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The Met to Pay Staff Through May

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 […]... | Read More

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

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 […]... | Read More

David Zwirner Invites Smaller Galleries to Show in Digital Exhibition Rooms

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. Read more at NYT... | Read More

A Message of Support from Art Observed

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 […]... | Read More

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

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 […]... | Read More

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

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 […]... | Read More

UCLA Hammer Lays Off Part-Time Students

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. Read more at LA Times  ... | Read More

Art Basel Postponed

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.  Read more at Art Basel... | Read More

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

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. Read more at Bloomberg      ... | Read More

Fourth Plinth Sculpture Unveiled Delayed

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. Read more at Art Newspaper  ... | Read More
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