Market collapse, toilet paper hoarding, skyrocketing unemployment, unpaid rents, and an improvised work-from-home culture: this is the new face of free market capitalism across much of the developed world in Spring 2020. Even before the havoc of COVID-19, the global 21st-century economy was marred by trade wars, housing shortages, burgeoning personal debt, exploitative outsourcing, and increasingly stratified wealth. What does art have to say about our careening global economy? In abandoned bank buildings, failed urban development projects, and public squares, we discover artists and their communities in the U.S., Western Europe, South America, and Greece taking on the challenge—as whistleblowers, catalysts, educators, money makers, evangelicals, and documentarians.
In this Fresh Art International Research Guide, we delve into “The Art of Capitalism,” a 60-minute segment originally released in 2018. The podcast episode brings together the perspectives of artists, curators, and creatives from around the globe. The guide expands on a multifaceted conversation with hyperlinks to information about people, places, events, and art concepts, as well as bios of artists and institutions, a supplementary reading list, discussion questions, and activities to more deeply engage with the content
Editor: Sarah Rovang
Designers: Julia Rudo, Mary Robnett, Freya Schlemmer
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Link to Original Episode: The Art of Capitalism
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