It’s ‘like being married to a serial killer’ was Steyerl’s assessment in April of the artworld’s ties to the Sackler family, the major arts philanthropists with links to big pharma and the United States’ opioid epidemic. For all that Steyerl’s work casts a steely eye on the intersection of politics, capital and media – her contribution the Venice Biennale tackled ai – she remains very much in demand. While shows at the Park Avenue Armory in New York and the Art Gallery of Ontario received mixed reviews, this year confirmed Steyerl as the world’s most powerful voice of conscience.
Updated 18 February 2020: This story previously referenced an article published by the Guardian newspaper. Following a legal complaint, the Guardian removed its article of 14 June 2019 and apologised to Mrs Peel. ArtReview is happy to clarify that Yana Peel is not, and was not, personally involved in the operation or decisions of the regulated Novalpina Capital investment fund, which is managed by her husband Stephen Peel, and others. Mrs Peel was not involved in any decision-making relating to the fund’s acquisition of NSO. Mrs Peel only has a small, indirect and passive interest in the fund. She does not own, whether directly or indirectly, any Novalpina Capital entity or any stake in NSO Group.