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Back to school for the arts- a worrisome return to form

School’s out for summer. School’s out forever.   While the legendary Alice Cooper line may be a bit of hyperbole, this is one year where there was reason to pause on whether we were going to see a normal return to our schools and post-secondary education systems any time soon. As the world over begins […]

Sotheby’s reports nearly £2 billion in sales thanks to online auctions

This week, international auction house Sotheby’s reported $2.5 billion (£1.9 billion) in sales so far this year much in part thanks to “innovation [and] adaptation.” According to a Monday report, over $285 million (£218 million) was brought in through online-only auctions and another $575 million (£441 million) was generated through private sales. When the pandemic […]

The REALM Project sheds light on how long the COVID-19-causing virus can live on library materials

Social distancing and other safety precautions have adjusted the way visitors experience museums, galleries, and more as lockdown restrictions have been relaxed. However, for libraries, whether it be a public library or the Victoria & Albert’s reading rooms, what happens when their main items are meant to be handled, thumbed through, and taken home, yet […]

A collaborative performance work will see $500 in sanitised dollar bills handed out on silver platter in East Hampton

Later this summer, artist Katherine McMahon and musician Ray Angry will bring together continued concerns about COVID-19 and ongoing issues of economic inequality in a performance art piece. The work will debut at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York once the area has entered Phase 4 of their reopening plan, but even before the […]

In new online exhibition, Michelangelo Lovelace pays homage to some of society’s most invisible

A new online exhibition of works by American artist Michelangelo Lovelace is as enjoyable as it is relevant. The exhibition brings into intimate focus some of the US’s most marginalised individuals: the elderly, specifically those living in care homes. During these unprecedented times brought on by the pandemic, his works are especially necessary and poignant. […]

Ai Weiwei creates poignant mask series in response to pandemic to raise money for humanitarian charities

Face masks are a new staple in life. Gone are the days when they were simply a tool used by people in the medical field. Instead, they have cropped up in the most rural of places, become mandatory in many public spaces, and created a mobile safety blanket of sorts for those going out for […]

Art World Roundup: working through the pandemic

For this week’s Art World Roundup, we look at the ways individuals and organizations are uniting to tackled issues around the COVID-19 pandemic. An auction offering unique experiences to support the International Rescue Committee Google and Sotheby’s have teamed up to present the Mayday COVID-19 Charity Auction – an event that will auction off unique […]