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Facing crisis, arts groups push for their own bailout

A gallery inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, on March 13, 2020. As museums shutter and theaters go dark, cultural institutions are calling for the government’s help, but they recognize they’re not the first priority during a pandemic. Ashley Gilbertson/The New York Times.

by Julia Jacobs

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The so-called coronavirus curve is far from flat, but for many of the country’s arts organizations, revenue certainly is. Ticket sales are practically nonexistent. Parents are requesting refunds for children’s dance classes. Any live event scheduled for before June is probably canceled, including springtime black-tie galas, which often bring in large chunks of revenue for organizations. So, like other sectors of the economy, arts organizations are turning to local and federal taxpayers for help, trying to make the case that American culture needs a bailout, too. It has not been an easy sell, coming at a time when many pillars of the economy, from airlines to restaurants to public transportation, are facing existential crises and needing handouts themselves. But it is a fight the country’s museums and performing arts groups are used to waging. A group representing museums, backed by some Democratic lawmakers in New York and elsewhere, have asked for $4 billion in the fede ... More

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Mister Rogers song and Dr. Dre added to National Recording Registry   Hauser & Wirth opens an online-only exhibition of drawings by Louise Bourgeois   The merry-go-round stopped. What sort of art will emerge?

Fred Rogers gently invited millions of children to be his neighbor as host of the public television show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for more than 30 years. Sara Krulwich/The New York Times.

by Jennifer Schuessler

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The theme song for “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.,” the original cast album for “Fiddler on the Roof” and the play-by-play broadcast of the thrilling 1951 National League tiebreaker between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers are among the 25 recordings just added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. The registry, created in 2000, is meant to designate recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. Carla Hayden, the librarian of Congress, selected this year’s inductees from around 800 nominations. This new class ranges widely over the American soundscape, taking in radio broadcasts, field recordings, early women blues singers, jazz, opera and recent pop albums, including ... More

Louise Bourgeois, Spit or Star, 1986. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 23 3/4 x 19 in. Photo: Christopher Burke. © The Easton Foundation/VAGA at ARS, NY. Courtesy The Easton Foundation and Hauser & Wirth.

NEW YORK, NY.- For their inaugural online exhibition, Hauser & Wirth brings directly to your screen a selection of drawings by the celebrated French American artist Louise Bourgeois. Drawing was a daily ritual throughout Bourgeois’s seven-decade career, used as a necessary tool to record and exorcise her memories and emotions. The works in this presentation capture her inner psyche through undulating marks in ink, watercolour and pencil. ‘Louise Bourgeois. Drawings 1947 – 2007’ coincides with the launch of ‘Dispatches’, a new series of original video, online features and experiences that connects you with our artists as we continue to navigate our shared reality together. Born in 1911, Bourgeois began drawing at a young age – as a girl, her skills allowed her to assist at her parents’ tapestry restoration business, where she helped design and draw templates for fabrics in need of repair. Years ... More

The Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, March 17, 2020. Gianfranco Tripodo/The New York Times.

by Jason Farago

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- No museums, no galleries, no fairs, no art schools, no openings, no studio visits, no arguing over beers, no gauche private-jet partnerships. In a matter of days, the world of contemporary art went from a reverberant global network to a ghost town, sheltering in place as the coronavirus endangers our cities and our livelihoods. Like every other sector, art is having to go digital. There is no shortage of artists and critics (including me, all too often) who have bemoaned the way Instagram and other platforms have transformed contemporary art. Count your blessings: Now Instagram is almost all we’ve got. These first days of physical isolation and cultural deprivation have been a furious gyre. The absolutely requisite closure of the museums — promptly in the United States, more tardily in Britain — may aggrieve those of us who find solace in art, but they have ... More

Tony Awards postponed amid coronavirus crisis   Private collection draws spotlight in Heritage's Design Auction   Sotheby's updates Hong Kong Modern Art Evening & Contemporary Art Sales schedule

James Corden helps open the 73rd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York, June 9, 2019. Sara Krulwich/The New York Times.

by Julia Jacobs

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Broadway’s biggest night will have to wait. Amid a total shutdown of Broadway theaters in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the 74th annual Tony Awards ceremony, scheduled for June 7, has been postponed until an undecided date. Earlier this month, the theater industry announced that Broadway venues would go dark through April 12, and as the pandemic shows no sign of slowing down, that date is expected to be pushed back to May or June. Tony Award Productions, the company that puts on the awards show, said on Wednesday that the new date for the Tonys would be announced when Broadway reopened its doors. The production company is a joint operation of the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing; the ... More

The Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti Dawson Floor Lamp, 1990 (estimate: $20,000-30,000).

