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Todd Hido, Homebound.

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Here’s the good news: You now have a sharper camera in your pocket than professional photographers could dream of 30 years ago. Here’s the bad news: You can only shoot from your apartment. With museums and galleries largely shuttered around the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, Instagram has filled up these last weeks with “quarantine content”: snapshots of cramped apartments, pets surprised by their owners’ sudden ubiquity, uncannily deserted street scenes and cautious supermarket shoppers in beekeeping suits. But sprinkled among Instagram’s more than 1 billion users, you’ll also find some of the world’s greatest fine art photographers — some shooting on iPhones or Android handsets, some relying on digital cameras and uploading manually. Against the mandatory confinement imposed from Argentina to Zimbabwe, these photographers have taken to the platform with newfound vigor, plun ... More

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Hauser & Wirth launches #artforbetter with donation to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund   Peter Beard, photographer who makes his art from nature's, is missing   Jazz great Ellis Marsalis dies aged 85 after virus 'complications'

Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Marc Payot on the rooftop of Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street, February 2020.

NEW YORK, NY.- Iwan Wirth, Manuela Wirth, and Marc Payot, Co-Presidents of Hauser & Wirth, announced today the creation of the new philanthropic initiative #artforbetter, through which the gallery will provide charitable support in response to both global and local causes. As its first action under the umbrella of #artforbetter, Hauser & Wirth will donate 10 percent of profits from its online exhibitions to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, beginning with the upcoming online exhibition ‘George Condo. Drawings for Distanced Figures,’ launching this Friday. Upcoming online exhibitions will include solo presentations of new works by Lorna Simpson and Rashid Johnson. The WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund is a global effort helping countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic, in order to ensure all nations are prepared, especially those with the weakest health ... More

Peter Beard (American, b. 1938), Untitled (Elephants and Baboons under Kilimanjaro), 1984 (detail). Oversized digital pigment, printed later, 29 x 80 inches.

by Stacey Stowe

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Police in Long Island were searching Wednesday for photographer Peter Beard, known for creating elaborate collages from documentary images of Africa, after he disappeared Tuesday afternoon from his home in Montauk, New York. Beard, 82, has dementia, according to the East Hampton police, who described him as “vulnerable” and potentially in need of medical attention.” On Wednesday afternoon, dozens of police and firefighters, using dogs, drones and thermal imaging equipment, combed the area around Beard’s waterfront property, where he maintains his studio and lives with his wife, Nejma Beard, who manages his career. Although photographs are his main medium, Beard incorporates painting, drawings, natural objects and written text in his ... More

Musician Ellis Marsalis performs at the 57th NBA All-Star Game. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images/AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Jazz great Ellis Marsalis died Wednesday at the age of 85 after contracting the coronavirus, his son Branford said. The acclaimed American pianist and teacher -- who featured on dozens of records over a musical career spanning several decades -- was the father of trumpeter Wynton and saxophonist Branford. "It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Ellis Marsalis Jr., as a result of complications from the coronavirus," Branford said in a statement published on his website, adding he was admitted to hospital on Saturday. "My dad was a giant of a musician and teacher, but an even greater father," Branford said. "He poured everything he had into making us the best of what we could be." Wynton posted photographs of him with his father on Twitter alongside a brief statement: "Ellis Marsalis, 1934 -- 2020. He went out the way he lived: embracing reality." Born in New Orleans -- the epicenter of the ... More

This Puerto Rican sculptor meets disaster with spirit   The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2020 to open in autumn 2020   After 94 years, the song ends for the Turtle Bay Music School

The artist Daniel Lind-Ramos, in New York, March 10, 2020, whose sculptures are made of found objects from his native Puerto Rico. His show “Amario de la Memoria (Storage of Memory),” featuring sculptures, can now be seen online. Ricky Rhodes/The New York Times.

by Siddhartha Mitter

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- For the artist Daniel Lind-Ramos, a local hero in Puerto Rico whose altarlike assemblage sculptures of everyday objects have belatedly found acclaim on the mainland, the past month was to have been a celebration of his new visibility, which began with last year’s Whitney Biennial. In early March, his first New York solo exhibition opened at Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea. Then he flew to Florida to receive the $50,000 Pérez Prize from the Pérez Art Museum Miami. He returned to New York to be close to his exhibition, visit with colleagues and friends, and be available for collectors and the news media. Days later, the ... More

Installation view of Summer Exhibition 2019, Royal Academy of Arts © David Parry.

