Non-Profit Organizations exist for numerous charities, assisting various groups in society with the financial aid required in pursuing their goals or sustaining a normalized lifestyle. Most exhibitions, galas, and auctions surrounding the growth of charitable financial assistance have been terminated amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. Earnings have dropped substantially, forcing Non-Profit Organizations to create innovative ideas to entice their regular donators.
The Arts Umbrella Institution in British Columbia has followed similar formats to other charities, implementing a silent auction. It was announced on October 12th that the “Splash Art Auction & Gala presented by Nicola Wealth” will execute the silent auction format for public attendance. This venue is typically private & meant for an elite group in Canadian society. However, locals across the nation can acquire historical paintings from iconic arts in Canada from their home. Purchasing these artistic works will also support the educational growth of youth interested in art across Canada.
Gala organizers with the Arts Umbrella Institution have requested local arts with prominent names in their community to create new paintings & donate those charitable artworks. Common artists associated with the “Splash Art Auction and Gala” have returned for the digital iteration of this charitable event. There are sixty-four prominent artists from Canada donating their best artworks from 2020. Stoneware, Photography Prints, Sculptures, and Paintings will be available. Notable arts include:
Tara Lee Bennet
Canadians are known for supporting their local artists similar to the people of Europe. It’s enabled a flourishing artistic community that’s begun dwindling, which came after District School Boards across Canada terminated classes surrounding the arts. It’s been the goal of AUI to provide financial aid to artistic institutions around Canada, enabling the community to continue thriving with future decades.
The Arts Umbrella Institution has assisted thousands of students throughout Canada. Their percentage of free workshops regarding Dance, Theatre, Film, Music, and Art are used at 81% capacity. Parents are requested to make donations but are informed that obligations aren’t necessary. Those interested in purchasing an artistic piece of Canadian history can attend the “Splash Art Auction & Gala” on October 16th, 2020.
Turkey has become a somewhat isolated nation to international & regional communities, with unreasonable hatred towards the Turkish people going throughout the Middle East. The local countries of Turkey & Iran have struggled in political turmoil for decades. However, one famous Turkish photographer wants to change the mindset of his social media followers.
Berke Arakli maintained 42+ thousand followers on his Instagram, with an overwhelming majority located in Turkey. His prominence in the photography community saw Berke create a personal initiative, to photograph locations that’d become disavowed by the Turkish people. Arakli arrived at Iran in Summer 2019 and would visit 27 cities throughout a month & a half. Notable locations that saw thousands to millions of likes included Shiraz, Mashhad, and Isfahan. Berke Arakli has subsequently gained a small following in Iran & is beginning to change their mindset on the Iranian people.
Photographs captured by Berke Arakli were taken in-correlation with Muharram, a religious event held by Iranian Shia Muslims. Special ceremonies are maintained throughout Iran for the initial ten days of the lunar month, which correlates & commemorates Imam Hussein. He’s an infamous character in the Shia Muslim religion, with Imam being a Martyrdom related to the Prophet Muhammad & his seventy-two companies.
Berke Arakli would state that the Muharram Event is magnificent, and spiritually incredibly to witness. He’d evoke that photographers worldwide travel to Iran for the Muharram Event, which often sees multiple captures become viral sensations. Arakli would then correlate the similarities between Turkey’s religious events & Iran’s, that their cultural habits are identical. These statements have been shrouded in controversy since Berke Arakli returned home.
It hasn’t stopped Berke Arakli from stating his love for Iranian Architecture, and that their artistic stylings will continue to impress him through future visits. He’d also evoke to the Turkish people in their criticism that the Iranian people were hospitable & kind, that it was a welcoming environment filled with newfound positivity in the last twelve months. It should be noted that Berke Arakli travelled to multiple countries in his prolonged photography-vacation. This included Georgia, Jordan, and Azerbaijan.
