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Coronavirus

Representatives from Spanish arts groups have met to discuss how they can offer funds to galleries that are suffering during the country’s coronavirus shutdown. [El País]

See a concise guide to places offering coronavirus-related financial aid in the form of loans and grants in countries such as the United States, Italy, and elsewhere. [The Art Newspaper]

According to one study, San Francisco’s arts organizations could stand to lose $73 million while they are closed because of the coronavirus. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Maurice Berger, the art historian and curator known for his clear-eyed writings about racism and the art world, has died at 63 years old of coronavirus-related complications. [ARTnews]

Going Online

More than 4,500 people have signed a petition urging the Royal College of Art, a major art school in London, to postpone all education until it is safe to return to school instead of offering online courses. [The Guardian]

Amid all the fear and anxiety surrounding the coronavirus, some online users have begun posting art memes in the hope of creating laughs. [The Washington Post]

The Critics

Critic Andrew Russeth addresses art in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. “Suddenly, a lot of art looks very different,” he writes. [Artforum]

Adrian Searle selects some of his favorite online galleries, including a Martin Creed performance posted by Hauser & Wirth and presentations by the Prado. [The Guardian]

Market

Art lending has become an attractive way for collectors to obtain enough money to drop a lot of money on expensive artworks in one fell swoop. [Barron’s]



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