Metropolitan Museum of Art Pushes Back Reopening—and More Art News – ARTnews.com


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Coronavirus

After it originally planned to start allowing visitors in July, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has pushed back its expected opening date to mid-August—or potentially even later. [The Art Newspaper]

Marc Quinn is making a new series of “viral paintings” that are intended to act as a visual diary of his experiences with the coronavirus pandemic. [The Guardian]

Wolfgang Tillmans has released a new song about self-isolation and social distancing. [MoMA Magazine]

Controversy

Lawyer Neal M. Sher has called on the Whitney Museum to be stripped of its tax-exempt status because it led a “smear campaign” against Warren B. Kanders, its former vice chair. [The New York Times]

Uncertainty

Erika Balsom addresses art historian Hal Foster’s new book What Comes After Farce?, a treatise on how—or whether—art needs to respond to the politics of its day. [Art in America]

Art students graduating as the coronavirus pandemic rages on face challenges and increased uncertainty. [The New York Times]

Artists

An Instagram account with half a million followers has propelled artist Cj Hendry to fame. Whereas a gallery used to be essential to getting an artist’s work out there, “now you can show people whatever you want at any time you wish,” the artist said. [CNN]

According to the Sunday Times “Rich List,” Damien Hirst is still the richest artist in the United Kingdom. [The Sunday Times]

Market

Johnson Chang, founder of Hong Kong’s Hanart TZ Gallery, envisions a bright future for the city’s art scene: “Of course, you can’t be a curator and not be an optimist. Post Covid-19 should be an exciting time.” [South China Morning Post]



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