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News 04 Apr 2020

It’s been a busy week for the art world. With cancellations and uncertainty surrounding EVERYTHING, it’s been hard for us to think about anything other than how our own personal lives have been affected by a certain disruptor called COVID-19. But, in the midst of coronavirus related panic, there have been a number developments in terms of global art news. So, sit down for a minute, take a deep breath, and let us update you on what happened this week.

ART

The Louvre Re-Opens

Here’s a piece of good news, hooray! While institutions are shutting their doors left, right and centre, Paris’s Louvre has reopened theirs! After staff and management met with doctors to discuss ways of protecting themselves from coronavirus, the museum is now open. That said, tickets can now only be purchased through self-service machines and you can only make purchases in stores using cards, not cash. Better to be safe than sorry!

Virgil Abloh Comes To Boston

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Last Summer art and fashion favourite Virgil Abloh opened his Figures Of Speech exhibition at MCA Chicago, moving to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. And it is now set to open at the ICA Boston. The exhibition that looks at Abloh’s relationship to art, architecture, design, fashion and music will be open between July 4 and October 18, 2020. 

KAWS And Yayoi Kusama Archival Works Go On Display

New York based art and lifestyle collective League Of Their Own are opening an exhibition of archival works by KAWS, George Condo, Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama. League Homes will take place at New York’s Padre Gallery between March 12-15. 

Willow Smith Is Now A Performance Artist

At just 19 years old, Willow Smith has already had hit records and acted in blockbuster movies, so the logical next step is…performance art? Together with Tyler Cole, Willow will lock herself in a box at MOCA Los Angeles acting out the eight stages of anxiety to raise awareness about mental health. Who knows, we may have a new Marina Abramovic on our hands…

FASHION

Daniel Arsham Collabs With Dior (Again)

Dior Mens and Daniel Arsham are at it again, making art together inspired by Arsham’s installation at the recent Dior Mens 2020 runway show in Paris. The pieces include telephones, basketballs and books, all of which have been given Arsham’s signature eroded treatment.

MARKET

Francis Bacon Goes Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

An iconic triptych by Francis Bacon will be sold at Sotheby’s New York on May 13. Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus was inspired by a Greek tragedy and is currently in the collection of the founder of a private contemporary art museum in Oslo, who is selling the work to fund the institution. It is estimated to go for $60 million.

Lisson Gallery To Open New NYC Space

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Join us tonight for the opening reception for Richard Long's first exhibition with Lisson Gallery in New York. FROM A ROLLING STONE TO NOW features a new mud work using tidal mud from the banks of the River Avon in Bristol, a grey slate line, sourced from quarries in Virginia, and a large text work (2005/2015) documenting two journeys, fifteen years apart: one crosses his local prototype moorland landscape and the other a day’s bicycle ride of 120 miles between London and Bristol, recording memories of when he made the ride occasionally as an art student. The exhibition is on view concurrently with RICHARD LONG: MUDDY HEAVEN at Sperone Westwater in New York. Both galleries will host opening receptions from 5-7pm this evening, Thursday 5 March. To learn more, click the link in our bio. #RichardLong #LissonGallery #LissonGalleryNewYork @speronewestwater

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Lisson is set to open its second New York Space on May 5 with an exhibition of British artist Ryan Gander’s work. Timed to coincide with New York’s Frieze Art Fair, Lisson is among a number of gallery’s increasing their presence in the city, with David Zwirner and Hauser & Wirth both also expanding in the big apple.

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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