LONDON.- The Royal Academy of Arts announced today that the 252nd Summer Exhibition, which was originally due to open in June, has been rescheduled for autumn 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show and has been held every year without interruption since 1769, even throughout the war years. This year Jane and Louise Wilson RA will co-ordinate the Summer Exhibition, the first time it will be curated by an artistic duo. Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy of Arts and Chair of the Summer Exhibition 2020 Committee said: “Like everyone, the Royal Academy is faced with navigating an uncertain time and finding ways to make the best of it. One thing is certain though: our belief in the power of art, and the role it can play in inspiring creativity and hope. The RA has been a home for artists, architects and art ... More

Music books are boxed up at the Turtle Bay Music School in New York. Tony Cenicola/The New York Times.

by James Barron

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- For more than 90 years, the Turtle Bay Music School was a fixture in an enduring ritual of growing up: music lessons. Well-connected parents — lately Uma Thurman and Donald Trump Jr., among others — sent their children to its shabby-chic building on East 52nd Street in Manhattan. Adults who practiced dutifully were regulars, too, and in the past 10 years the school broadened its reach, with classes in public schools and a tuition-free program for children from underserved neighborhoods across the city. Then, almost in an instant, it was gone. The nonprofit school’s board of directors sold the building, which it owned mortgage-free. The school then bought a former radiology office in a different neighborhood, beside a gritty ... More

Metro Pictures opens its first online viewing room with exhibition of works by Gary Simmons   University of Richmond Museums opens an online exhibition featuring ancient coins from the collection   Will we lose a generation of designers?

Gary Simmons, Screaming Into The Ether, 2020. Oil and cold wax on canvas, 96 1/4 x 72 1/4 inches, 244.5 x 183.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gary Simmons's latest work expands the artist’s decades-long examination into the propagation of racial stereotypes through American media and its devastating effects on how people of color perceive themselves and are perceived by others. The twenty new paintings on view reconsider his signature “erasure” technique and the racist cartoon characters Simmons first appropriated in his renowned chalkboard drawings from the early 1990s. Simmons employs a rich gray palette in the backgrounds of his new canvases for the first time, recalling dusty blackboards or a flickering blackand-white film. Isolated against them are figures based on the Looney Tunes characters Bosko, his girlfriend Honey, and Bosko’s “Little Sister.” Introduced to movie theater audiences in 1930, the three characters were degrading caricatures of black Americans based heavily on minstrelsy. Rendered as ghostly fragments, the figures appear as faint specters on the canvas, just as the insidio ... More

Two Dirhems (obverse depicting a five petaled flower with the Shahada in its center), from the reign of Mahmud Ghazan, Khan of the Ilkhanate (1295-1304), silver, 2.34 g, 19 mm diameter, Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, University of Richmond Museums, R1979.11.0072, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Chris Theodotou. Ⓒ University of Richmond Museums, photograph by Taylor Dabney.

RICHMOND, VA.- The University of Richmond Museums opens the online exhibition “A Pound of Whatever Silver He Pleases”: History and Economy in the Late Medieval Eastern Mediterranean from the Lora Robins Gallery Coin Collection, currently on view through December 31, 2021 on the University of Richmond Museums’ webpage ( The exhibition features fifty-three coins from the eastern Mediterranean during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, including coinage from a wide variety of cultures and locations. The medieval eastern Mediterranean world was a region fraught with strife that acted as the core of the political and economic networks that helped link China to Western Europe. Unsurprisingly, this turmoil and deep connection seeps into the historical ... More

