Contemporary art

It's not the end of the world (says Pistoletto)

As people start to go into a collective meltdown over the possible end of the world this Friday (well, according to the Mayans), the Arte Povera titan Michelangelo Pistoletto instead sees the impending apocalypse as an opportunity to start afresh. "Pistoletto does not interpret this as an end, but rather as the beginning of a new phase, the start of a more utopian society he calls the Third Paradise," says a press statement from Luhring Augustine in New York. The gallery is helping out by asking conscientious citizens to donate art supplies for children (colouring books, crayons and glue gratefully received). For the Third Paradise to succeed, "it is essential that children engage with art and embrace it as a means of creative expression, exchange and dialogue," the gallery adds. Donations will be accepted from 17 December to 20 December at the gallery's Chelsea and Bushwick locations. Complimentary catalogues will be handed out to those who contribute.

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