egyptian contemporary art that has flourished since the 2011 uprising (page 30); Ann Dingli visits Kara Walker’s exhibition at the Tate Modern (page 33); Richard England discusses the Nicolas Poussin’s iconic painting, Et in Arcadia Ego (page 34); Kenneth Zammit Tabona visits the exhibition covering William Blake’s life and development as an archetypal printer, engraver, water-colourist, and lithographer at Tate Britain (page 35); and Alex Bartholomew explores Tim Walker’s Wonderful Things at the Victoria & Albert (page 37).
See you again in the new year!