Art in the Time of the Pandemic

Due to the coronavirus, many galleries and museums around the world are presenting their exhibitions or artists’ videos online. Here is a selection to explore.


Megan Rooney: Bones Roots Fruits

“Megan Rooney’s first solo exhibition at Thaddaeus Ropac gallery presents entirely new paintings – ten large-scale and one monumental – alongside a selection of works on paper from Old Baggy Root, an ongoing series of abstracted portraits.

Read also Izabella Scott's 2016 interview with Megan Rooney:

Megan Rooney interview

Tokyo: Art & Photography

A dizzying array of 400 years of artworks from the capital is testimony to the ability of the Japanese people to reinvent themselves. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford until 3 January 2022.

Read David Trigg's review:

Tokyo: Art & Photography

Walter Price: Pearl Lines

Walter Price on his exhibition at Camden Art Centre, 2021.

Read also David Trigg's review:

Walter Price

Pope.L – Notations, Holes and Humour

“A solo exhibition of work by Pope.L, his first exhibition with Modern Art, and his first solo show in London in more than a decade.”
Modern Art, London, 15 July – 28 August 2021.


Magnum Photos: There's no place like home

“An exhibition which explores themes of domesticity, sheltering, interiority and the comfort of personal spaces and objects in difficult times. The exhibition is exclusively on view online and runs until 31 August 2021 and brings together works of Magnum photographers Antoine d’Agata, Raymond Depardon, Bieke Depoorter, Bruce Gilden, Harry Gruyaert, Gregory Halpern, Peter Marlow, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Alessandra Sanguinetti, and Alec Soth.”

Art Basel | Meet the Artists | Kara Walker

“Kara Walker has shown her silhouetted depictions of plantation life in most of the world’s leading institutions. Her monumental sculptures have made the headlines from New York to London. Now, Kunstmuseum Basel is revealing a lesser-known aspect of Walker’s prolific creative output: her drawings. Kara Walker: A Black Hole Is Everything a Star Longs to Be gathers over 600 drawings executed over the last 28 years.”

Watch also Anna McNay's 2013 interview with Kara Walker. “I don’t know how much I believe in redemptive stories,” says Walker. “Triumph never sits still. Life goes on. People forget and make mistakes. Heroes are not completely pure, and villains aren’t purely evil. I’m interested in the continuity of conflict.”

Kara Walker

Miguel Chevalier: Extra Natural 2021

Musée de Gajac, Villeneuve-sur-Lot. “The Extra-Natural exhibition questions nature in the era of the artificial world and offers a journey through the heart of a reinvented natural environment. Visitors discover through various digital and lenticular paintings, and through a generative and interactive virtual reality installation, a generation of virtual flowers and gardens in a symphony of dazzling colours.”

Watch also Anna McNay's 2018 interview with Miguel Chevalier. ‘I feel that I live in what’s happening today’

Miguel Chevalier

François Morellet: Rigorous Absurdity

Hauser & Wirth. “On the occasion of ‘La dation François Morellet,’ a new exhibition opening 9 June at Centre Pompidou featuring 18 key works by the foundational French minimalist, ‘Ursula’ magazine presents a career-spanning look at Morellet’s twists on the rigors of a weighty movement. The film is narrated by Alexandre Devals, the Director of the Venet Foundation in Le Muy, France, who was a friend to the artist.”

Read also Angeria Rigamonti di Cutò's 2016 interview with François Morellet. ‘Art is frivolous even when it takes itself seriously’

François Morellet

Alex Da Corte: As Long as the Sun Lasts

The Met – Artist Interview. Curator Shanay Jhaveri talks to Alex Da Corte about As Long as the Sun Lasts, his installation for The Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, on view until 31 October 2021.

Read also Lilly Wei's review. This brightly coloured stainless steel, aluminium and fibreglass installation, depicting Sesame Street’s Big Bird swinging on a crescent moon, is just what is needed after a year of despair.

Alex Da Corte

Jacolby Satterwhite

Jacolby Satterwhite: Birds in Paradise

Hirshhorn MuseumLost in Place: Voyages in Video. “This series of eleven videos by an international group of contemporary artists responds to the ways in which the past year’s events have dramatically changed our experience of space.” The videos are from Hirshhorn’s collection and a new video will be shown online each week until 20 August starting with Jacolby Satterwhite’s Birds in Paradise (2019), followed by Hiraki Sawa: Dwelling (2003); Chris Chong Chan Fui: BLOCK B (2009); Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler: House with Pool (2004); Ragnar Kjartanssen: S.S. Hangover (2013-14); Laure Prouvost: Swallow (2013); Michael Bell-Smith: Up and Away (2006); Pierre Huyghe: One Million Kingdoms (2001); Superflex: Flooded McDonald’s (2009); Carlos Amorales: Dark Mirror (2005); Guido van der Werve: Nummer Negen (#9) The Day I Didn’t Turn with the World (2007).