International economies have toppled over themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, with multiple businesses entering bankruptcy. It’s been similarly seen for auctioneer houses selling iconic works of art, with most failing to earn profits throughout Q1 to Q3 in 2020. There’s been a few resilient auctioneer’s that’ve managed to sustain profits, with some obtaining record sales amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Phillips Auction House maintains events throughout Hong Kong, London, and New York City. Their latest event is being hosted in Hong Kong with the Poly Culture Group. London & NYC weren’t selected because an evident shift in auctioned art has occurred throughout the industry, with Asian clientele spending high quantities of cash to obtained rare works. Their bids are regularly greater than American bidders, making Phillips Auction House – Asia Division, PAHs most profitable market space.
Higher Profits, Lowered Attendances
Since the COVID-19 pandemic became an international crisis, the Phillips Auction House has maintained an online component for bidders. This has enabled multi-millionaires throughout Hong Kong, London, and New York City to avoid the coronavirus by bidding from their homes. Phillips Auction House hosted the “Hong Kong Spring Auction from Phillips” in 2020, where Asian bidders broke financial records. The $35,000,000.00 record from a single auction was furthered by an additional $5,000,000.00.
The 2020 Phillips Hong Kong Spring Auction was hosted via the digital format. However, the Summer Auction entered cancellation status in July. Similar fallouts were experienced with competing auctioneers like Sotheby’s. It should be clarified that the Spring Auction for Phillips saw a 60% decrease in attendance. The fact that profits of $40 Million could be earned with occupancy percentages of 40%, it’s astonishing what Phillips Auction House has accomplished during the COVID-19 pandemic. No other auctioneer has sustained increased profits during 2020, with Phillips Auction House anticipating that there winter event in Hong Kong will obtain more generous funds.
Details on the involvement of the Poly Culture Group hasn’t been revealed. It’s anticipated that PCG is locating a viable & secure location that can host an auction in the 4th quarter of 2020. Accomplishing this task throughout Hong Kong won’t be easily accomplished with the Chinese Communist Party overrule.
Experience a digital auction house during the COVID-19 pandemic with SuperRare, an online platform that focuses on mimicking art auctions with museums & galleries worldwide. This service isn’t being offered by a start-up corporation or young student that finished designing his first application. SuperRare is built & operated by well-known arts/collectors, giving prowess behind its artistic offerings.
Those that’ve heard of SuperRare know it’s an online platform that focuses on selling exclusive digital art. Since the COVID-19 pandemic changed how collectors can approach their art collections, SuperRare has become a unique platform. January 2020 saw SuperRare go viral & by March 2020, more than $350,000.00 in sales had been acquired within three months.
Doubling down on those sustainable sales, SuperRare continued to drop & by August 2020 has sustained $2 Million in sales. Their profits from those sales have been minimal at $400,000.00. The remaining $1.6 Million is awarded to the artists, with that information coming director from SuperRare Co-founder & CPO, Jonathon Perkins.
Perkins Describes SuperRare
Chief Product Officer Jonathon Perkins has described SuperRare as the perfect combination of Instagram & Christie’s (An iconic auction house for physical art). Perkins clarified that each artwork displayed is created by a digital artist & minted to ensure it cannot be copied. Having the minted status enables another first for digital paintings, with that being the capability to sell & trade with other online art collections. This means SuperRare works identical to traditional auction houses, which until now, hadn’t ever been fully replicated online.
The way that minting these digital paintings is unique, with SuperRare using the Ethereum Blockchain. Furthermore, cryptocurrencies are the exclusive method in how digital artworks can be sold. This creates a digital trail that can be followed if digital art is stolen, and transparency is also given to buyers for the digital painting’s authenticity. There hasn’t been anything close to this within the online art community & SuperRare is likely to continue revolutionizing how collectors engage with their collections during COVID-19.
It should be noted that purchasing digital art with SuperRare means having the required technology to showcase that online painting. This means owning expensive 4K or 8K Smart Televisions, which is an added cost that most collectors don’t initially consider.
