The new dates for Sotheby's evening and day auctions of contemporary, Impressionist and Modern and American art (scheduled for the week of 11 May) are yet to be announced, although it seems likely the auction house will fall into line with Christie's and Phillips by rescheduling to the end of June. Perhaps the announcement will come next week, 30 days before the sales were due to start, in line with Sotheby's stated strategy for rescheduling sales at this time.
Few of us can ever have imagined our world changing as much as it will over the next few months. At the time of writing we are only weeks into the Western phase of the pandemic, but already the normality of life pre-virus seems impossibly distant. Everything we took for granted, from hugging friends to buying groceries, and, yes, even visiting museums, is now either a challenge or plain impossible. Nobody knows how long this will last.
While galleries have temporarily closed worldwide due to COVID-19, we can still get inspired by the work of contemporary artists. As part of Artsy’s #ArtKeepsGoing campaign, we’re exploring shows that have been impacted by art spaces going dark. Each week, we’re featuring five gallery exhibitions that you can access via Artsy, with insights from the artists. This week, we’re sharing a selection of fresh work by emerging artists at galleries from Miami to Vienna.
Ai’s triumph helped Brazil and the CCBB secure the top three positions in our 2019 attendance survey, Art’s Most Popular, which ranks shows by the number of visitors a day. Occupying the first and second spots is a free travelling exhibition that offered a behind-the-scenes look at DreamWorks.
Imagine you are a small businessperson or freelancer suffering a deep financial loss as a result of your city’s lockdown. You apply for a grant from the government on a Friday, submitting nothing more than your mailing address, a tax number, banking details, and a legal form with your company’s name. On Tuesday, you wake up to find €5,000 has been wired into your account.