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The Met to Pay Staff Through May

March 31st, 2020

The Met will pay all employees through May, as coronavirus closures continue, the New York Times reports. “Our highest priority remains to support our staff as best we can in helping to keep everyone safe and as financially secure as possible,” says president and CEO Daniel Weiss. “We realize that this announcement of a four-week extension of full salary support does not provide enduring comfort, but at the moment it is the best we can do in a rapidly evolving situation.”
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Hans Ulrich Obrist Calls for WPA-Style Arts Program to Help Economy

March 30th, 2020

Hans Ulrich Obrist has called for a massive public arts program to help jumpstart the arts economy again after the impact of coronavirus, likening the idea to the Great Depression’s WPA.  “With the WPA, they went out into the community: artists got salaries and were able to research and create work during the New Deal era. It gave many people their first real jobs and commissions,” he says.
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David Zwirner Invites Smaller Galleries to Show in Digital Exhibition Rooms

March 30th, 2020

David Zwirner is welcoming a group of 12 small galleries to exhibit in his gallery’s digital viewing rooms, NYT reports. “We are grateful for any and all acts of solidarity in these incredibly difficulty times,” says Oliver Newton of 47 Canal, one of the galleries invited.
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UCLA Hammer Lays Off Part-Time Students

March 26th, 2020

The UCLA Hammer Museum has laid off 150 part-time student employees, in what looks like the first major art world layoffs caused by coronavirus. “We hope that many of our part-time students will return to the Hammer later this summer,” a museum representative said.
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Art Basel Postponed

March 26th, 2020

Art Basel has postponed its June edition, rescheduling it for September. “Art Basel will continue to invest in and enhance its new digital platform – the Online Viewing Rooms – as a way to support galleries and strengthen the art community in these challenging times,” the organization said in a statement. 
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Billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach Says He Received Panic Offers for Works Over Coronavirus

March 24th, 2020

Billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach claims that he has received “panic offers” for works by artists including Monet and Renoir this week at majorly discounted prices.  “This is a difficult time,” he says. “It makes sense for people who want liquidity” to turn to their art collections.
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Fourth Plinth Sculpture Unveiled Delayed

March 23rd, 2020

The unveiling of the next Fourth Plinth sculpture in London has been postponed over coronavirus fears. “We will support all the individuals and businesses involved in the commissioning, planning and operation of this installation during these challenging times,” says London’s Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons.
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Yale MFA Students Demand Partial Refund

March 23rd, 2020

Students in the Yale MFA program are demanding a partial refund of their tuition over the class cancellations due to coronavirus. “We are deeply troubled by the far-reaching repercussions of this event, which has tangible and unfathomable implications for our physical and mental health, financial security, professional careers, housing, and immigration status,” the students wrote in an open letter. “Moreover, it has severely curtailed the viability of the unrivaled visual arts education that SoA claims to provide. In light of these circumstances, we believe that financial reimbursement must play a part in the university’s forthcoming actions.”
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With Renovations of Notre Dame Halted, Thieves Attempt a Break-In

March 23rd, 2020

With renovations at Notre Dame halted over coronavirus, thieves have broken into the cathedral, Art News reports.  Two men were taken into custody after being spotted by guards.
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More Closures Come as Coronavirus Pandemic Continues

March 18th, 2020

Another string of closures has marked a bleak few days for the art world, as Frieze New York cancels its 2020 edition in the city, and François Pinault’s ambitious new museum inside Paris’s Bourse de Commerce postponed its opening until September.  
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A Message of Support from Art Observed

March 30th, 2020

Art Observed would like to send out a message of support and encouragement to all affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Art Observed will be changing in reaction to a world that is itself in a state of change.

Restricted ability to physically engage with art work does not prevent us from the experience of viewing and thinking about art as well as connecting with each other in the process.

Art Observed will continue to transmit information on shows and the news surrounding them, but in new ways.

Art Observed will look to continue to support those in the art world whom we covered before, as well new participants whom we can connect with meaningfully through a digital format.

We also hope to continue to develop a passionate following of those interested in new phases and frontiers for art.

We invite all to collaborate with Art Observed as we look to adapt, restructure and continue our role to promote and support the art world.

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New York – Gerhard Richter “Painting After All” at the Met Breuer Through July 5th, 2020

March 29th, 2020

Gerhard Richter, Painting After All (Installation View), via Art Observed
Gerhard Richter, Painting After All (Installation View), via Art Observed

Editors Note: Art Observed was on site for the opening of the exhibition and photographed this show before the closings related to COVID-19.   

