Damien Hirst Adapts, Plein-Air Painting Takes Off—and More: Morning Links from May 18, 2020


May 19, 2020 9:36am

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Stephen Chung/LNP/Shutterstock (9882877g) A technician inspects «The Hours Spin Skull», 2009, by Damien Hirst (Est. GBP3,000-4,000) at a preview of the «Yellow Ball: The Frank and Lorna Dunphy Collection» sale at Sotheby’s in New Bond Street. Frank Dunphy was Damien Hirst’s former business manager and mentor. Over 200 works will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on 20 September 2018. Sotheby’s ‘Yellow Ball: The Frank and Lorna Dunphy Collection’ sale preview, London, UK – 14 Sep 2018

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Artist Damien Hirst talks about how he has adapted to change. “It is a different world, isn’t it,” he said. “It’s amazing how quickly you get used to it.” [The Guardian]

Rebekah Frumkin delves deep into different ways that artists and scientists have worked to illustrate the coronavirus. After seeing some on a microscope, she writes, “The molecules looked like the cartoon amoebas you’d expect to see in a fifties film reel about germs. But they were the virus qua virus, with its spikes and spherical body.”
[The Paris Review]

A major Raphael exhibition that was supposed to open at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome will carry on with new dates starting June 2.
[The Art Newspaper]


Alex Greenberger looked into the wide variety of work made over the years by Yayoi Kusama, an artist with far more than just “Infinity Rooms” in her oeuvre. [ARTnews]

“Like the Pompeiians before us, we have been caught unprepared,” Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones writes in response to the British Museum’s online offering of a blockbuster Pompeii exhibition from the past. [The Guardian]


Plein-air painting is taking off (at least a little bit) among artists in Minneapolis—where “the solitary practice, especially when conducted deep in nature, is oddly suited to our socially distanced COVID-19 times.” [The Minneapolis Star-Tribune]

Text artist Kristin Bauer is placing timely messages by way of works in storefront windows in Tempe, Arizona. [Phoenix New Times]

Curator Helen Molesworth was among the guests on an episode of the radio show On Point about “how the pandemic is changing the way we experience art.” [On Point]


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