Ellen Altfest

Ellen Altfest: Nature

White Cube An online exhibition of new work by Ellen Altfest (16 April – 30 May 2021). “This collection of watercolours depict subjects that Ellen comes across in her local woodlands of Connecticut, including retrieved objects such as an acorn or a weathered leaf, laid against a man’s skin. Microscopically examined, these close-ups provide an intimate contemplation of the natural world.”

David Smith

David Smith. Follow My Path

Hauser & Wirth, 69th Street gallery, New York until 30 July 2021. This exhibition, both online (video and walkthrough) and by appointment, “explores the daring artistic processes by which Smith revolutionized notions of sculpture’s form and function, embarking on new terrain in the field of abstraction”.

Not Vital

Not Vital: Paintings

Thaddaeus Ropac. This online exhibition presents “Swiss artist Not Vital in an intimate new light and explores the making of this series of paintings. It includes an exclusive video with Not Vital, and a conversation between the artist and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, London.”

Claes & Coosje: A Duet

Pace, 540 West 25th Street, New York until 9 May 2021 and online. “This exhibition sheds new light on the philosophical, aesthetic, and artistic dialogue between Claes Oldenburg and the late Coosje van Bruggen—among the best-known artist-couples of the post-1960s era.”

Georg Baselitz: Freitag war es schön

Thaddaeus Ropac online exhibition. “Georg Baselitz new series (It was fine on Friday) comprises portraits of his wife Elke, whose image has occupied a prominent position in the development of his practice for over 50 years. Created in his new studio in Salzburg, Austria, the works reveal the artists ongoing conceptual exploration of his personal style.” View all artworks with 360° gallery experience.

Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller’s first NFT

Jeremy Deller’s first non-fungible token video artwork, The Last Day, “makes the short transition from the idyll to the apocalypse, which is our current destination”. The sale runs 29 March – 7 April 2021. The proceeds will be donated to charity. View the video and sale on OpenSea here.

Mat Collishaw: Echolocation

“Echolocation, a new outdoor projection by the acclaimed British artist Mat Collishaw opens to the public on 14 April in Kingston upon Thames, London. Excavating more than a millennium of local history, the eleven-metre-long, three-channel video installation is on view at the Undercroft, a long alleyway that runs between the river Thames and All Saints Church. Referencing the church’s heritage, bats and Kingston’s prodigal son Eadweard Muybridge, the specially commissioned work is the artist’s first permanent outdoor public art installation in the UK.” Location: 6 Riverside Walk, Kingston KT1 1QN. Open daily until 11pm

Watch also Studio International's 2015 interview with Mat Collishaw.

Mat Collishaw

Bo Lee Gallery

Clare Burnett | Adeline de Monseignat | Benjamin Cohen

BO LEE Gallery – In Conversation Part 1. “Displayed within the historical setting of Beckenham Place Mansion, the first instalment of In Conversation brings together three sculptors. Each led by materiality and the juxtaposition of old and new, the practices of these artists will be housed in a responsive dialogue with three separate rooms: Clare will take the Drawing Room, Adeline, the Dining Room, and Benjamin, the Old Library.”

Watch also Studio International's 2014 interview with Adeline de Monseignat in her London studio.

Adeline de Monseignat

Stephen Chambers

Collections: Stephen Chambers

Flowers Gallery, online exhibition and video tour. “This exhibition highlights paintings from the Gallery’s collection, which shown together delineate his developing style from the influences of his formative years to his current working practices.”

Watch also Studio International's 2017 interview with Stephen Chambers at the Venice Biennale.

Stephen Chambers

Art Basel Digital Film Program

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho: The Ways of Folding Space & Flying

The Art Basel Digital Film Program, online screenings. “The Ways of Folding Space & Flying by South Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho explores Taoist concepts in relation to artistic practice. This film is the first in a series of online screenings curated by Art Basel Film sector curator Li Zhenhua. A new artwork will be presented on every other week.

Sound Vision: Harmonious Relationships in Art and Music

Lehman College Art Gallery, virtual exhibition “… features approximately 30 contemporary artists (such as Terry Adkins, Oliver Beer, Jane Benson, Sarah Charlesworth, Anita Glesta, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik) and over 50 works of art that reference — either literally or conceptually — music or sound. All of the contemporary artists selected for this exhibition have embraced the challenge of making music the core of their creative process by turning the music into some form of visual manifestation. Their approach can be as direct as an artist transposing a specific piece of music into an artwork or an instrument into a sculpture, or as opaque as using a natural phenomenon — stars in the sky — to create notes on a staff.” LCAG until 31 May 2021.

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

MoCNA Virtual Museum

IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts have launched a virtual museum via Matterport. This VR experience is a replica of their physical museum located in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit the virtual museum here.