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artforum.com

Mar 20 2020
Hundreds Petition NYC to Aid Galleries Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
More than six hundred arts professionals are https://www.change.org/p/covid-19-relief-for-nyc-art-galleries-artists-and-art-workers calling for New York City to provide disaster relief to nonprofits,
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The Guardian

Mar 20 2020
Helmut Newton's Retro Verseau: a study in erotic ambiguity

The German-Australian photographer plays with domination and submission in this high-art fashion shoot

This signature 1979 Helmut Newton shot casts the 19-year-old gay supermodel Gia Carangi with Robin Osler, who leans over her like an elegantly lecherous lizard in Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking tux.

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The Guardian

Mar 19 2020
From vermin to fashion: 'These people hate cane toads so much they want a piece'

Designers, jewellers and artists are turning northern Australia’s noxious pests into handbags, high heels and even fetish masks

Lia Tabrah, who runs the fashion label Vermin with Perina Drummond, didn’t realise how strongly Australians feel about cane toads.

The designer started creating handbags made from the pest’s skin a few years ago, assuming “it would be a niche thing – maybe tourism, maybe [for the] European market”. Now she and Drummond have curated a toad-themed exhibition for Melbourne design week. Covid-19 precautions have now closed the show, but Tabrah says Vermin has a waiting list of orders for “handbags, man bags, wallets and stubby coolers”.

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artforum.com

Mar 19 2020
Cannes Film Festival Postponed
The seventy-third Cannes Film Festival will no longer take place from May 12 to May 23, https://variety.com/2020/biz/festivals/cannes-film-festival-postponed-late-june-dates-being-considered-1203539435/
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artforum.com

Mar 19 2020
Conservators at Major Dutch Museums Donate Face Masks to Medical Workers
As the coronavirus outbreak worsens across the globe and the supply of protective equipment dwindles, the conservators at the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam—which
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artforum.com

Mar 19 2020
Monika Maurer-Morgenstern
Sometimes you just need to have a quiet word with yourself. German artist Monika Maurer-Morgenstern’s works conjure such a psychological space: a many-colored penetrating self-dialogue, by turns calming
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The New York Times

Mar 19 2020
This Artist Got His Start as an I.C.U. Nurse
This Artist Got His Start as an I.C.U. Nurse
Nate Lewis developed a visual language in the rhythms of EKGs. Now, his intricate works on paper take the scalpel to society.
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The New York Times

Mar 19 2020
Romare Bearden’s Rarely Seen Abstract Side
Although famous for figurative works, the American modernist had a little-known foray into abstract painting that included some of his best work.
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The New York Times

Mar 19 2020
Met Museum Prepares for $100 Million Loss Due to Coronavirus
Met Museum Prepares for $100 Million Loss Due to Coronavirus
The Met’s executives say the coronavirus outbreak makes painful layoffs likely for every cultural institution.
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artforum.com

Mar 19 2020
Maria Fernanda Cardoso Awarded NSW Visual Arts Fellowship
Maria Fernanda Cardoso, the Colombia-born, Sydney-based artist who creates nature-inspired sculptures and installations comprising unconventional and organic materials, has been named the recipient of
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artforum.com

Mar 19 2020
Bonhams Announces Closures Following Staff Complaints
Following an article published by https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/bonhams-los-angeles-auction-coronavirus-1202681426/ Artnews detailing staff complaints about the working conditions at Bonhams
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The New York Times

Mar 19 2020
Take a (Solo) Stroll. Your Next Art Fix May Be Around the Block.
Take a (Solo) Stroll. Your Next Art Fix May Be Around the Block.
In these challenging times, New York City’s small delights can offer a respite. Our critic reflects on a few old friends while practicing social distancing.
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The Guardian

Mar 19 2020
DIY curators let loose on huge online collection of British art

Public invited to create own exhibitions from 216,000 paintings and sculptures

For anyone who feels they could do a better job than the art professionals who choose what we see at exhibitions comes a game-changing project: curate your own show.