A model presents a look at the Christopher John Rogers fall 2020 fashion show in New York, Feb. 8, 2020. Independent clothing designers are the essence of American fashion, but a stimulus plan may not save them. Jackie Molloy/The New York Times.

by Vanessa Friedman

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- You might not know Batsheva Hay, Christopher John Rogers and Carly Cushnie. They are emerging independent designers based in New York with relatively small namesake companies. But they have also been, over the last few years, labeled “names to watch.” They have won awards, dressed celebrities and been heralded at Fashion Week. In a few years, you might well have worn their clothes. Yet for now they are all sitting in their various apartments gnawing their fingernails over the same question: Can they stay in business until the coronavirus curve has flattened and people begin to buy again? Unlike the fashion business in France and Italy, which is dominated by big heritage brands, independent designers are the underpinnings of the U.S. industry. And, despite the CARES Act signed last week, they are almost all at risk. “We could lose a whole generation ... More

Over the Influence expands Hong Kong space with inaugural exhibition featuring a selection of US-based artists   Helen Frankenthaler Foundation commits $5 million to multi-year COVID-19 relief effort for the arts   signs and symbols launches online-only presentations of video works by its artists

Gosha Levochkin, Will do something about it soon, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 182.9 x 132.1 cm. 72 x 52 in.

HONG KONG.- Over the Influence announced the expansion of the gallery in Hong Kong. Now taking up the lower floor of the current location, the gallery will be further developing ambitious programs with emerging and established artists who constantly challenge the traditional perspectives on art-making. Julliana Choi, Director of Over the Influence Hong Kong says: “We are pleased to expand the space and have the opportunity to present more exciting programs to our audience. At a time of unprecedented challenges and uncertainty, we wish to demonstrate our commitment to artists and our community, as well as to the art ecosystem of Hong Kong and the region. Our mission to promote interdisciplinary creativity and dialogues remains unwavering.” The inaugural exhibition of the expanded space, Rise and Shine, will feature a ... More

Helen Frankenthaler in her East 83rd Street studio, New York, in front of Hybrid Vigor (in progress), 1973. Courtesy Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Archives, New York. Photograph by Edward Youkilis. Artwork © 2020 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- In response to the catastrophic situation artists and art organizations face in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation announced a $5-million commitment to relief funding over the next three years. The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation COVID-19 Relief Effort is a multi-year initiative building on the Foundation’s commitment to supporting artists and art institutions and marks the Foundation’s largest commitment of funding to date in support of a single cause since becoming active in 2013. The first round of funding, comprising a total of $1.25 million, will be distributed immediately in support of three initiatives. "None of us could ... More

Jen DeNike, Queen of Narwhals. Film still.

NEW YORK, NY.- signs and symbols is presenting Queen of Narwhals, a video exhibition by Jen DeNike. This marks the launch of the gallery's new series of online-only solo presentations of video works by its artists. Water is the source of power in Jen DeNike’s Queen of Narwhals, a short film populated by a cult of matriarchal women. A gang of children navigate a video game in search of a mysterious narwhal, meanwhile through the remote magic of an elder, a young woman undergoes a shape shifting enchantment morphing from human to narwhal. Shot in the real-life wasteland of the Salton Sea, California, Queen of Narwhals hints at the dark undertones of our current impending environmental catastrophe in parallel with our universal quest for hope in her immersive cinematic fairytale. DeNike writes: “In 2017, I was commissioned to make a new video work for the Bombay Beach Biennale, ... More

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Who says you can't give Tony Awards in an abbreviated season?
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- When coronavirus closed the theaters March 12, there were still 16 shows left to open in the Broadway season. Audiences will get to see some of them later, others probably not — but what of the more than 20 plays, musicals and miscellaneous offerings that had already faced the press? It seemed unfair not to celebrate them, so just after it was announced that the Tony Awards will not go on as usual this year, Ben Brantley and Jesse Green, the chief theater critics of The New York Times, sat down (in cyberspace) to devise a Tonys of their own. BEN BRANTLEY: Well, Jesse, even in a season that’s 16 plays short, there’s still a fat if imbalanced roster of intriguing shows. Have we ever before had such a preponderance of jukebox musicals that might qualify for Best Musical? The good news is that some enterprising ... More

