From Germany’s Huge Bid to Save the Arts to the Death of Dealer Paul Kasmin: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news, fast.

Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw. Photo courtesy Nicholas Calcott.
Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw. Photo courtesy Nicholas Calcott.


Kitchen Confidence – Need some culinary inspiration to see you through the quarantine? Artists from around the world chimed in with their tried and true recipes.

Germany’s Promise to Artists – In the wake of widespread job losses and lockdowns, Germany is setting a high bar for supporting its cultural scene.

Future Imperfect – On this week’s Art Angle podcast, three members of the Artnet News team weigh in on what the future looks like for museums, galleries, and art in general.

Museums in Bloom – Museums around the world are sending each other virtual flower bouquets on social media to brighten up these uncertain times.

Kenny Rogers was a Photographer – The dealin’ may be done for the late country crooner and gambler, but his surprisingly accomplished photographs live on.

Masked Crusaders – Artists are banding together and donating face masks previously used for woodworking or other artistic practices to health care workers who are in dire need of supplies.

Art Kids Are Having a (Virtual) House Party – As usual, the art world is too cool for regular technology, opting to use an “anything goes” app to stay connected instead.

The Art of Social Distancing – Ben Davis reflects on how the “social distancing” era throws into relief art’s purpose as community glue.


Remembering Paul Kasmin – The dealer ran his eponymous gallery in New York for the past 30 years before dying at age 60 after a protracted battle with cancer.

RIP Maurice Berger – The art curator and historian died this week at age 63, after a laudable career advocating for equality in contemporary art.

Museums in Peril – Museums around the world are reckoning with the current state of lockdowns, and looking at a future in which the art-viewing landscape could be fundamentally changed.

Congress Short Shrifts Art – Despite the Met Museum’s social media rallying cry for #CongressSaveCulture, the stimulus package gave a paltry sum to help arts institutions. 

Students Up in Arms – Art students from Yale and other school are lobbying for tuition refunds, arguing that virtual studio classes are not what they signed up for.

Looters Thwarted at Notre Dame – Two men were nabbed while trying to steal medieval stones from Notre Dame’s cathedral in the midst of Paris’s citywide lockdown.

Layoffs in Los Angeles – The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles has laid off all of its part-time employees as months of closures loom on the horizon.

Art Basel Shifts to September – The marquee art fair has opted to stage its Swiss fair in September instead of June, joining an increasingly crowded year-end art calendar.


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