The charity Art UK, which lists every publicly owned oil painting on its online database and is in the process of adding every sculpture, has announced details of a new curation tool.

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The New York Times

Mar 19 2020
The Extravagance of Less
The Extravagance of Less
In a tiny seaside Tuscan village, a minimalist architect and designer proves that living with little but history can be the richest existence of all.
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The Guardian

Mar 19 2020
In a spectacular fashion: the escapist world of Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel – in pictures

From a rocket in flight to a life-sized recreation of a ski chalet, the late designer will go down in history as the creator of epic moments of visual fantasy

All pictures: Simon Procter

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The New York Times

Mar 19 2020
To All the Snowmen We’ve Made Together
One collector’s obsession with photographs of winter’s most ephemeral friend.
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The Guardian

Mar 19 2020
Build, bulldoze, repeat: China's dizzying changes – in pictures

From bridges to flowers, from cities to gorges, Teresa Eng spent four years exploring her ancestral roots in China, capturing a country modernising at breakneck speed

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artforum.com

Mar 18 2020
The Met Predicts Closure Through July, $100 Million Shortfall
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the first major New York institution to temporarily shut its doors in response to the coronavirus, is expecting the closure to last through July and is predicting that
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artforum.com

Mar 18 2020
Orian Barki and Meriem Bennani’s series from self-isolation
Artforum is pleased to host this https://www.instagram.com/meriembennani/?hl=en Instagram video by Orian Barki and Meriem Bennani, made while self-isolating because of COVID-19. Beautiful moment of
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artforum.com

Mar 18 2020
Orian Barki and Meriem Bennani, 2 Lizards: Episode 1, 2020
Artforum is pleased to host this https://www.instagram.com/meriembennani/?hl=en Instagram video by Orian Barki and Meriem Bennani, made while self-isolating because of COVID-19. Beautiful moment of
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The New York Times

Mar 18 2020
America’s Big Museums on the Hot Seat
America’s Big Museums on the Hot Seat
As the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston commemorate their 150th birthdays in a state of heightened scrutiny, our critic offers a five-point plan to save the souls of our venerable institutions.
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artforum.com

Mar 18 2020
Frieze New York Cancels 2020 Edition Amid Coronavirus Turmoil
Following the cancelation and rescheduling of major international art fairs, including Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Cologne, and Art Dubai, Frieze announced on Wednesday that it has called off the ninth
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The New York Times

Mar 18 2020
Frieze Cancels New York Art Fair Amid Coronavirus Concerns
Frieze Cancels New York Art Fair Amid Coronavirus Concerns
The move follows other art fair changes, like the cancellation of Art Basel Hong Kong and the early closing of Tefaf Maastricht.
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The New York Times

Mar 18 2020
She Tracked Nazi-Looted Art. She Quit When No One Returned It.
A researcher stopped working for a German museum after she says she lost faith in its commitment to return works with tainted provenances.
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The Guardian

Mar 18 2020
William Burke obituary

My friend William Burke, who has died of a heart attack aged 71, was a distinguished gallerist and collector whose passionate love of the arts led to close associations with many notable cultural figures. As an American in Paris, he was also an anglophile, who nurtured friendships and professional relations between New York, London and Paris.

Born in the small Bible belt town of Marianna, Arkansas, William was the adopted son of Robert Burke, a post office clerk, and his wife, Sarah (nee Stevenson). He grew up in a modest home, built by his father, in what was a poor community during the American civil rights era.

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The Guardian

Mar 18 2020
Alan Caiger-Smith obituary
Founder of Aldermaston Pottery who was a noted ceramic scholar

Alan Caiger-Smith, who has died aged 90, was the founder of Aldermaston Pottery, which employed an average of eight co-workers over 38 years, some 60 men and women passing through the pottery in a village more usually associated with atomic weapons. Caiger-Smith was the first among equals, his employees guided by his distinctive earthenware forms, evolved through the process of throwing and his understanding of historical Islamic ceramics.

