The Corona Sidestep: A Virtual Exhibition
Originally published March 27, 2020
While news about the corona pandemic centers rightfully on the human toll of the virus (and the presidential ineptitude that has made it worse) another less visible toll has taken place. The resulting quarantine has drawn the curtain on our creative community. Imagine the disappointment of artists who have worked a year or longer for a solo or group exhibition only to have it postponed, or installed and unviewed, or cancelled outright. The image sent by Deanna Sirlin, directly below, is from her solo exhibition, which is, she says, "in limbo." I chose it to open this post because the light that shines through is beautiful, hopeful. But you could just as easily see the darkness enveloping it. Either point of view is valid right now.
All work (c) the individual artists
Opening image: Harvard Medical School
Strata #3, 2020 ink on Lexan, test installation
Exhibition status not yet determined: Centro de Arte e Cultura of the Fundação Eugenio de Almeida in Evora, Portugal
"The exhibition was to be in six of the Foundation's galleries on 20 windows, plus paintings," says Sirlin
Some artists haven't even been able to see their own shows, solo or group. Other have been unable to retrieve work from locked venues. This post is a way to offer some visibility to artists whose exhibitions were curtailed. As much as possible I’ve included their comments and info about their shows, including URLs. Be a supporter. Visit their websites (click onto each artist's name in her/his caption) and the online presentations of their shows. In the best of times our exhibitions are seen by a relative handful of people. The sales that result sustain us (artists, galleries, and non-profits often operate on the slimmest of margins). If you’re in a position to do so, buy art! Most galleries have online platforms for purchasing, and some galleries are open by appointment if the state is not in lockdown. Artists who are not gallery represented are happy to work directly with collectors. In the meantime, take a look at some of what you might not see otherwise.
Update, May 2021: Some of these show have been rescheduled and were or will be shown
(Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein)
The Phoenix Festival, Camden, New Jersey
Writes Dodson: "We just found out today that the project will be delayed until Spring 2021. These sculptures were built for a Bloomberg Philanthropies public art project in Camden, New Jersey, called A New View Camden. We were able to build both of these sculptures in a warehouse in Charlestown, Mass, which is a natural place for social distancing. We finished yesterday. Now we have to figure out how to store them for a year."
Hot Shot, 2020, oil on canvas, 45 x 32 inches
"This painting was slated for Liminal, a show of five women painters at the Studios of Key West. It was supposed to open April 2 but has tentatively been moved to the fall."
Creation (Circle), 2018, oil and cold wax on linen, 26 x 16 inches
"This painting (which is part of a triptych) is included in a solo exhibition titled Spotlight: Grace DeGennaro at Cove Street Arts in Portland, Maine, through April 4." But of course the gallery is closed
Cumasc, 2020, acrylic on panel, 24 x 21 inches
"This work is currently installed in a shuttered exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art, to be continued into the fall should circumstances permit." Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting, organized by guest curator, Ashlynn Browning
In Flux, 2020, encaustic and collage on panel, 22 x 22 inches
"Our show, In Flux, was supposed to open on March 18 but, like so many galleries across the country, had to close. The show will be over before the gallery opens its doors again."
Dates in a Life Walking Project, 2018, mixed media on stiffened fabric, 33 x 39 inches
"Coding/Sign, Symbol, Signification with the Works of Jeanne Williamson and Kim Alemian was supposed to run through March 27, but the gallery [North Hill Art Gallery, Needham, Mass.] is in a beautiful retirement community that is in lockdown, so it's hanging indefinitely. The residents can't leave their apartments, and families and the public can't enter the building."
Moonrise Over 14th Street, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
"This is one of six banners scheduled for an outdoor, yearlong installation on First Avenue and 14th Street in New York City. It was supposed to go up this summer but has been postponed. (I'm hopeful!)"
Tri-modulation (535), 2020, colored paper, cut and mounted on wall, 72-inch diameter
"This work is currently installed at Mono Practice in Baltimore, in a group show titled Surfacing, curated by Alex Paik and Mark Joshua Epstein. The gallery is closed to the public at this time, only open by appointment."
There are some wonderful installation shots on the gallery website, including this one, which includes the sculpture, right, of the late Sarah Bednarek
Full Moon, Peach, 2019, woven painted paper, 34 x 34 inches
Elusive #4, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 inches
"I have two group shows turned virtual, an art fair delayed until November, and a solo show that is technically still supposed to start in a few weeks but which I’m sure will be delayed (or worse). Sigh… One nice thing about having lots of artist friends on Facebook and Instagram is that my feeds are full of wonderful images."