The Manhattan Metronome Clock has been altered for the 1st time in two decade. Located at Union Square in Manhattan, this prominent public arts project took over New York City in 1999. It’s displayed the hours, minutes, and seconds until midnight per day. The Metronome Clock has told the time for millions of New Yorkers & Tourists, making it an iconic landmark for Manhattan.
The 62-Foot-Wide & 15-Digit Electronic Clock has faced an onslaught of conspiracy theories in recent years, a foolish concept that comes from individuals uneducated on the Metronome’s creation. It’s been believed by prominent news sources that digits represent the amount of rainforest destroyed per year or is potentially tracking the global population. Mathematicians have proved multiple times that Metronome’s Clock dates the hours, minutes, and seconds until midnight per day.
However, for the first time in the Metronome Clock’s history, it’s 24-Hour measuring cycle is being altered. Artists Andrew Boyd & Gan Golan have introduced a timeline that represents the irreversible moment when climate change won’t be solvable any longer. There’s been considerable backlash to “The Metronome Clock 20th Anniversary Expo”.
Artists presuming the timeframe that humanity has to solve climate change isn’t accurate information, and a large percentage that witness the yearly measuring timeline, will believe it real. Andrew Boyd & Gan Golan believe that there is little more than seven years available to stop climate change. Reviewing general information would’ve shown these artists that most scientists anticipate that around 2100, the effects of climate change would become reversable. Eight decades is mentally relieving in-comparison to several years.
Gan Golan calls for change
Local news outlets in New York City interviewed Gan Golan, who stated that using the Metronome Clock is their method to shout from the rooftops that something must change. Golan would then make the ignorant statement of “The world is literally counting on us”, with Gan believing that the Climate Metronome Clock will have positive implications on society. This hopeful & egotistical mindset would likely result positive reactions for Golan, with the average New Yorker haven’t noticed the timeline change when asked by reporters.
Few collectives are provided with the opportunity to create permanent digital art installations. It’s a format of art that’s often disregarded for standard museum entries. However, that hasn’t been the case for TeamLab & their Tokyo-established digital art museum named Borderless. After inspiring awe of the beauty in thousands throughout Japan, TeamLab was allowed to create a permanent museum in Tokyo for their Kaleidoscopic-themed art. Over twelve months, their venues would become the most-visited art installation worldwide in 2018.
The popularity behind their digital museums prompted TeamLab to bring their artistic installations to other venues worldwide. This included Oil Tankers in Shanghai and Hot Springs in Japan. TeamLab has multiple exhibitions releasing for 2020/2021. Those are listed down below.
SuperNature in Macao, Macao. (Permanent)
Forest Fukuoka in Kyushu, Japan. (Permanent)
A Forest Where Gods Live in Takeo Hot Springs, Kyushu. (July to November 2020)
Resonating Life in the Acorn Forest at Musashino Woods Park, Saitama. (Permanent)
Life Installation at Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul. (Sept 2020 to March 2021).
TeamLab Arrives in The Netherlands
The Netherlands is TeamLab’s next location for a permanent digital art installation, which is slated to arrive in 2024. It’ll follow the SuperNature Exhibition in Macao that was released this year. Netherlands version will comprise of 3000 Square Metres that maintain vibrant & luminous digital art against a picture-esque forest. There’ll be a notable emphasis on the education of nature behind this installation, working as a museum art exhibition for the Netherlands.
Details regarding specific digital art behind used for the Netherlands TeamLab 2024 Exhibition are limited. This collective is working diligently on five installations seen in Asia, the primary region where TeamLab has become popular. Through the Netherlands, it’s believed that their digital art venues could reach new heights in Europe.
It’s known that TeamLab will explore the notion of spreading & expanding the beauty of nature through their SuperNature Exhibition in the Netherlands. This collective wants to alter the perception of visitors and make them understand that global ecosystems operate in a fragile balance over millennia. Through their digital art, there’ll be an emphasis on how those ecosystems can be destroyed without the conscious growth of humanity.