As theaters stare down uncertainty, Ars Nova buys itself time
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- In the hours after Broadway shut down for 30 days to slow the spread of the coronavirus, off-Broadway closures followed in a wave — show upon show postponed or suspended or prematurely ended. Ars Nova was one of those companies, going dark the same night that Broadway did, and for the same length of time. On March 12, after just two previews, it paused production of the music-theater piece on its stage, Heather Christian’s “Oratorio for Living Things,” and halted all activity at its headquarters, an incubator for emerging artists and their work. Then, on March 23, Ars Nova — which has been a launching pad for artists including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Annie Baker and Billy Eichner — took what its managing director, Renee Blinkwolt, called a “calculated leap of faith.” While much of off-Broadway has adopted ... More

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce 0pen submission exhibition to showcase Bay Area artists
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- In celebration of the de Young museum’s 125th anniversary, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced today The de Young Open, a juried community art exhibition welcoming submissions relating to the theme “On the Edge,” by artists from the nine Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. “As the de Young celebrates its distinguished 125-year history in 2020, we are proud to announce The de Young Open, creating a platform for the visionary artists who enrich the Bay Area’s cultural landscape,” states Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “Amid these uncertain times, this new initiative expands the Fine Arts Museums’ ongoing commitment to the Bay Area community and serves as a celebratory ... More

NHMLAC acquires Barbara Carrasco's landmark mural L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County announced the acquisition of Chicana artist Barbara Carrasco’s landmark 1981 mural, L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective, which portrays the city’s history through a series of vignettes woven into the flowing hair of la Reina de Los Ángeles (the queen of Los Angeles). The Natural History Museum in Exposition Park was the first museum to show the full length of the once-censored mural in a gallery setting, bringing visitors eye-level with the panoramic work across three walls of an intimate gallery in the exhibition Sin Censura: A Mural Remembers L.A., from March 2018 through August 2019. The acquisition of Carrasco’s mural from the artist was made possible by a grant from the Vera R. Campbell Foundation and the mounting and presentation of the mural was supported by Nancy ... More

Getty creates $10m LA Arts COVID-19 relief fund for museums and visual arts organizations
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The J. Paul Getty Trust will create a $10 million COVID-19 relief fund to support Los Angeles-based non-profit museums and visual arts organizations in response to the coronavirus crisis, the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Board of Trustees announced today. The fund, to be administered by the California Community Foundation, will provide emergency operating support and recovery grants to small and mid-size organizations located in Los Angeles County. The efforts will focus on museums and arts non-profits that contribute significantly to the region’s artistic diversity and are facing great difficulty during the coronavirus crisis. Getty invites other organizations and individuals to contribute to the LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund. In addition, the CCF Fellowships for Visual Artists, launched more than 30 years ago through an endowment ... More

Fine Art & European Decorative Arts go up for bid at Turner Auctions + Appraisals on Saturday, April 25
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Turner Auctions + Appraisals presents Fine Art & European Decorative Arts on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Featuring over 275 lots, this online auction offers an array of American and European paintings, prints, ceramics, lithographs and more. Among the artists are Ed Ruscha, Grant Wood, David James Gilhooly, Douglas Bond and Christopher Gerlach. The wide selection of European decorative arts come from Meissen, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Sitzendorf, Royal Vienna, Herend, Havilland, and other continental or porcelain manufacturers. Among these items in the sale are bowls, vases, candelabra, platters, centerpieces, figures and figural groupings, brooches, art glass, decanter sets, busts, jewelry boxes, Italian majolica, a Vienna charger, and Russian lacquerware. There are also a number of items from Asia: from ... More

