Covid-19

Art Basel remains optimistic about Hong Kong fair

In the wake of the latest Covid-19 outbreak, the postponed fair has enhanced last year’s hybrid model

Against all odds, Hong Kong’s gallery scene is on the up

Amid a crackdown on dissent, and the havoc wreaked by the pandemic, Hong Kong’s galleries have not just survived but thrived, with several new openings

Gallery Weekend Beijing postponed as Covid restrictions tighten in Chinese capital

It is hoped visitors will be able to travel to Beijing at the end of June, though a new date for the event has not yet been announced

Mothers with babies denied entry at New York’s Independent art fair

The fair’s Covid-19 policy effectively means that children under five cannot attend

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Angry and disillusioned: Shanghai art workers speak out about life under strict lockdown

The Chinese government's hardline approach has drawn comparisons with the Maoist era

In Whitney Biennial video, Coco Fusco meditates on New York’s island of lost souls

The artist commemorates the anonymous victims of Covid-19 buried on Hart Island

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Five New York shows explore the pandemic’s effects two years after the city's first Covid-19 lockdowns

From Renate Aller’s touching photos of sidewalk gatherings to Uuriintuya Dagvasambuu’s vaccine-inspired Mongol Zurag paintings, artists are reflecting on the darkest days of the initial outbreak

NEA study shows arts sector remained major contributor to US economy even as pandemic took its toll

The study found that while the US arts economy shrunk twice as fast as the overall economy, the arts’ contribution to GDP held steady

As Omicron wave recedes, US museums drop vaccine and mask requirements

With Covid-19 cases down sharply from January’s peak, art institutions from the Smithsonian to the Seattle Art Museum are no longer requiring visitors to mask up

Traumas recent and historic are aired and treated in museum showcase of North Carolina artists

An exhibition at the Duke University museum shifts the focus to the local art scene with works by 30 artists living or born in the state

Ai Weiwei sparks outcry by posting ‘vaccine-sceptic’ video on Instagram

Chinese artist and activist says society does not have the right to make the Covid-19 vaccine compulsory

Are UK museums deterring visitors with Covid booking system for permanent collections?

As restrictions ease, institutions are reconsidering the policy introduced during the pandemic as it could be putting off last-minute visitors

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State of the unions: why US museum workers are mobilising against their employers

With the arts sector increasingly vulnerable in the wake of the pandemic, a new breed of digitally optimised worker is emerging

Manicure at the Mauritshuis? Dutch museums turn into beauty parlours in protest over Covid restrictions

Initiative questions why gyms, hair salons and brothels have reopened but culture venues remain closed in the Netherlands

1-54 cancels 2022 edition of Marrakech fair due to global surge of Omicron variant

The fair, which focuses on African contemporary art, will be replaced by a smaller event in Paris

US museums revise Covid-19 safety measures amid Omicron surge, some requiring high-quality masks

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Harvard Art Museums have banned cloth masks, requiring visitors wear more robust face coverings, while other museums ponder new restrictions as cases skyrocket

London Art Fair is the latest to postpone 2022 edition due to Omicron surge

The fair is the most recent casualty of the new Covid-19 variant, moving its opening back by three months

Museums plan for a busy year despite Covid-19 uncertainty

Will 2022 see a return to normal for exhibition schedules? Or will surging cases mean plans have to be torn up again? We asked museum directors and head curators how confident they are for the year ahead

India Art Fair postpones 2022 event as Delhi imposes restrictions to curb Omicron variant

South Asia's largest art fair has been forced to reschedule its 13th edition from February to April in light of rising Covid-19 case numbers

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Get ready for the new world order: art market experts make their predictions for 2022

US dominance, industry collaborations and increased concern about climate change are all on art market experts’ minds—and, of course, NFTs

US museums close or reduce capacity as Omicron variant causes surge in Covid-19 cases

The Metropolitan Museum will stay opened at reduced capacity, while others like the Yale University Art Gallery and the Baltimore Museum of Art close temporarily

Omicron won't thwart my Old Master mission

My trip to Munich's Alte Pinakothek was worth the multiple levels of Covid-related admin

Jenni Crain, artist and dealer at Gordon Robichaux gallery in New York, has died of Covid-19, aged 30

She "championed women, particularly those who made important contributions to the development and legacies of feminism"

Museums in London start to shut down as Omicron wave sweeps capital

Natural History Museum closes due to front-of-house staff shortages caused by Covid-19

From NFTs to LFTs: 2021's biggest art stories—and what they mean

The Art Newspaper team picks apart this year’s most important developments, from demands for colonial restitution to the return of culture wars

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Russia declares week of 'non-working days' following Covid spike, reducing museum capacity and closing cultural venues

Restrictions will come into force between 30 October and 7 November after cases reached highest-ever level since start of pandemic

Portrait of a pandemic: five works at Art Basel that confront Covid-19

The first edition of Art Basel to take place since the onset of the global pandemic is full of new works created in the midst of lockdown

Brussels doctors prescribe museum visits to treat Covid-19 stress

Research “has proven that art can be beneficial for health, both mental and physical,” the city’s head of culture tells a Belgian newspaper

Timothy Rub to step down as director of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Leader oversaw an ambitious series of construction projects but has also contended with reports of midlevel management abuses and equity issues

Damien Hirst laid off 63 people last autumn while claiming £15m in government Covid-19 loans

Job cuts came after major retrospective in Beijing was cancelled due to the pandemic

Anny Shaw. with additional reporting by José da Silva