Art Fix Friday: April 3, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Anonymous Was a Woman, in partnership with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), will distribute emergency grants totaling $250,000 to at least 100 woman-identifying artists over 40 years old. The application will go live on Monday, April 6, and close on Wednesday, April 8.

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The grants—up to $2,500 apiece—aim to assist artists who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 and the subsequent economic shock. “This fund will not only provide much needed financial support for artists, but…it will be an incredible source of hope,” said NYFA Executive Director Michael Royce.

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The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation will offer $5 million in COVID-19 relief funding for artists over the next three years.

Artforum publishes artist Whitney Claflin’s first-person account of surviving an economic shock.

The Chicago Tribune interviews Ling Ma, author of the critically acclaimed zombie pandemic novel Severance, who has won the 2020 Whiting Award for fiction.

As she prepares to close her 32-year-old gallery dedicated to women artists, veteran art dealer Barbara Gross reflects on how the market has, and hasn’t, changed.

Frieze profiles artist Pati Hill, whose unique artistic practice employs the use of a photocopier.

The New Yorker profiles the late cartoonist Tove Jansson, who produced ­paintings, novels, children’s books, and more—best known as the creator of Moomins.

Hyperallergic profiles Akiko Stehrenberger, known for her film posters, including Portrait of a Lady on Fire, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and Her.

Akiko Stehrenberger’s posters for Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) and Colossal (2017)

Suellen Rocca, a leading Chicago Imagist whose hieroglyphic paintings and drawings addressed themes of domesticity, sexuality, and consumer and popular culture, has died at age 76.

Artnet’s podcast, The Art Angle, delves into the unbelievable true story of mystical painter Agnes Pelton.

Amarie Gibson of Arts.Black meditates on themes of resistance and care in Ja’tovia Gary’s work.

The New Yorker profiles poet Carolyn Forché and revisits her politically and emotionally charged prose.

Artnet profiles Heather Phillipson, whose whipped cream sculpture was scheduled to be unveiled this week in London on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth.­­­

Shows We Want To See—Online Edition

The Broad Museum is bringing Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away to devices everywhere via Instagram TV. The “Infinite Drone” series pairs footage of Kusama’s starry universe with musical selections by Los Angeles-based sound artists and musicians. The first video features the sounds of artist and composer Geneva Skeen.

Anna Breit, Untitled, from the series »Girls«, 2018; OstLicht Gallery for Photography

Artsy features a virtual look at five gallery exhibitions featuring emerging artists. This week includes a selection of works by artists from Miami to Vienna, including Sara Bichao, Anna Breit and Luisa Hübner, Lucia Hierro, and Petra Cortright.

—Alexa Kasner is the spring 2020 publications and communications/marketing intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.