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KUNST.EE SPRING ISSUE STILL ON SALE: "The fact that the artist is a beggar who essentially pays the state for art – for the opportunity to make art – was articulated very clearly in Estonia in the noughties by female artists in particular." – Eha Komissarov: "The noughties are a very difficult theme to brand.(KUNST.EE 2/2021)

 

London diary

Maria Juur (3-4/2010)

Maria Juur goes west
 
I leave Estonia on 20 August. The university lectures start a month later. I look at a security card with an extraordinarily unfortunate passport photograph and I cannot believe that I am now a master’s student at Goldsmiths College, where the student body once included Malcolm McLaren, Blur, Merike Estna and Maria Arusoo. The tutor for our group is a music critic, theorist and artist Kodwo Eshun, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in the ranks of the Otolith Group. Eshun himself remains modest, but you can see he is becoming a star professor. Connections to the glamorous art world have their role to play in this, because just a few years ago he was rather a cult music critic and professor. I missed the Turner Prize ceremony and the opening of the Frieze Art Fair, but a weekend full of art awaits me just a little bit later, when a good friend, Indrek Kasela, art lover and the businessman who revived Sõprus cinema, arrives in London…
Annika Ström.Ten Embarrased Men (2010) Frieze Foundation for Frieze Projects 2010, foto: Polly Braden < back

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