The year 2020 is not how any of us imagined. Covid-19 is now indelibly imprinted on the lingua franca of this emerging decade. The last two decades, as observed by director of Tate Modern Frances Morris in a podcast by The Art Newspaper, have been “so incredibly intense. We were due for a pause.” Tate declared a climate emergency in July 2019, and its Power to Change citizen-style art assemblies are on the longlist of cultural casualties in our Covid-19-altered reality.

In the glare of enforced reflection, the radical globalisation of the multibillion-pound art industry – art fairs, bienniales ...


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