DALLAS, TX.- A rare lamp by French designers Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti is among the highlights from an important California collection in Heritage Auctions’ Design Auction April 20 in Dallas, Texas. The 245-lot sale also includes among its highlights an extensive collection of studio glass by elite artists from the movement, as well as a selection of furniture, accessories, windows and drawings by the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright. The Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti Dawson Floor Lamp, 1990 (estimate: $20,000-30,000) is made of gilt iron and stands 97-1/2 inches tall. Created by the duo known for their imaginative decorative art and furniture designs, the lamp is one of five lots in the sale by the artists and an example of the works from the pair who offered a unique blend of classical materials (including wrought iron) and modern shapes and designs. Dale Chihuly’s Cobalt Blue Grande ... More

Yoshitomo Nara, Keep Your Chin Up, 2001, acrylic on canvas, 194 by 259.3 cm. Courtesy Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- In light of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 virus outbreak, Sotheby’s has made the decision to relocate their Hong Kong Modern and Contemporary Art Sales back to Hong Kong in July. The three auctions - Modern Art Evening Sale and Contemporary Art Evening & Day Sales – originally scheduled to be offered on 16 April in New York – will be moved to the week of 5 July in Hong Kong to join the balance of their spring auction series. Travelling exhibitions in Hong Kong (27 – 28 March) and Taipei (4 – 5 April) will also be postponed, with new dates to be announced in due course. Kevin Ching, CEO of Sotheby’s Asia, comments: “In reviewing our sale schedule, we have taken into consideration the advice from government and health authorities, the requirements of our clients, and logistical and operational feasibility. As the situation stabilizes in Asia, the relocation of these sales back to Hong Kong will ... More

Leila Heller Gallery opens its first exhibition of works by Abdul Qader Al Rais   Exhibition featuring works by American artist Carole Seborovski opens at Galerie Karsten Greve   34th Bienal de São Paulo announces new dates

The Power of Letter, 2008, Watercolor on Paper, 155 x 105cm.

DUBAI.- Leila Heller Gallery is presenting its first ever solo exhibition of the pioneering Emirati Artist Abdul Qader Al Rais in “Nuqta: The Diacritic.” On view March 23rd to September 15th “Nuqta: The Diacritic” presents a series of the artist’s paintings across his third period of his work, which is marked by his engagement with bringing abstraction and local cultural heritage into dialogue. Al Rais incorporates the contours of calligraphy as well as the rocky cliffs, deserts, and shores of the region’s unique natural world into his rigorous study of the fundamental elements of color, form, and light. The works exhibited range from oil on canvas to watercolor on paper, and offers a painterly alternative to current understandings of the UAE’s art history as rooted in highly concept-based and anti-aesthetic installations. Click here for a virtual tour of the exhibition. The ... More

Carole Seborovski, Ryoanji, 2002. Enamel, wood, plaster, fabric, vinyl, 61 x 50,8 x 10,2 cm / 24 x 20 x 4 in. CS 02.15 CaS/S 16 © Carole Seborovski. Courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve Köln Paris St. Moritz.

COLOGNE.- Galerie Karsten Greve is presenting a solo exhibition featuring works by American artist Carole Seborovski in Cologne. The exhibition is open by appointment only. Karsten Greve, the gallery owner, discovered the artist in the United States, and exhibited her work for the first time in his Paris gallery in 1991. In 1992 and in 2004, Seborovski had solo exhibitions in Cologne. This is Seborovski’s tenth solo exhibition with Karsten Greve. On display are more than thirty object-paintings and works on paper, executed between 1994 and 2004. Carole Seborovski was born 1960 in San Diego, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the California College of the Arts, in 1982. She continued her studies at the New York Studio School, and received her Master ... More

34th Bienal de São Paulo – Faz escuro mas eu canto. © Fundação Bienal de São Paulo.

