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Art Fix Friday: April 10, 2020

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A black-and-white photograph of a light-skinned adult woman holding a newspaper with news about World War II. She wears a coat and her short, curly hair is caught in the wind.

Hyperallergic reports on the efforts to decorate hospital ICUs with encouraging posters. Led by artist Elizabeth Jaeger and Cady Chaplin, a nurse at Manhattan’s Lenox Hill Hospital, the campaign invites artists to submit their uplifting works via Google drive. So far, more than 70 artists have participated.

A woman in white scrubs and a facemask stares out from a blue background with two red crosses behind her shoulders. Large coronavirus particles mingle with her pulled-back hair. Large letters in a spindly hand-drawn font spell out “HERO,” with her head between the “E” and “R.”
A poster by Harriet Salmon pays tribute to healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic; Photo credit: the artist and Elizabeth Jaeger

The illustrations, paintings, and digital edits are installed in hospital breakrooms by Chaplin, who has been able to print large adhesive copies with the help of Wallpaper Projects, a Brooklyn design studio volunteering their services. Jaeger said, “I know for Cady it’s a welcomed distraction for the overwhelming fear that accompanies her job right now.”

Front-Page Femmes

Artist and writer Helène Aylon has died at age 89 from COVID-19; Aylon’s work focused on the intersection of feminism, Judaism, pacifism, and environmental justice.

The New Yorker interviews writer Fran Lebowitz on growing old, life in quarantine, and the sadness of seeing her city shut down.

Marlo Pascual has died at age 48 from cancer; she used found images and objects in “playful and menacing theatrical displays that mix photography and sculpture.”

Vanity Fair profiles writer, director, and producer Issa Rae ahead of the upcoming season of her HBO hit show Insecure.

Artnet reports on the miniature clay dream homes made by artists, architects, and designers in response to Eny Lee Parker’s Clay Play contest.

The Los Angeles Times profiles five artists who are working under quarantine, including Tanya Aguiñiga, Monica Majoli, and Sandy Rodriguez.

A photograph of a woman seated in the side door of her camper van next to her small daughter, who looks up at her. Lush green trees, bushes and cacti surround the vehicle, which is parked between her house and lawn. A children’s easel is set up on the ground beside the woman.
With access to her studio restricted, Tanya Aguiniga, a fiber artist who is originally from Tijuana, has been working out of a Volkswagen camper parked in her East L.A. yard—while homeschooling her daughter, Io; Photo by Jay L. Clendenin for the Los Angeles Times

The Washington Post features­ Lee Krasner and her painting Celebration (1960) in its series “Great Works, In Focus.”

Laura Raicovich has been named interim director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, which is devoted to queer art, in New York City.

The Art Newspaper interviews Zoe Whitley, the new director of London’s Chisenhale Gallery.

Hyperallergic profiles Viola Frey, rounding up a collection of interviews, archival materials, and video on the artist.

Slate interviews author Veronica Roth on feedback, antagonists, and moving away from YA fiction.

Colossal explores Frances Priest’s meticulous ceramics; the artist also created a free coloring book for download.

Shows We Want To See—Online Edition

Zoya Cherkassky’s exhibition Lost Time is on view at the Fort Gansevoort gallery’s website. The artist, in quarantine at her home in Tel Aviv, has created a new series of melancholic paintings on paper that evoke pre-World War II Jewish life—but feel “simultaneously contemporary.” The New York Times published excerpts of a conversation between Cherkassky and the show’s curator, Alison Gingeras.

A group of men stand in a wheat field in diagonal equal rows facing to the right. They wear black overcoats, black pants and black wide-brimmed hats, and each looks down the small black book they hold open in their palms. The sky is striped in gray clouds behind them.
Zoya Cherkassky’s An Open Air Minyan (2020) depicts men gathered for prayer with the requisite social distancing; Photo credit: Zoya Cherkassky and Fort Gansevoort

Shirin Neshat’s latest exhibition, Land of Dreams, is on view at the Goodman Gallery London website. The exhibition comprises photographic portraits and two video installations that converge to present a portrait of contemporary America under the Trump administration.

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