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MSCHF cut up a $30,000 Damien Hirst spot painting

Cutting up a $30,000 artwork might have some seeing spots at the mere thought of doing something so seemingly crazy. The faint of heart might want to stop there as that’s exactly what MSCHF, a Brooklyn-based collective of artists and designers, have done and it isn’t some quarantine-induced lapse of judgement (we see those at-home […]

Damien Hirst spreads hope with Butterfly Rainbow to show solidarity with NHS

In the UK, rainbows have been popping up in windows and storefronts, from hand drawn creations to elaborate designs, as a reminder to stay positive during the pandemic as to show solidarity with the NHS and its workers. British artist Damien Hirst, best known for bold polka dots artworks and formaldehyde-soaked animal installations, has joined […]

A poem for the world by Yayoi Kusama

Known for her polka-dotted pumpkins and glistening infinity rooms, Yayoi Kusama hasn’t slowed down despite being 91. However, the coronavirus pandemic put upcoming exhibitions of the Japanese artist’s works on hold, effectively forcing her to slow down, in some ways. Kusama’s story isn’t unique, many artists have faced similar issues with upcoming exhibitions, millions of […]

The prolific pace of Tim Mikula’s Endless Portrait Project

While the romantic ideal of using this time- where the majority of the population is on lockdown- as a window for pure, dedicated, artistic endeavours, the truth of the matter is that it is hard to find the energy for those things right now. In no way should any artistic individual be harsh on themselves […]

How the iconic coronavirus illustration came to be

What’s red, orange, yellow, and grey all over? That’s right, the illustration for the novel coronavirus. It’s an image that has been used time and time again around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses. Newspapers, media sources, and TV broadcasts, alike, have relied on the image to help raise awareness for the virus and […]

The Social Distancing Festival- an international platform of connection

We’ve been seeing an uptick in digital content consumption in the wake of the global COVID-19 crisis. And with the nigh-impossible feat of viewing art in person right now, artists of every discipline have been experiencing cancellations, rescheduling, and general losses on their projects. But necessity is the mother of invention, and one Canadian playwright […]

‘Safety Match’: An animation helping people better understand social distancing

More times than not, art doesn’t get created simply for the sake of art. Instead it’s more likely an artist’s exploration of a topic, an exploration of self, or an artist’s response to the world around them. The latter is what inspired a husband and wife art duo to create Safety Match, an animation showing […]