The international art community has seen a global halt to their exhibitions, with the COVID-19 pandemic evoking multiple changes onto how organizers can host supports without risk of infection. It’s prompted the closure of various fairs & expos throughout 2020, with the most recent being the “Miami Art Basel Fair”. This venue is infamous for maintaining celebrity sightings & glamorous parties that make yearly headlines. However, COVID-19 has infected the state of Florida on extreme levels, with more than +630 thousand contracting the virus. Organizers for the Miami Art Basel Fair couldn’t risk visitors becoming infected with COVID-19.
It’s a notable disappointment for prestigious collectors & socialites that use this event to rally behind new business partnerships. The MABF is one of the few instances where collectors & socialites can engage with celebrity personalities. Guests aren’t exclusively from the United States of America, with a large percentage of visitors arriving for international countries. Travel restrictions seen worldwide would evoke logistical challenges that few have overcome during the pandemic. This left organizer’s little choice but to terminate the 2020 Miami Art Basel Fair, which won’t arrive against until August 1st of next year.
The Art Basel Americas Director released a formal statement on the closure. Noah Horowitz noted that this show is crucial for artists in Miami, their local economy, and the overall community. Noah knows the impact that this closure has but guarantees that MABF Organizers will redesign & enhance the fair for 2021. It should be mentioned that the Miami Art Basel Fair isn’t the exclusive venue under this banner that’s been cancelled.
The Hong Kong & Switzerland exhibitions were also postponed for 2020 and won’t arrive against until 2021. It marks the first time in the Art Basel Organization’s history that all three venues were cancelled. However, participants in these venues will be permitted “Online Viewing Rooms” for the general public in December 2020. It’ll showcase the paintings & sculptures made by artists from Switzerland, America, and Hong Kong.
Miami Coronavirus Infections
Miami-Dade County has maintained one of the most prominent COVID-19 outbreaks in the United States. Hundreds of thousands have been affected, with other cities like Jacksonville & Orlando facing similar difficulties with this virus. Though infection numbers have slowly begun lowering throughout Florida, the P-Rating per 100+ thousand civilians isn’t low enough to justify the MABF Organizers with going through on their exhibition.
August 28th marked the date when a subversive artist “Banksy” stood in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement. An explanation was given by the secretive man, affirming his belief that “All Black Lives Matter”. Banksy also revealed his sponsorship of a “Search & Rescue Operation” for African immigrants that float drifting in the Mediterranean Sea. It comes after the war has stricken multiple shores across the region, with massive oil reserves on the line.
Named the MV Louise Michel, this Search & Rescue Vessel appealed to nations surrounding the European Union for assistance. Appeals requested safe passage into a permitting country and docking within 24 hours. This immediate request follows after an influx of African immigrants has been located in the Mediterranean Sea. Weight distribution has exceeded the ships limit, imposing unsafe conditions in their navigation.
Banksy wasn’t the exclusive party to sponsor the MV Louise Michel, with the Italian Coast Guard sending a ship to remove 49 African immigrants. The most vulnerable were selected & provided safe passage into Italy, where they’ll receive medical treatment after days at sea in unsatisfactory conditions. Selected immigrants that were permitted to leave the MV Louise Michel & board the Italian Coast Guard’s vessel included a Pregnant woman. There were also children, elderly civilians in need of medical assistance, and a dead body that died from malnutrition. After seeing the horrendous conditions, the MC Louise Michel faced, two other rescue operations were permitted.
Humanitarian & Artist
The MV Louise Michel is under the ownership of Banksy, the famous British artist. His explanation video shocked international communities by confirming ownership of MVLM. Banksy expressed that the MV Louise Michel is a former Navy Vessel from France, which was converted into a “Search & Rescue” boat. Banksy employs a crew that traverses the Mediterranean for survivors, which comes after EU Authorities refuse to accept distress calls from Non-European Nations.
