Contemporary Lynx Issue 1 (15)2021
Nowadays when a pandemic is reigning in the world, we are daily at the centre of news about the economy and the financial crisis, the need for special measures, aid and social benefits to provide security. However, all of these terms have been constant elements of the cultural sphere for many decades, regardless of country, government or public awareness. There is no cure for this type of disease. Strange, given all the reports about creative industries as the driving force behind global innovation. For this reason, we have decided to dedicate this issue of Contemporary Lynx Magazine to the economy of the art world.
In the magazine, you will find stories that matter and will stay with you for a long time. You will have the opportunity to read a conversation with the art market economist Magnus Resch, which explains if buying art is a wise financial decision during times of crisis. We also invite you to look into the exquisite, well-considered art collections of Castello di Ama and Ettore Molinario. For interested in establishing or working at a gallery, we have prepared an interview with Massimo De Carlo, the founder of a mega gallery bearing his name.
In the section ‘Artists’ you can go deeper into an overview of Magdalena Abakanowicz‘s artistic practice, check out the series by Stanislav Břiza, Czech photographer, depicting gentrification at Hackney Wick, London. You will also take a look at the studio of Mateusz Choróbski, whose work often reaches the poverty line in Poland, and get a closer look at the artistic practice of Simon Denny, who explores the world of new technologies, Bitcoin and the economy.
In the sections ‘ECONOMY / The Changing Face of the Art Worlds’ and ‘Collecting’, you will have the opportunity to read essays on the state of the art and auction markets. The work and figure of Nedko Solakov, who designed our cover, is the beginning and end of this issue. You will find an interview with this Bulgarian artist, who combines traditional forms of expression with conceptual practices, dark humour, keen understanding and commentary on the surrounding reality.