SAO PAULO.- The Fundação Bienal de São Paulo announced the changes in the exhibition calendar of the 34th Bienal to protect the safety of visitors, artists and collaborators, in response to the challenges the whole world is facing during this delicate time. The opening of the group exhibition of the 34th Bienal, initially planned for 5 September, will be postponed to 3 October 2020, and the closing date will be moved to 13 December. In addition, Clara Ianni's and Deana Lawson’s solo exhibitions, as well as the performances authored by León Ferrari and Hélio Oiticica, which were originally going to take place between April and August, will be incorporated into the group show. The Executive Board of the Fundação Bienal and the curators of the 34th Bienal are in communication with the partner institutions of this edition to keep the network of exhibitions that was planned together with ... More

Manifesta 13, which will take place in Marseille, France, is postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis   For drive-in theaters, an unexpected revival   When fashion tv becomes an anthropological treasure

View of Marseille - City Host of Manifesta 13. Image Courtesy of Manifesta 13.

MARSEILLE.- In light of the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus and the French National Government’s announcement on the 16th of March 2020 that France’s borders would close for 30 days and that a national lockdown of 15 days would be enforced, it is in close consultation with the City of Marseille, that Director of Manifesta Hedwig Fijen, together with Manifesta 13 Marseille’s Board members, has officially decided to postpone the 13th edition of the biennial. Manifesta 13 Marseille is currently reviewing multiple scenarios in close collaboration with the City of Marseille, Manifesta’s Artistic Team and Board Members and other cultural stakeholders in the region in the hope of being able to announce the new dates of Manifesta 13 Marseille by mid April 2020. Manifesta will continue to assess the situation as it evolves, prioritising at all times to safeguard the health and well-being of its employees, participants and community. Manifesta ... More

From the relative safety of their cars, moviegoers watch the “The Big Lebowski” at the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In in Austin, Texas on March 21, 2020. Eli Durst/The New York Times.

by Alyson Krueger

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Jen Philhower, 48, a part-time office manager in Austin, Texas, is one of the many Americans adjusting to almost every group activity being canceled, as people move indoors and into isolation to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus. “My youngest goes to wilderness school, and even that is closed,” she said. “When even playing in the woods is closed, things start to feel a little strange.” So Philhower was surprised — ecstatic, even — to see one group entertainment venue still open for business: the Blue Starlite, a local drive-in movie theater currently allowing 35 to park at one time. Located on a hill with the Austin skyline in the background, the theater resembles a “cool junkyard,” according to Josh Frank, the owner, who opened ... More

Salma Hayek attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images/AFP.

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- There is no live fashion to look at now. No shows; no red carpets; not really any street style. The cruise collections that normally take place in far-flung destinations during May and June have been canceled. The Met Gala and the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards have been postponed (assuming they happen at all); the Cannes Film Festival is off. Forays to the supermarket or the park yield only sightings of leggings and sweatpants and the occasional jeans. Window shopping is over. But we still have TV. And on TV (or the various screens that pass as TV today), there is a new slate of reality fashion programs that are streaming or about to. They include the rebooted “Project Runway” with Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano, which recently ended its network season on Bravo but is available on; “Next in Fashion,” ... More

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Mexico street artists and vendors worry about virus-hit future
MEXICO CITY (AFP).- Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, Luis Valdovinos was earning about $12 a day playing his barrel organ in the streets of Mexico City. Now, it's taking him a lot longer to make that much money. The streets of the Mexican capital are emptying out with each passing day, as residents become more and more aware of the need to practice social distancing to curb the virus's spread. For performers like Valdovinos, such measures are threatening his livelihood. "Some people have money (to offer), and the rest of them can go to hell," said the 46-year-old, whose instrument creates a somewhat ominous drone that fits the mood of a city in fear. "All of Mexico is afraid. Businesses are closing. Unfortunately, those of us who live off the streets every day are the ones who are hit hardest." Valdovinos is part of the whopping 56 percent ... More

