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South Korea’s Art Scene Reopens, Gee’s Bend Quilters Adapt, and More: Morning Links from April 28, 2020

South Korea’s Art Scene Reopens, Gee’s Bend Quilters Adapt, and More: Morning Links from April 28, 2020

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As art galleries reopened in Seoul, the scene was a lot to take in. “As a steady stream of Mercedes sedans pulled up to the valet, disgorging their fashion-forward passengers, South Korea’s return to business as usual seemed almost surreal.” [The New York Times]

Art Basel issued contingency plans in case its two fairs remaining this year—in Switzerland and later in Miami—should need to be canceled as a result of the coronavirus. [ARTnews]

“As the IMF warns we are heading towards the worst economic slump in living memory, the art industry starts to fear a double dip recession.” [The Art Newspaper]

The famous community of quilters in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, “look to old ways for new solutions amid coronavirus pandemic.” [The Montgomery Advertiser]

The Future

In a contest organized by vocal opponents to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s plans for a $750 million building complex designed by Peter Zumthor, six designs from around the world made the cut in “a renegade architectural competition to reimagine” LACMA in a different fashion. [Los Angeles Times]

The organizers of a blockbuster exhibition for the Flemish Old Master Jan Van Eyck at the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent are working to refund 144,000 ticket holders unable to see the show after it closed—possibly through an insurance payout of some $3.81 million. [The Art Newspaper]

Looking forward to how to proceed once the world opens again, the American Repertory Theater is working with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on a “Roadmap to Recovery and Resilience for Theater.” [The Harvard Gazette]


“From Nan Goldin’s flowers and Damien Hirst’s rainbows to Rashid Johnson’s anxious red splodges, a host of artists are fundraising for coronavirus. Here’s a roundup of what’s out there.” [The Guardian]

Christa Noel Robbins reviewed the big MoMA show for Donald Judd, an artist who “pushed against the convention of dividing the arts according to medium and use.” [ARTnews]

Mike Huckaby, a beloved figure in Detroit’s artistically rich electronic music scene, died at the age of 54. [The New York Times]

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