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Boston Globe Charts Impacts of COVID-19 on Arts-Heavy Berkshires Economy

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

A piece in the Boston Globe charts the impacts of COVID-19 on the Berkshires, where the arts have become a central economic driver, and which are now threatened by a shuttered cultural sector. (more…)

France May See One-Third of All Galleries Shuttered as a Result of Coronavirus

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

The Comité professionnel des galeries d’art, France’s trade organization for art galleries, notes that one third of all French galleries could be permanently shuttered due to the impacts of coronavirus. “I have not heard of one sale since mid-March,” says committee chair Marion Papillon, who chairs the committee. “Fairs will also have to adapt. There is no way they can apply the same conditions considering the decrease of activity which is predictable in the next years”. (more…)

Pace Gallery Furloughs 25 Employees

Monday, April 13th, 2020

Pace Gallery has furloughed 25 employees in New York over lost income due to COVID-19-related closures. “I’m kind of in limbo,” one worker says. “I’m receiving one more paycheck from Pace, and hopefully that will help me pay next month’s rent. Then we will see what happens next.” (more…)

Guggenheim Furloughs Employees, Cuts Benefits Due to Budget Shortfall

Monday, April 13th, 2020

The Guggenheim is facing a $10 million budget shortfall, resulting in announced furloughs and cuts to employee benefits. “The near- and long-term financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Museum’s fiscal well-being is profound,” says director Richard Armstrong. “This decision did not come easily.” (more…)

Christie’s Hit with Fine Over Uncollected Sales Tax

Monday, April 13th, 2020

Christie’s has been ordered to pay a fine of up to to $16.7 million for failing to collect sales tax on purchases.  The fine follows an extensive investigation of the company’s tax practices, particularly its private sales arm and overseas branches. (more…)

Center for an Urban Future Completes Report on COVID-19 Impacts to Local Arts in NYC

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

A new report from the Center for an Urban Future charts the impacts of coronavirus on small arts orgs, surveying a broad range of venues and galleries on the impacts that pandemic-related closures and cancellations are causing. “Small, community-based arts venues are the cultural lifeblood of New York City and cities around the world. But unlike larger institutions and museums, few smaller cultural groups have the benefit of endowments or large donor bases to help cushion the blow as they experience staggering declines in revenue,” says Eli Dvorkin, Editorial & Policy Director, Center for an Urban Future. “Without immediate financial support to offset these losses, there’s a real danger that many of these organizations will not make it to the other side of this crisis. And the loss to our collective cultural lives is incalculable.” (more…)

Whitney Museum Lays Off 76 Employees

Monday, April 6th, 2020

The Whitney Museum has laid off 76 employees in response to budget pressure over COVID-19 related closures.  “These are painful difficult times,” said President Adam Weinberg. “I want you to know I am grateful to all of you for everything you have done.” (more…)

NY Botanical Garden’s Yayoi Kusama Show Rescheduled to 2021

Monday, April 6th, 2020

The New York Botanical Garden has rescheduled its blockbuster show of works by Yayoi Kusama.  The show will now take place in 2021. (more…)

The Met to Pay Staff Through May

Tuesday, 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.” (more…)

Hans Ulrich Obrist Calls for WPA-Style Arts Program to Help Economy

Monday, 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. (more…)

David Zwirner Invites Smaller Galleries to Show in Digital Exhibition Rooms

Monday, 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. (more…)

UCLA Hammer Lays Off Part-Time Students

Thursday, 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. (more…)

Art Basel Postponed

Thursday, 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.  (more…)

Billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach Says He Received Panic Offers for Works Over Coronavirus

Tuesday, 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. (more…)

Fourth Plinth Sculpture Unveiled Delayed

Monday, 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. (more…)

Yale MFA Students Demand Partial Refund

Monday, 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.” (more…)

With Renovations of Notre Dame Halted, Thieves Attempt a Break-In

Monday, 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. (more…)

More Closures Come as Coronavirus Pandemic Continues

Wednesday, 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.   (more…)

Galleries Exploring Online Viewing Rooms During Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

A piece in the NYT charts the galleries experimenting with digital sales rooms and online viewing platforms as Coronavirus continues to threaten social gatherings. “If galleries are closed, how can we sell art?” asks David Zwirner. “The online platform is something we have envisioned as an important part of what we do.” (more…)

AO News Round-Up: Closures Continue in Art World Over Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Closures continue this week over the coronavirus, as the National Gallery in London and the Tate announced full shutdowns for the coming weeks.  “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the galleries when we reopen” a statement by the Tate reads. (more…)

Christie’s Shutters in Latest High-Profile Coronavirus Closure

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The string of coronavirus-related closures continues as Christie’s shutters 10 of its salesrooms around the globe, with Phillips following suit soon after. “In the days ahead, we will be communicating a number of necessary changes to our usual course of business, including further changes to our sale calendar,” says Guillaume Cerutti, chief executive officer of Christie’s.
“These decisions are undertaken with a great degree of care and in close consultation with our clients.” (more…)

Art Basel Considering Postponing June Fair in Switzerland

Friday, March 13th, 2020

As coronavirus-related closures continue around the globe, Art Basel is mulling over postponing its flagship fair this June, Art News reports. “We have been closely monitoring the spread of the virus since its early stages and continue to take the evolving situation extremely seriously,” reads an open letter from the fair. “The health and safety of everyone concerned is our highest priority and all necessary measures will be taken to prevent their safety.” (more…)

New York Blue-Chip Galleries Start to Close in Face of Coronavirus

Friday, March 13th, 2020

A number of blue-chip galleries have revealed plans to close in the face of coronavirus. “While we firmly believe that communal engagement with art is crucial in these challenging times, our first priority is to take every possible measure to ensure the safety of our visitors, artists, and staff,” a Pace spokesperson says. (more…)

Coronavirus Threatens Chronically-Ill Artists

Friday, March 13th, 2020

A piece in Art News this week notes the fears and concerns of chronically ill artists threatened by the specter of coronavirus. “It’s a recipe for disaster,” says artist Ezra Benus. “What will happen to me if the medical system gets overwhelmed and I lose access to medications and doctors?” (more…)