Luton landmark adorned by giant hat pin
LUTON.- One of the iconic buildings in the centre of Luton’s famous hat district has been adorned with a giant hat pin – a nine-metre artwork created by British artist Tom Pearman. Pearman has designed the sculpture, called HAT PIN, to celebrate and respond to the heritage of Luton’s Hat industry and broaden public engagement with Luton’s stories and spaces. The new commission offers the thousands of daily visitors and residents of Luton arriving from the main station, an optical illusion of a three-dimensional hat pin slotted into one of Luton’s key heritage buildings, referencing the hat making industry of the past and the creative enterprises of tomorrow. The jewel-like work is made from the traditional sign-making medium of vitreous enamel intersects Hat House, a former hat factory, which has recently been fully renovated into contemporary ... More

Department of Arts & Culture and Luminaria Artist Foundation join together to support artists
SAN ANTONIO, TX.- The City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture and Luminaria Artist Foundation today launched the Corona Arts Relief Program, which provides technical assistance and professional development support for individual artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. As San Antonio, like several cities across the world, implements social distancing requirements to protect citizens by preventing community spread of COVID-19, many in the arts industry have lost revenue due to cancellations. The Corona Arts Relief Program, managed by Luminaria Artist Foundation and made possible through the Department of Arts & Culture’s Technical Assistance program, offers up to $600 to individual artists residing in Bexar County for: · Professional development training, arts education (not applicable to college tuition) from April 1 ... More

Broadway is shuttered but its buildings sing: A virtual tour
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Weeks ago, back when New Yorkers were starting to shelter at home but it was still kosher to get a little fresh air and take a walk, I invited a few people to suggest modest strolls, one on one, around places meaningful to them. They would guide the tour. The goal? Simple. Distraction, joy, consolation, a chance to describe how buildings speak — and speak historically, personally, deeply and differently to different people. Today the city is officially on pause, and everybody is banding together by staying inside, so the walks, as they were pretty much intended from the start, are to be consumed vicariously from home via text and images, not on foot. They’re a reminder that, even besieged, the city amazes, endures, awaits. In the coming weeks, virtual walks may become a thing. Meanwhile, ... More

Lorenzo Fusi appointed Artistic Director of the Yerevan Biennial Art Foundation
YEREVAN.- The Board of the Yerevan Biennial Art Foundation announced the appointment of Lorenzo Fusi as its Artistic Director and Chief Curator of the inaugural Yerevan Biennial. The first iteration of the Yerevan Biennial was scheduled to take place later this year across Armenia’s capital city, showcasing new and historical artworks in multiple venues alongside new commissions. However, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Board, alongside the newly appointed Lorenzo Fusi have decided to postpone the opening of the inaugural Biennial to the new year. The new dates for the exhibition are April 15–June 13, 2021. Lorenzo Fusi (b. 1968) was the Artistic Director of PIAC (Prix International d’Art Contemporain) of the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco between 2014-2020. He was the Visiting Academic Curator at the Alberta University of the Arts, ... More

First solo exhibition in Germany of Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor opens
HAMBURG.- Although being closed until late April due to COVID-19, the Kunsthaus Hamburg presents the first institutional solo exhibition of Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor in Germany. We are currently working on digital formats to provide insights into the exhibition and the work of the artists during closure. In their experimental works Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor bridge the classical film genre, their interest in anthropological themes and the visual arts. At the centre of their attention is the human being from complex perspectives, with all given social and psychological motivations, as a part of a community, along with the consequences of human activity on our planet. The exhibition Ah humanity! brings together films that deal with non-conformism and the absurdity of human behaviour. Somniloquies, 2017 delves into the inner ... More

