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  • A woman wearing a face mask on her phone outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London. Photo: PA Images/Alamy.

    Coronavirus Art-World Tracker: Canceled and Rescheduled Events

    Since its emergence in Wuhan, China, last December, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has upended numerous cities and countries across the globe. Among the various sectors that have been heavily affected is the art world—an industry fueled by perpetual itinerancy as well as social gatherings of mass scale and close proximity. As the public health crisis escalates, art organizations have shut down events, have announced postponements, or are carefully trying to trudge forward. Here is a continually refreshed list of major events and institutions that have made such decisions due to the virus, which

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  • Jeffery Camp. Photo: Suffolk Artists.

    Jeffery Camp (1923–2020)

    English painter and draughtsman Jeffery Camp, whose multiperspectival pastoral landscapes were inspired by London’s parks and England’s south coast beaches, has died at age ninety-six. Camp’s canvases were described by Barry Schwabsky in the December 2001 issue of Artforum as “informed by an irreverent eye for the distinctions between penetrating observation and glamorizing cliché . . . An Elysium of idiosyncratic painterliness in which the fluidity and dash of a paintbrush’s mercurial movements convey, above all, vision’s avid excursions through a world whose every surface is so seductive the

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  • Serge Lasvignes, 2019. Photo: Thibaut Chapotot/Centre Pompidou.

    Serge Lasvignes to Serve Second Term as Centre Pompidou President

    French Minister of Culture Franck Riester has renewed the contract of Serge Lasvignes, the president of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. On Wednesday, April 1, the ministry announced that he would serve for a second term. Its decision to allow Lasvignes to lead the institution for an additional three years came as a surprise since the government had previously mandated that heads of public establishments must retire by the age of sixty-seven. In a statement, the ministry cited the institution’s need for continuity when it opted not to unseat Lasvignes, who turned sixty-six in March. 

    Lasvignes, who

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  • Courtesy of Front International.

    Cleveland’s Front International Postpones 2021 Triennial

    Front International, the Cleveland triennial for contemporary art, announced today that it is pushing back its 2021 edition to 2022. “This was not an easy decision, but it is the right one, both for us and our partners,” Front executive director and CEO Fred Bidwell said in a statement. “The postponement will allow us to present the best version of Front that we can, something we hope will serve as a beacon of hope at the end of this difficult time.”

    Front’s partners, which include Akron Art Museum, Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Museum

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  • Michael McKinnell. Courtesy of the architect’s family.

    Michael McKinnell (1935–2020)

    Brutalist architect Michael McKinnell, whose career was launched when he entered and won a competition to build Boston’s City Hall with his late partner Gerhard Kallmann as a graduate student in 1962, died on March 27 in Beverly, Massachusetts, at the age of eighty-four. The New York Times reports that McKinnell’s wife, Stephanie Mallis, confirmed that the cause was COVID-19.

    McKinnell was born Noel Michael McKinnell in Salford, Manchester, England, on December 25, 1935. He came to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship and enrolled in the graduate school program at Columbia University in

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  • The Whitney Museum of American Art.

    MoMA and New Museum Among NY Institutions Cutting Jobs to Curb Deficits

    Major museums across New York City are laying off workers and furloughing employees to reduce payroll expenses as they brace to lose millions of dollars because of the COVID-19 quarantine. Within the course of a week, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) laid off all eighty-five of its freelance education workers, the New Museum furloughed nearly one third of its full- and part-time staffers, and the Whitney Museum of American Art let go seventy-six employees who were unable to work remotely.

    “We have made these decisions with great reluctance as we continue to assess this new and unforeseen landscape

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  • Laura Raicovich. Photo: Michael Angelo.

    Leslie-Lohman Museum Appoints Laura Raicovich Interim Director

    The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in New York has named arts administrator, curator, and writer Laura Raicovich, the former head of the Queens Museum, as interim director. Raicovich was elected during a recent meeting of the institution’s board of trustees and will replace Gonzalo Casals, who was hired as commissioner of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs last month.

    “Laura is an ally to the queer community and the perfect fit to lead the museum,” Casals said. “I am active in the civic life of Jackson Heights, and I witnessed firsthand how she transformed Queens Museum into a dynamic,

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  • Renato Danese. Photo: Danese/Corey.

    Renato Danese (1944–2020)

    New York gallerist Renato Danese, who together with Carol Corey ran the gallery Danese/Corey for more than twenty years, died at his home in Westerly, Rhode Island, on Thursday, April 2, at the age of seventy-six years old. Corey confirmed that the cause of death was cancer. 

    Danese was raised in New Jersey and New York and studied English at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Under Walter Hopps’s tutelage, he began his career as a curator of twentieth-century art at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, an independent arts space that exhibited the work of Sam Gilliam, Arshile Gorky,

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  • The logo Indianapolis Contemporary unveiled following its rebranding last year.

    Citing COVID-19 and Economic Hardship, Indianapolis Contemporary to Permanently Close

    The Indianapolis Contemporary (I/C), which was formerly the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, announced on Friday that it will permanently close after serving the community for a period of nineteen years. The decision was made following an internal review that “determined it was not economically feasible to continue operations.”

    “The challenges of operating a contemporary art nonprofit organization in Indianapolis have been considerable since our founding in 2001,” said board president Casey Cronin. “The impact of the coronavirus is certain to exacerbate economic hardships and reduce

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  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Dubai, at the 2019 edition of Art Dubai. Courtesy of Art Dubai.

    UAE Buys $400,000 Worth of Art from Emirati Artists [Updated]

    After Art Dubai, a major revenue driver for galleries in the region, canceled its in-person events and moved the fair online, the United Arab Emirates announced that it purchased more than $400,000 worth of art produced by emerging and established Emirati artists for the UAE’s embassies. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Office of Public and Cultural promoted the acquisition campaign as one of a number of new programs designed to shore up the local arts ecosystem.

    “With the cancelation of the many art events that were scheduled to take place this season, we wanted to send a message of solidarity

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  • Timothy R. Rodgers. Photo: Lynton Gardiner.

    Phoenix Art Museum Names Timothy R. Rodgers Director and CEO

    Phoenix Art Museum has appointed Timothy R. Rodgers as its next director and CEO. Rodgers comes to the institution from the Wolfsonian–Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, which he has led since 2015. He succeeds Amada Cruz, who departed in the summer of 2019 to head the Seattle Art Museum, and will assume his post after July 1.

    “Tim is a seasoned director and scholar whose leadership experience and ability to bring communities together made him the ideal candidate for Phoenix Art Museum,” said Mark Feldman, a cochair of the museum’s board of trustees. “His proven track record

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  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Photo: Wikipedia.

    US Cultural Sector Mobilizes to Provide Coronavirus Relief to Artists and Arts Institutions

    As millions of Americans attempt to cope with social and financial hardships during the coronavirus pandemic—more than ten million people filed for unemployment benefits over the last two weeks alone—philanthropists, foundations, and other organizations are stepping forward to help with COVID-19 relief efforts. While the global health crisis has impacted every facet of the job market, due to the cancelation of fairs, exhibitions, and other art-world events and the closure of galleries and museums, artists are especially vulnerable.

    The latest organizations to answer the collective call for aid

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