His bowls, plates, teapots, goblets, albarelli, jugs and majestic tall jars, some over 4ft in height, were all tin-glazed white and decorated with brushwork that looked both abstract and calligraphic, often reduction fired to achieve lustre effects, in wood-fired kilns he designed and built himself. Aldermaston Pottery ran from 1955 until 1993, proof that a collaborative group of creative craftspeople could achieve economic success and artistic recognition alongside the economies of scale inherent in industrial production.

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The New York Times

Mar 18 2020
Art With the Flavors of Texas
Art With the Flavors of Texas
Local talent can be overlooked among the riches of Dallas. An exhibition seeks to change that.
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artforum.com

Mar 18 2020
Art Basel Hong Kong Launches Its Online Viewing Rooms
Art Basel launched today the inaugural edition of its https://www.artbasel.com/viewing-rooms Online Viewing Rooms , which features more than two thousand artworks presented by 231 galleries from
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artforum.com

Mar 18 2020
Jamey Gambrell (1954–2020)
Writer, critic, translator, and former Artforum editor Jamey Gambrell, who introduced contemporary Russian writers Aleksandr Rodchenko, Vladimir Sorokin, and Tatyana Tolstaya to English-speaking audiences,
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artforum.com

Mar 18 2020
Students Attempt to Block Merger of Nashville Art School with Christian University
The Watkins College of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, announced in January a controversial  https://www.artforum.com/news/artistic-freedom-at-nashville-art-school-threatened-by-merger-with-christian-university-82087
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The New York Times

Mar 18 2020
For Faye Toogood, the Rough Draft Is Also the Final Product
For Faye Toogood, the Rough Draft Is Also the Final Product
The British designer’s new collection of furniture embraces the “rawness and primitive qualities” of small-scale models.
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artforum.com

Mar 18 2020
Vittorio Gregotti (1927–2020)
Italian architect, theorist, urban planner, and educator Vittorio Gregotti, known for designing opera houses, arenas, and other large-scale constructions and for transforming the Estadi Olímpic Lluís
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The Guardian

Mar 18 2020
Smile-ing Boys Project – in pictures

Kay Rufai’s portraits of smiling black boys from south London came out of an initiative that investigated the lack of mental health provisions for black teenagers. The photographs will be on display at Brixton Village

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The Guardian

Mar 18 2020
From barrio to beach: a Spanish odyssey – in pictures

Carlos Pérez Siquier captured a changing Spain. Switching from poetic black and white to joyous colour, his pioneering work chronicles barrio life and the freedoms of the beach

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The Guardian

Mar 17 2020
The Act of Love: using photography to spread unity during a pandemic

New York artist Arina Voronova has created a street art project aimed at promoting love and support at a difficult time

At a construction site on the Lower East Side, there’s a set of posters far different than the rest: they show photographs of people kissing while wearing surgical masks. Art in the age of Covid-19? Perhaps. But also a call for unity as the nation faces pressure living under the weight of pandemic.

Related: Plague visionaries: how Rembrandt, Titian and Caravaggio tackled pestilence

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The Guardian

Mar 17 2020
Photographs of black teenagers that stare prejudice in the face | Irena Barker

Kay Rufai’s images of smiling 13-year-olds are one project confronting damaging stereotypes of black boys and men

In terms of challenging stereotypes and representations of black boys this was so powerful for me … because it’s not an image that you’re used to ever seeing, and you question why it has such an impact on you,” says Kay Rufai. He is talking about the 16 large-scale colour photographs of teenage boys that went on display at City Hall in London last autumn. They are distinctive in that each of the 13-year-olds is smiling, captured in moments of happiness, relaxation and vulnerability.

