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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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Georg Baselitz

Georg Baselitz via www.telegraph.co.uk/arts

[image via www.telegraph.co.uk/arts]

Georg Baselitz (born January 23, 1938) is a German painter who studied in the former East Germany, before moving to what was then the country of West Germany. Baselitz’s style is interpreted by the Northern America as Neo-Expressionist, but from a European perspective, it is more seen as postmodern. His career was kick-started in the 1960s after police action against one of his paintings, (Die große Nacht im Eimer), because of its provocative, offending sexual nature. Baselitz is one of the world’s best-selling living artists. He is a professor at the renowned Hochschule der Künste in Berlin.

[Bio via Wikipedia Entry]

A Modern Painter 1966 Oil on canvas via www.berlinischegalerie.de

A Modern Painter- 1966 Oil on canvas

[image via www.berlinischegalerie.de]

Oberon (Remix)- 2005 oil on canvas via www.channel4.com/news

Oberon (Remix)- 2005 oil on canvas

[image via www.channel4.com/news]

In the 1970s, Baselitz was part of a group of Neo-Expressionist German artists, occasionally identified as “Neue Wilden,” focusing on deformation, the power of subject and the vibrancy of the colors. He became famous for his upside-down images, he is seen as a revolutionary painter as he draws the viewer’s attention to his works by making them think and sparking their interest. The subjects of the paintings don’t seem to be as significant as the work’s visual insight. Through out his career, Baselitz has varied his style, ranging from layering substances to his style, since the 1990s, which focuses more on lucidity and smooth changes.

Georg Baselitz photographed by Lothar Wolleh, Mülheim, 1971 via www.ecopolis.org

Georg Baselitz photographed by Lothar Wolleh,

Mülheim, 1971 [image via www.ecopolis.org]

Georg Baselitz: Lenin on the Tribune, 1999, oil on canvas via www.deichtorhallen.de

Georg Baselitz: Lenin on the Tribune-

1999, oil on canvas [image via www.deichtorhallen.de]

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