The Met Breuer is closing its doors this summer, following a fittingly ambitious final exhibition, a sprawling review of the work of Gerhard Richter, marking the first major exhibition in the United States on the work of the German artist in nearly twenty years.   Read More »

RIP – Paul Kasmin, New York Gallerist, at the Age of 60

March 23rd, 2020

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Paul Kasmin, via Kasmin Gallery

Dealer Paul Kasmin, who was a formative voice in the development of the Chelsea gallery scene over the last 20 years has passed away at the age of 60.  Read More »

New York – Trevor Shimizu: “Landscapes” at 47 Canal Through March 22nd, 2020

March 19th, 2020

Trevor Shimizu, Landscapes (Installation View), via 47 Canal
Trevor Shimizu, Landscapes (Installation View), via 47 Canal

In 1998, the Museum of Modern Art opened an ambitious and expansive exhibition of the work of Pierre Bonnard.  Among those winding through the galleries of the show was Trevor Shimizu, who left the museum ultimately disillusioned by the possibilities of painting in the modern age, and convinced that he should abandon the format.  The artist would turn, as a result, to video and performance art as a result, exploring approaches driven in part by his disappointment in the possibility of painting.  Read More »

New York – Leidy Churchman: “Earth Bound” at Matthew Marks Through April 18th, 2020

March 18th, 2020

Leidy Churchman, Kishkindha Forest (Jodhpur) (2020), via Matthew Marks
Leidy Churchman, Kishkindha Forest (Jodhpur) (2020), via Matthew Marks

Currently on view at Matthew Marks in New York, painter Leidy Churchmann presents a wide-ranging selection of canvases exploring the artist’s ever-evolving sensibility and eye, exploring the landscape of modernity at a range of scales and points of inquiry.  Titled Earth Bound, the show is a nuanced and intriguing exploration of the world, treating its residents and phenomena as a stream of images, and exploring the effects of their simultaneous presentation within the gallery. Read More »

Paris – Jordan Wolfson: “ARTISTS FRIENDS RACISTS” at David Zwirner Through

March 17th, 2020

Jordan Wolfson, ARTISTS FRIENDS RACISTS (Installation View), via David Zwirner
Jordan Wolfson, ARTISTS FRIENDS RACISTS (Installation View), via David Zwirner

Twenty holographic videos and nostalgic photographs printed on brass comprise artist Jordan Wolfson’s latest, unsettling work entitled ARTISTS FRIENDS RACISTS, currently on view at David Zwirner in Paris. Utilizing a range of autobiographical and cultural iconographies, the artist explores the convergent power of images and language in the framing of any cultural epoch. Read More »

New York – Liam Gillick: “Redaction” at Casey Kaplan Through April 18th, 2020

March 16th, 2020

Liam Gillick, Redaction (Installation View), via Casey Kaplan
Liam Gillick, Redaction (Installation View), via Casey Kaplan

Taking over Casey Kaplan’s midtown exhibition space with a selection of works outlining his incisive and intricate exploration of labor, modes of legibility and the conscription of a body politic, artist Liam Gillick reflects on the various stages and of his career. Unifying a selection of key texts, abstract structures and installations, spanning the early 90s to the late 2000s, and will coincide with the gallery’s 25th anniversary. Read More »

Los Angeles – “New Images of Man” at Blum & Poe Through March 14th, 202

March 13th, 2020

New Images of Man (Installation View), via Blum & Poe
New Images of Man (Installation View), via Blum & Poe

In 1959, MoMA launched the exhibition New Images of Man, a show that combined a disparate and imaginative body of works that brought together a group of artists grappling with the human condition and with new modes of representation in painting and sculpture in the wake of the Second World War.  Returning to this subject matter for a new show exploring both the original exhibition and its echoes through culture in the following sixty years, Blum & Poe Los Angeles has mounted a new take, part homage, part radical revision, that spans two floors in the gallery and reconstitutes emblematic figures from the original MoMA line up of artists alongside artists from this era and beyond to re-examine its motivations and impact. Read More »

New York – Michael Williams: “Opening” at Gladstone Through April 25th, 2020

March 12th, 2020

Michael Willams, Curb Your Enthusiasm (2020), via Gladstone
Michael Willams, Curb Your Enthusiasm (2020), via Gladstone

Comprising a new body of works that continues his approach towards brightly colored and texturally rich compositions, artist Michael Williams returns to Gladstone Gallery this month.  The artist, whose work often explores narrow corners and specific emotions drawn from the experience of the world, exhibits a selection of works that continue and expand his vocabulary. Read More »

New York – Michael E. Smith at Andrew Kreps Through March 28th, 2020

March 11th, 2020

Michael E. Smith (Installation View)
Michael E. Smith (Installation View)

Currently at Andrew Kreps Gallery, a line of floor-fans run in a single file through the doorway of the main gallery space, emitting a slight whine that makes the presentation of the work all the more illusive.  Unable to tell if the fans are on or if there is some other element emitting the sound, the arrangement conjures a strange sense of animated material, a sort of life outside the human body that makes the viewer question just what they are viewing.  So goes the work of artist Michael E. Smith, whose arrangements frequently mine this sort of uncertainty from the familiar objects of the world around us. Read More »