In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, galleries and cultural institutions found themselves migrating online. The transition to virtual has been a mixed bag: some galleries made the move smoothly, while others have struggled. Many have upped their social media presence and outfitted their websites with new, interactive features. We have watched an entire industry expand beyond brick-and-mortar frantically, out of necessity. Michael Rose, the current gallery manager at Providence Art Club, found himself ahead of the virtual curve. “In the fall of 2019, I think I realized in earnest that in addition to my blog and other assets included on my freelance advising and appraisal website, I could use my platform to create virtual exhibitions.” As an appraiser and art historian, along with his work at the Art Club, Rose was in a unique position, “Because my day job is managing the … [Read more...] about WILL VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS REMAIN ONLINE WHEN GALLERIES REOPEN?
It can be difficult visiting familiar locations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Well-trodden streets are empty — major avenues, such as Commonwealth Avenue here in Boston, have limited auto traffic to allow more pedestrian and bike access. Local shops and restaurants are running on curb pick-up only, and galleries are just beginning to work out appointment only viewings — all dependent on space and safety. But all over, dotting businesses, apartment windows and sometimes stapled to telephone-poles are handmade hearts. Some are painted on wood. Others made of paper in a style most of us learned in kindergarten. It is a strange, albeit uplifting, sight. The phenomenon is a show of support for essential workers — the nurses, doctors, grocery store staff, MBTA drivers, postal workers, paramedics and others — who have kept daily life running as close to normal as possible during the … [Read more...] about THE HEARTS FOR HEALTHCARE AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS PROJECT
The revolution will be televised and it has begun, with apologies to Gil Scott-Heron who thought it wouldn’t be, although it was also, as he wrote, live. We are changing society for the better, and creatives who can imagine a better present and future, in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and staggering unemployment amid a catastrophic economic depression are leading it. The video of George Floyd’s murder makes clear what happened. It cannot be denied nor termed fake news. Video is art, the documentary presents the raw and despicable manner in which his breath was slowly eked out of him. We all watched in horror and reacted, marching, peacefully demonstrating with signs, artfully composed to reflect the rapid reaction to this killing, with letters and torn cardboard signs as rough as the murder itself. As the White House perimeter was extended for the President to walk to St. … [Read more...] about EDITORIAL: LIVE FROM WASHINGTON: THE REVOLUTION WAS TELEVISED
One of four current National Association of Women Artists Massachusetts Chapter (NAWA MA) online exhibitions, “Floating Dreams” is poignant and peaceful — a welcome invitation to reflect and an engaging collection of works. The show explores, in tandem, the realms of the subconscious mind and the physical, tactile world. Full of pieces that one might not immediately associate with its theme, “Floating Dreams” challenges viewers to stay present and inquisitive among each contributing artists’ work. And this seems to be exactly what “Floating Dreams” is about: leaving ample space for interpretation; implying the slightly fantastical or subtly surreal; and allowing us to access our inner dreams, constant within us though scarcely recognized. In viewing the exhibition as a whole, the inspirational force of the natural world becomes clear. A few works feature obvious representations of … [Read more...] about BEST OF ONLINE SHOWS: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN ARTISTS MASSACHUSETTS CHAPTER’S “FLOATING DREAMS” STRIKES A CHORD
On the night of April 14, around 9:18 p.m., a major water main under Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End neighborhood burst. The damage was extensive: parts of the street collapsed, cars were submerged and an adjacent parking lot began to fill with murky water. Some residents were forced to evacuate and Eversouce cut electricity to the area. SOWA, the neighborhood’s arts and design district, was hit particularly hard. One of the complexes, 460 Harrison Ave, houses a labyrinth of studios and galleries. Many of the galleries are located in the building’s basement, and many of them were flooded, bearing the brunt of the destruction. Fountain Street — an artist’s collective — was almost totally submerged. Marie Craig, Fountain’s director, awoke to a message from the space’s building manager, informing her about the flooding. “I watched the attached video of the flood and felt … [Read more...] about FOUNTAIN STREET, GALATEA GALLERIES KEEP STRONG ONLINE PRESENCE, SLOWLY REBUILD, AFTER SOUTH END FLOODING
The landscape of the art market has clearly changed over the past three months. Economic challenges pervade the art market as other sectors equally feel the negative effects of shutdowns due to the coronavirus, but art markets, museums and artists uniquely suffer due to restrictions placed upon them by patrons and institutions. They, in turn, have explored possible approaches to increase their funding, some successfully and some not. The prohibition of large gatherings has ended art fairs, biennales and triennials for the time being, and may limit them in the future. Even if the sponsors choose to go on with the extravaganzas, they recognize that potential visitors, gallery directors and curators will be lax to get on a plane to attend. Art Basel, the granddaddy of art fairs has responded to the potential threat as best they can. They refunded 75 percent of the fees of galleries and … [Read more...] about THE BUSINESS OF ART: MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES FACE INTENSE CHALLENGES AND CHANGES