Crew members of the MV Louise Michel were questioned on the identity of Banksy. However, nobody who’s met this mystery artist revealed his true identity. Research into the financial documents of MV Louise Michel couldn’t be found online. What was found is updated announcements that several other immigrant families were located in the Central Mediterranean Sea.
The prolonged intelligence of our species has continuously been in-question by researchers, often pondering when humanity transferred from Neanderthal to Homo Sapiens. New evidence regarding that date has been found in South Africa’s Border Cave, an archaeological site that’s uncovered numerous artefacts about humanities history. Located between the KwaZulu-Natal & eSwatini Cliffs, researchers discovered evidence of grass beddings used 200+ thousand years ago. This bedding would’ve been created to increase housing conditions for ancient humans & better sleeping habits.
Researchers identified the ancient grass beddings by using “High Magnification & Chemical Compound Characterisations”. This method was possible after locating silicified grass, meaning that shaved grass was covered by silica in the ancient caves. The material was able to survive multiple millennia’s & epochs from the silicified process. Researchers took the silicified grass back to the Royal Institute of Cultural Heritage, University Cote d’Azur, and Instituto Superior de Estudios Sociales. All three institutions found the same conclusions that ancient humans had layered shaved grass into a bedding fashion. These beds were located towards the back end of the KwaZulu-Natal & eSwatini Cliffs, allowing for layers of ash to protect ancient humanity from being attacked by insects.
The Principal Research & Lead Author of these findings, Professor Lyn Wadley, provided clarification onto their data via research papers. She’d evoke that their research is speculation & cannot be officially confirmed because of deterioration at the caves over 200+ thousand years. The research paper indicated that this bedding worked as insulation, provided another level of repellent for crawling insects. It appears that ancient humanity built their comfort around other species living amongst them, ensuring their protection in dark corners of South Africa’s plains.
Details indicate that foundations of ash were used before shaved grass was layered. Evidence also shows that when grass began decaying, ancient Homo Sapiens would burn the grass & spread the material throughout their cave. This would assist in destroying pests, as it’d limit the food available for them within that cave.
Lyn Wadley noted that this shows 200+ thousand years ago, ancient Homo Sapiens were producing fire willing without any challenges. This fire would work in correlation with ash & medicinal herbs, creating limited health benefits in the ancient world. This new research sheds light into humanity used to live.
The city of Chicago is iconic in American history and culture and is often seen in the news for various reasons, including its historic crime rates. After removing several Christopher Columbus statues temporarily from its public parks, the mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot released a plan that outlines a plan to review the fate of many of the cities more controversial public art monuments.
The initiative is being called “a racial healing and historical reckoning project” and is designed to access the monuments, memorials, and art located within the city said Lightfoot on Wednesday. In her statement, Lightfoot said: “The project will grapple with the often unacknowledged—or forgotten—history associated with the city’s various municipal art collections, and will provide a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history.”
Other cities across America are putting similar measures in place as calls for racial justice continue after the killing of several black Americans by various police forces. Last month, officials in San Francisco started reviewing monuments and statues relating to figures. Likewise, the mayor of New York, Bill Blasio announced the city was creating a new commission for Racial Justice and Reconciliation. Its mandate is to look at the monuments that populate city owned properties.
Chicago Advisory Committee to Prioritize Artworks
The advisory committee in Chicago is tasked with reviewing the various works of art that could be deemed problematic. A representative from the mayor office stated that the city will release details on the advisory committee’s finding before the end of August.
The committee is being co-chairs by Mark Kelly, Bonnie McDonald and Jennifer Scott. McDonald is the CEO and president of Landmarks Illinois, while Scott is the chief curator and director for the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. In addition to those selected to chair the committee, it will include select elected officials as well as historians and artists from Chicago.
The committee has been given four principal objectives. The first is to catalogue all public art and monuments located throughout the city, while the second is to determine through an advisory committee which requires action. The third mandate relates to making recommendations towards any new or replacement pieces that may be commissioned, while the fourth is to provide a platform that will allow the people of Chicago to speak about the cities history.