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  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Courtesy of the Met.

    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 it will result in a $100 million shortfall, the New York Times reports. The forecast follows the United States Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation on Monday that gatherings of more than fifty people should be suspended for at least eight weeks. To make up for the loss, the museum is setting up an emergency fund of more than $50 million with monies that are usually allocated for acquisitions

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  • Frieze New York 2019. Photo: Mark Blower. Courtesy of Frieze.

    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 edition of its New York fair, which was set to take place at Randall’s Island Park from May 7 to May 10. In a joint statement, the fair’s organizers—Victoria Siddall, the global director of Frieze Fairs, and Loring Randolph, director of Frieze New York—said the decision was made “in light of global health concerns” and in compliance with the “advice and restrictions from local, national, international

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  • Art Basel Hong Kong Launches Its Online Viewing Rooms

    Art Basel launched today the inaugural edition of its Online Viewing Rooms, which features more than two thousand artworks presented by 231 galleries from thirty-one countries and territories. Many of the works are what visitors to Art Basel Hong Kong would have seen in person had the fair not been canceled because of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. This first iteration of the new digital initiative will hold preview days on Wednesday and Thursday and will run from March 20 to March 25.

    “I am so pleased that we are able to provide our exhibitors with an alternative platform to show the

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  • Jamey Gambrell. Photo: Beowulf Sheehan for PEN America.

    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, died on February 15 in Manhattan. The cause was cancer; she was sixty-five years old.

    Born and raised in New York, Gambrell earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, studied French and Russian at the Sorbonne in Paris, and completed her master’s degree in Slavic languages at Columbia University in Manhattan before traveling to Moscow in the 1980s. She worked as an

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  • Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee.

    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 merger with Belmont University, a local private Christian institution. The decision has since been fiercely contested by the majority of the college’s student body, comprising 171 enrollees, and its fourteen-member faculty, who have voiced concerns over the university’s policies and culture, which they claim is not welcoming to LGBTQ students or educators. J. Kline, who had brokered the deal with Belmont, was placed on leave in mid-February, after Watkins’s faculty held a vote of no confidence.

    In an attempt

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  • Vittorio Gregotti, 1975. Photo: Adriano Alecchi.

    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 Companys in Barcelona into the 1992 Olympic Stadium during the course of his prolific career, has passed away. The ninety-two-year-old died of pneumonia caused by COVID-19 in San Giuseppe Hospital in Milan on March 15. Due to the high number of cases of the coronavirus in Italy—it had more than 31,500 confirmed cases at the time of this article’s publication—the entire country has been under lockdown,

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  • Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Hong Kong.

    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 no reason for ending its program indefinitely other than “student safety and academic quality.”

    Students “in good standing” who do not complete their degrees by June may have the option of transfering from SCAD Hong Kong to the college’s campus in the United States. While tuition fees remain comparable between the US and Hong Kong branches, expenditures for relocation and visas have remained

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  • Wolf Kahn. Photo: Miles McEnery Gallery.

    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 practice, Kahn cofounded the Hansa Gallery, one of the many midcentury co-ops on Tenth Street, which showed the work of George Segal, Jane Wilson, and Lucas Samaras, among other artists. Kahn’s wife of more than six decades, the painter Emily Mason, died last December.

    Richly infused with explosive color combinations, his representational paintings of traditional landscape subject matter—hillsides,

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  • The National Portrait Gallery, London. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.

    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 under financial pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The group is proposing that the UK pull the $145 million in funds it had allocated to the “festival of Brexit,” a UK-wide celebration of its departure from the European Union, and reinvest the sum into its cultural sector. 

    “We are calling for an emergency fund to be created to support museums through this difficult period,” Sharon Heal, director

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  • Bill Stern in February of 2020. Photo: Charles Rosenberg.

    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 exhibitions he contributed to either as organizer or lender include “California Design: From Missions to Modernism” (2001) and “California Design, 1930–1965: ‘Living in a Modern Way’” (2011).

    Stern was born in New York City in 1941. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Alaska in 1964, he returned to his hometown to study comparative literature at Columbia University. Stern

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  • Nicole Herden. Photo: Todd Gottula. 

    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 Boise, Idaho, where she has served as a curator at the Boise Art Museum for the past four years. During her tenure at the institution, she developed over four dozen exhibitions and helped expand the permanent collection by nearly five hundred works of art. Herden will succeed Audrey Kauders, who retired in June 2019 after seventeen years at the museum.

    “We are thrilled to hire someone with Nicole’s

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  • Beatriz Cortez, Nomad 13, 2017.

    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 explores topics such as versions of modernity, memory and loss in the aftermath of war, and migration, and Woods, who is best known for her multichannel video installations, photographs, and collages, will be given $10,000 in unrestricted funds. The artist grants were supported by the Angeles Art Fund and the Capital Group. Fallah, who was selected as the Marciano Art Foundation Artadia Awardee, will

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