Gavin Gardiner Ltd's April Auction of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns will be an online only auction
PULBOROUGH.- The catalogue for Gavin Gardiner Limited’s sale of Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 is now available and can be viewed online at or will be arriving with subscribers very soon. However due to the current Covid-19 situation, the auction will be held as a live online auction from their own premises. Prospective bidders are encouraged to request condition reports for the lots that they are interested in, as it will not be possible to view the items in person. Bidding can be done either live online with their partner or as written commission bids. The sale will start at 2pm. Auctioneer Gavin Gardiner said; “Already 80% of our bidders and buyers participate in the auction remotely, either by online bidding, or by written commission bidding. We respond to more condition report ... More

Explore the best of Asian art and craftsmanship at ACM's new permanent galleries
SINGAPORE.- The Asian Civilisations Museum will celebrate a major milestone on Saturday, 4 April 2020, with the unveiling of its third-floor galleries, marking the completion of the museum’s multi-year refresh as Singapore's museum of Asian antiquities and decorative art. The third-floor galleries are focused on decorative art, and are collectively themed Materials and Design. The two new galleries, Fashion and Textiles, and Jewellery, together with the refreshed Ceramics gallery, comprise a display of over 300 precious and finely crafted masterpieces, telling stories of Asian identities, histories, and cultures. Mr Kennie Ting, Director of the Asian Civilisations Museum and Peranakan Museum, explains, “The process of perfecting the ACM as Singapore’s national museum of Asian antiquities and decorative ... More

Kavita Singh and Anne Sweeney join Getty Board of Trustees
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Art historian Kavita Singh and entertainment executive Anne Sweeney have joined the J. Paul Getty Trust Board of Trustees, the board announced today. Kavita Singh is a professor of art history the School of Arts and Aesthetics of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India. Professor Singh specializes in the history of Indian painting, particularly the Mughal and Rajput schools, and the history and politics of museums, particularly in India. In 2018, she was awarded the Infosys Prize in Humanities “for her extraordinarily illuminating study of Mughal, Rajput and Deccan art as well as her insightful writing on the historical function and role of museums and their significance in the increasingly fraught and conflicted social world in which visual culture exists today.” “We are delighted to welcome Professor Singh, a deeply ... More

No school? Use pocket change to help educate children at home
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO.- Common, everyday pocket change at home can be used to help educate children whether their schools are temporarily closed or not, according to the nonprofit American Numismatic Association. The 25,000-member organization will mark the 97th annual National Coin Week, April 19-25, 2020. “Money is history you can hold in your hands. The designs, denominations and metallic content of coins tell us a great deal about civilizations, past and present, such as famous and not-so-famous political and historical figures, important events and landmarks,” stated National Coin Week coordinator Andy Dickes. “Former presidents and other designs depicted on coin denominations -- the Abraham Lincoln cent, Thomas Jefferson nickel, Franklin D. Roosevelt dime and George Washington quarter-dollar -- can ... More

'The James Museum from Home' offers weekly online content and interactive experiences
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.- The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art offers numerous ways to stay engaged and enriched with newly curated weekly content available online for free. Every Tuesday, “The James Museum from Home” will release a new theme related to the collection and post interactive content for audiences to enjoy. The theme for this week is Cowboys. “We hope to give our audience respite and delight by sharing the stories of the American West both past and present,” said Laura Hine, executive director of The James Museum. “The James Museum from Home is allowing us all to consider and experience the museum in a whole new way.” Packed with a variety of materials, “The James Museum from Home” is a fun way the museum can offer an educational and reliable resource from the comfort of home. ... More

Francis Bacon: Late Paintings Opening Day Lecture with Curator Alison de Lima Greene

On a day like today, Dutch painter Melchior d'Hondecoeter died
April 03, 1695. Melchior d'Hondecoeter (c. 1636 - 3 April 1695), Dutch animalier painter, was born in Utrecht and died in Amsterdam. After the start of his career, he painted virtually exclusively bird subjects, usually exotic or game, in park-like landscapes. In this image: Still Life with Cock, Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp

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