Anthology Editions publishes 'Death Magick Abundance' by Akasha Rabut
NEW YORK, NY.- More than any party, parade, team, or disaster, New Orleans is the people. The ones who persevere, survive, strengthen, and transform the city in all its unceasing vibrancy. For nearly a decade, photographer Akasha Rabut has documented this thriving culture. In Death Magick Abundance, her first book, she reveals the city’s spirit through the pink smoke of the Caramel Curves, the first all-female black motorcycle club; alongside the Southern Riderz, urban cowboys on horseback in the streets; and many others who represent the next generation of New Orleans. Death Magick Abundance is a conduit for the love and unending beauty of New Orleans and its people to flow to the rest of the world. Akasha Rabut is a photographer and educator based in New Orleans. Her work explores multi-cultural phenomena and tradition rooted in the American ... More

The PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art and PHI launch podcast series
MONTREAL.- Built on a shared commitment to connecting art with audiences, the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art and PHI have collaborated on The Aura, a new podcast series that takes the listener inside and outside the work of art in discussion with those who create, curate, write, think about, and enjoy contemporary art. In each episode, PHI Foundation curator and managing director Cheryl Sim speaks one-on-one with members of the international art community to explore the work of art as an expression of the questions and preoccupations that inhabit the mind and soul. Through the sharing of stories, thoughts and impressions, The Aura opens up a discussion on the practice of art and life to underscore how artists of our time speak to the questions, concerns and subjects that reflect and touch our everyday lives. The Aura is conceived and organized ... More

Tourism goes virtual in coronavirus-confined California
SANTA MONICA (AFP).- "Here is the ocean, everybody!" announced Adam Duford, as his guided tour of Santa Monica arrived at the world-famous beach. But Duford was standing all alone on the California coast, with no tourists to be found, and making no money. The image of the Pacific ocean was being broadcast live on social networks via his smartphone, with the crashing waves appearing pixelated and interrupted by bad signal. The spread of the novel coronavirus has grounded flights and prompted a statewide "stay-at-home" order -- bids to prevent the disease's spread that have crippled tourism. So Duford has been forced to park his open-top buses, and try a new approach to reach those locked in their homes. "Without people, there is absolutely no revenue to come in, so basically my strategy is just going into hibernation and being creative . ... More

MOSTYN opens the first presentation in the UK to focus solely on Kiki Kogelnik's ceramic works
LLANDUDNO.- Considered one of the key figures of the post-war avant-garde, Kogelnik’s multidisciplinary oeuvre spans five decades. Her multifaceted artistic style evolved from painterly abstraction to Pop Art and the representation of the (female) body. Consumer culture, technology and feminism were recurring themes throughout her work. Her unique aesthetic is marked with playfulness and humour yet imbued with a stark sense of criticality. In resisting and contesting the lure of post-war capitalist culture in her work, she demarcated herself from her contemporary peers. Her first ceramics were made in 1974, and soon became a key activity in her artistic practice. Her ceramic works were hand-built and cut from slabs using stencils and are reminiscent of her earlier paintings in their boldness, bright colours and vivacity. Drawing on a method of presentation ... More

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art announces ARTS@Home online lessons
SONOMA, CA.- In response to temporary school closures due to COVID19, Sonoma Valley Museum of Arts has put together ARTS@Home, special lessons available online for families working and learning from home. These series of art lessons, prepared by SVMA arts education staff, can provide children with hours of stimulating and fun learning activities—good for students and good for parents and grandparents! Each week SVMA is releasing new ARTS@Home learning activities. Lessons 1 and 2 include Drawing a Half-Portrait and Shoebox Faces. Drawing a Half-Portrait instructs students about symmetry and proportion by cutting a photograph in half and using a pencil and ruler to measure and mark important points around the face. Students connect the dots and watch their complete faces emerge. Drawing a Half-Portrait, Lesson One. Shoebox ... More

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On a day like today, Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat was born
March 26, 1957. Shirin Neshat (born 1957) is an Iranian visual artist who lives in New York City, known primarily for her work in film, video and photography. Her artwork centers on the contrasts between Islam and the West, femininity and masculinity, public life and private life, antiquity and modernity, and bridging the spaces between these subjects. In this image: Shirin Neshat, From "Looking For Oum Kulthum" series (2017) © Shirin Neshat.

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