Magazine article Art Monthly

Bread and Circuses

Magazine article Art Monthly

Bread and Circuses

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The London 2012 Olympics and the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, are here and - unless you have been enjoying the delights of a Cold War nuclear bunker - you will be aware of the numerous official events. The unofficial events may prove to be as interesting, however, such as the temporary art space that protest group Bread and Circuses, which is aligned to the Occupy movement, has set up in central London. The group has squatted - 'liberated', it says - a five-storey Georgian house at 1-2 Lincoln's Inn Fields in the heart of London's legal district. www.breadandcircuses.org.uk.

Serendipitously, the Guardian reports, the building is owned by Anish Kapoor and has stood empty and derelict since the holding company - of which he is a director - purchased it in 2009. Kapoor, of course, is responsible for the design of the viewing platform at the Olympic site, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, which resembles nothing more than a scrunched-up morphing of the Eiffel Tower and the droopy red logo of ArcelorMittal, the sponsor that provided the steel. (As cartoonist Matt quipped when the Orbit was launched: 'There's never a metal thief around when you need one.') It will be interesting to see whether any of the summer's cultural events - official or unofficial - effect the poignancy of Stan Douglas's commission for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics: Abbott & Cordova, 7 August 1971 is a vast photomural Douglas created for a major new redevelopment in the Gastown area of the city. …

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