COVID 19 ART IN 2020 A PUBLIC SERVICE MESSAGE 4.18.20
As people are practicing social distancing everywhere some galleries and museums have held off from closure. Some have actually finally succumbed to the real fears of Covid 19. What does that mean for art in 2020? Just like the rest of the economy that is badly damaged, art is also suffering. While people still are investing in stocks, art is the last thing on anyone's minds. The mere survival of the population on a global level is taking precedence.
RB Stevens Gallery in San Diego resisted closure simply stating that they would make sure the gallery was cleaned regularly. Meanwhile in Los Angeles after a big stand off from closure the Hammer Museum in Westwood has finally closed it's doors. The big 2 trillion dollar stimulus package had some help for art institutions such as the Kennedy Center with a donation of twenty five million, so it seems not all art centers are in trouble. The 3M, N95 mask has become the iconic symbol of 2020, the Warhol prop of our times. A cyberpunk future all to present.
"Some have actually finally succumbed to the real fears of Covid 19. "
But it is not so easy for artists that make their living selling art in public forums and on street corners. Artist True Delorenzo who is also from San Diego says he hasn't sold anything in months since the Virus first hit American shores. He was forced to work at a restaurant to pay his rent. Art businesses in general are struggling to pay their rent. Taking out loans to go deeper in debt for some galleries and art shops to stay open despite their doors being closed, that is just not an option. Deferring payments means you still have to pay back the money and that does not mean a free ride despite that people are getting sick and dying.
A huge thanks to all the essential workers and people on the front line. We hope and pray that everyone stay safe during these troublesome times so we all can go back to loving art in person and around the world.
BY ARTCOWO PRESS TEAM 2020
SOURCE: WORLD NEWS
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