02 NOV 18 Culture Digest

Weekend Reading List: As Brazil’s Far-Right Takes Power with Bolsonaro, What Should the Art World Do?

The importance of art classes; Egon Schiele’s legacy and Hito Steyerl’s favourite films: what to read this weekend

02 NOV 18 in Culture Digest

Jair Bolsonaro, 2018. Courtesy: AFP/Getty Images; photograph: Carl De Souza

  • The victory of the far right’s Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential elections dominated headlines worldwide this week. We look back at a 2017 feature, in which we asked artists, writers and curators to respond to censorship and an emboldened extreme right in the country. And Fernanda Brenner writes for us on what Bolsonaro’s win means for Brazil’s cultural institutions.
  • The marginalization of arts subjects in UK schools is also having a damaging impact on science and medicine, we reported this week. Earlier this year, London-based arts and textiles teacher Andria Zafirakou, who was recently the recipient of the 2018 Global Teacher Prize, spoke to frieze about the crisis in arts education. We also revisit our survey from June in which leading artists discuss the dangers of marginalizing the arts in schools.
  • This week marked 100 years since the death of Austrian painter Egon Schiele. We look back to Max L. Feldman’s piece on Schiele’s work, placing the turn-of-the-century painter in the more recent context of Vienna Actionism. 
  • The Italian contemporary art fair Artissima continues this weekend in Turin. Shows opened across the city, including Hito Steyerl’s solo exhibition at Castello di Rivoli. Here’s the German artist’s ‘Life in Film’, in which Steyerl discusses the movies that have influenced her practice. Elsewhere in the city, Petrit Halilaj’s show opened at Fondazione Merz: here’s Pablo Larios’s feature on the artist, from 2013.