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BILLIONAIRE 06 - Earth Issue

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in this issue

1 min
a word from the ceo

Having previously said the only thing we really have to spend is time, I must now add ‘and the only place we really have to spend it is on Earth’. Both soil and our planet are called Earth. It’s the micro and macro of the place we call home. We worry about what happens on our street, in our neighbourhood and in our city, principally because of our immediate security and because of the impact it might have on our greatest investments, our property, our homes. Yet we seem far less truly concerned with what is happening to our soil, the earth upon which we walk and from where our food grows. We appear to forget there is only one earth in the same way there is only one Earth. And our…

2 min
editor’s note

Mankind’s impact on the planet is now so profound, that scientists say we have created a new geological era: the Anthropocene epoch. The first few decades of the Anthropocene have brought radioactivity, plastic pollution, industrial soot and billions of chicken bones to Planet Earth. But it doesn't have to be a lasting legacy. A cheering study in the journal Science found that for the first time the ozone layer is healing — thanks in part to man’s phasing out of destructive chemicals over the last thirty years. It is one of the first great environmental success stories of our time as it proves we can protect the Earth and reverse our destructive habits. In this issue of Billionaire we consider our planet — but instead of focusing on its problems, we…

1 min
land art

Our understanding of art — be it contemporary, ancient or performance — is dictated by the surroundings in which it is presented. It is easy to forget that the plain-white walls of the modern gallery space, although attempting a neutrality of presentation, can actually contribute to an abstraction or even alienation of what we are looking at. We’re discouraged from touching, keeping a safe distance. The Land Art movement that emerged in 1960s New York sought to reject the controlled gallery space and the notion of art available for purchase through a market, instead working directly with natural materials. Most famously, Robert Smithson created Spiral Jetty in 1970: a monumental coil of mud, salt crystals and basalt rocks off the shore of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, still actually visible…

4 min
not just an english country garden

The CASS Sculpture Foundation was established in 1992 by British philanthropist Wilfred Cass (aged 92) and his wife Jeannette (90) as a charitable body committed to fostering new talent. Set within 26 acres of West Sussex countryside, the foundation put modern British sculpture on the art world map. While walking through the old oaks and pine trees you will spot iconic pieces by the mainstays of the British sculpting world, from Tony Cragg to Rachel Whiteread, Phillip King to Anthony Caro. Art collecting runs in the Cass blood. Wilfred’s great uncles Paul and Bruno Cassirer were pivotal figures in the early 20th century art world. Their gallery was largely responsible for bringing French Impressionism to Germany — Degas, Monet and Cezanne were just a few of the artists whose work they…

4 min
true colours

In terms of physical colour we live in a hyper-sophisticated age; synthetic, controllable colours in any hue imaginable are easily available in every form desired, from printing ink to humble household paint. Yet synthetic colours are a relatively recent phenomenon, ubiquitous due to ease of production and malleability, with the first, Prussian blue, being discovered by accident in 1704. Naturally occurring pigments (used for millennia as far back as Neolithic civilisations where yellow ochre is in evidence) each have their own characteristics and properties, not least the varying expense or difficulty in obtaining them. It is surprising then to think that for many centuries of art history, in order to create the paintings we know and love, a painter’s job was one akin to alchemy, or even cooking, to wrest…

4 min
watch this space

The latest international gallery to hit Los Angeles, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, has got the city and the art world buzzing. Spilling across a four-block stretch, the venture occupies a collection of turn-of-the-century industrial buildings that include a decommissioned flour mill and former bank in the gritty, surging downtown Arts District. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel has become a go-to cultural destination, attracting thousands of visitors every week. “What’s exciting is this is an experimental project,” says Graham Steele, the gallery’s senior director. “The scale is industrial but the feeling is human. It’s a dynamic space that offers the flexibility to do museum-scale retrospectives or four different shows at one time.” The serenity and vastness provides the backdrop for the rough-hewn wood, metal and wire sculptures for its debut all-women show currently on…