Related: 'They think I'm a gangster': the young black men caught in joblessness

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The Guardian

Mar 17 2020
The death of Aubrey Beardsley - archive, 18 March 1898

18 March 1898 The artist showed a feeling for the value of line and an ingenuity in devising striking patterns that were unusual in so young a man

The death is announced, at Mentone, of Mr Aubrey Beardsley, the young designer whose black and white work has gained so considerable a vogue during the last five years. He was born in 1874, educated at the Brighton Grammar School, and placed in an architect’s office at the age of fifteen. Disliking the profession, he left it in 1890 to become a clerk in a London insurance office, where he stayed a few years. Meanwhile he had begun to draw, and some of his designs, it is said, had gained the approval of Sir Edward Burne-Jones and M Puvis de Chavannes. He was, indeed, a disciple of the English painter, as the illustrations which he made for the Morte d’Arthur published by Messrs Dent in 1893 and 1894 showed plainly enough. In any case, the sometimes morbid originality of his work soon attracted attention, and he was able to devote himself entirely to design.

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The Guardian

Mar 17 2020
Coronavirus collabs: the social media games entertaining the masses – and bringing us together

From a film club on Twitter to Spotify playlists and a covers concert making its way through Instagram, creatives are finding ways to keep you entertained

What’s quarantine without a fun way to pass the time? As pandemic-induced social distancing pushes more and more people to the solitude of the home, self-isolators have started coming up with ways to entertain themselves, their neighbours and strangers around the world through social media.

Related: Coronaviral: the best memes, tweets and cartoons to get you through – open thread

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The New York Times

Mar 17 2020
New York Art Galleries: The Virtual Experience
With most spaces shuttered, art galleries are getting creative about presenting work online. Here are two great shows viewable from home.
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artforum.com

Mar 17 2020
SCAD Hong Kong to Close Permanently
Students are protesting the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Hong Kong’s decision to close in June. The school has been conducting online classes since February due to the coronavirus, but gave
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artforum.com

Mar 17 2020
Wolf Kahn (1927–2020)
German artist Wolf Kahn, whose controlled, atmospheric oil and pastel landscapes fused realism and Color Field painting, has died at the age of ninety-two. In addition to his seventy-year painting
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artforum.com

Mar 17 2020
Museums Association Urges UK to Launch Emergency Fund with $145M Earmarked for Brexit Festival
The Museums Association (MA), a United Kingdom–based advocacy organization that represents more than 1,500 museums, is asking the government to establish an emergency fund for cultural institutions
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artforum.com

Mar 17 2020
Bill Stern (1941–2020)
Bill Stern, a curator and avid collector whose fascination with California pottery led him to found the Museum of California Design, has died at age seventy-eight at his home in Los Angeles. The many
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The New York Times

Mar 17 2020
It Was Their Big Debut. Then a Pandemic Hit.
It Was Their Big Debut. Then a Pandemic Hit.
Artists, actors, dancers and authors search for a silver lining as openings are disrupted by the virus outbreak.
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The New York Times

Mar 17 2020
New York Arts Institutions Closed Because of Coronavirus
New York Arts Institutions Closed Because of Coronavirus
Broadway, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Opera are among the institutions that have closed their doors and suspended their programs.
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The New York Times

Mar 17 2020
Handmade Visions on the Crafts Trail in Mexico
A journey through lesser-known artisan villages of Michoacán reveals the ever-changing nature of their tradition.
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artforum.com

Mar 17 2020
Florence Jung
While sitting in a tramcar on my way to the exhibition venue, I noticed a curious ad for Florence Jung’s solo exhibition: “If there is one name you never utter, call 0775050362.” The intrigue continued
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The New York Times

Mar 17 2020
Art Galleries Respond to Virus Outbreak With Online Viewing Rooms
After canceling its fair, Art Basel Hong Kong will present more than 2,000 works online with an estimated value of $270 million. That’s just the beginning as the art world goes virtual.
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artforum.com

Mar 17 2020
Nicole Herden Named Executive Director of Museum of Nebraska Art
The Museum of Nebraska Art (MoNA) has appointed Nicole Herden as its new executive director. Herden heads to the institution, which is affiliated with the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), from
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artforum.com

Mar 17 2020
Artadia Names 2020 Los Angeles Awardees
Artadia has announced the recipients of the sixth annual Los Angeles Artadia Awards: Beatriz Cortez, Amir H. Fallah, and Suné Woods. Cortez, a Los Angeles–based multidisciplinary artist, whose work
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