The painting depicted here will be included in Werth's solo at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, New Jersey
Qualia 3320, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches
This painting, says the artist, is "part of a selection for a now-postponed show in Pittsburgh on pattern and sequence."
Situation with Green, 2018, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches
"This is one of 11 paintings currently in a three-person show at 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington, Massachusetts."
"Four 12 x 12-inch canvases for a solo show, Splash, that was to have taken place in May at the Ann Collelly Gallery in Baton Rouge. To be rescheduled at some point."
Sacred Worlds, 2019, encaustic on panel, 90 x 66 inches
The exhibition, Personal Memory/Collective Memories, had been scheduled at M. David & Co. in Brooklyn
Lost Theory of the Night Sky, 2020, reclaimed wood assemblage, 13 x 11 inches
Provincetown Collagists is hanging at the Julie Heller (East) Gallery in Provincetown
Jump Cut E12, 2020, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches
Baris writes that there are two simultaneous shows at Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia: Edgar Diehl's solo, Palindrome, and the group show, Blue, which includes the work of Kiki Gaffney, Judy Gelles, and Mark Khaisman as well as Baris. "The exhibitions are postponed. New dates to be announced."
Shapeshifter 1, 2019, mixed media on panel, 30 x 30 inches
"I delivered this piece to my art consultant two weeks before the virus struck, along with eight other works. None will see the light of day outside the consultant's storage unit until this mess is over."
From Yellow to Violet Over Red, 2019, acrylic on canvas over panel, 24 x 24 inches
Evertz is one of the lucky ones. Her show at Minus Space in Brooklyn ended just as galleries began to close
Nomad 4, 2019, oil and acrylic on canvas, 50 x 60 inches
This work was to have been part of the artist's solo, Steven Alexander: Chroma Consciousness, at Spanierman Modern, Miami, in April. "It has been postponed to an undetermined date."
Installation in the Patrick Heide Gallery booth at theTEFAF fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands
The fair opened on March 7 and was to run for a week. "It closed four days early, says Schwalb."
Eye Rhyme, 2019, tinted polymer on panel, 29 x 28 inches
"My solo, Night, So Daylight, was scheduled to open on April 3 at Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto, California. It has been postponed until July."
Silk Road 484, 20920, encaustic on panel, 24 x 24 inches
I'm one of the lucky ones. My show at Addington Gallery in Chicago has been postponed from May to September. In the meantime the gallery remains in contact with its collectors and is working on an online project with its artists
Below: studio view of in-progress and completed paintings
Backstory, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches
This painting, says Wren, "is hanging not at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn as part of a show called Reflections, though of course no one is seeing it."
In the Desert, 2019, C-print on Fuji Crystal archive paper, 14 x 20 inches
"I was really looking forward to my solo show opening early April at ArtemisSF in San Francisco. I wasn’t even able to install the show before the Bay Area shut down. I’m working to have some images posted on their website in April."
A Good Daughter, 2019; oil, acrylic, and graphite on canvas
"This painting was in the Members Show at Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, New York. The show was up for less than a week when the museum closed."
Hex: Chanel mini, 2019, 12 inches across
"This work is languishing in a drawer, was supposed to travel to an art fair in the USA," says the Toronto-based artist
Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York
Above: Susanna Starr, Ostrich Feather Scarf, 2019, pastel on paper cutout, 18.5 x 24 inches framed; in the Project Space
Below: David Licata, Stonykill Falls, 2020, torch-worked borosilicate glass, 30 x 48 x 6 inches; from his solo, Fragile Nature
Gorey's Visit, 2020; remnant fabric and trim, string, pom poms, porcelain, electrical cord and socket, lightbulb, scarves, mappins; 7 x 6 feet (dimensions variable)
"This is an image of one of my works in a three-person show at the Fine Arts Gallery at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City. The exhibit opened on February 13 and was supposed to end on March 27, but on March 12 the school cancelled classes and the gallery was locked down."
Rooted Matter, 2019, encaustic and mixed media, 22.5 x 19 x 4.75 inches
"This work is in a show at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Mass., which is closed until May 10."
White Shadow, 2020; acrylic, ink, fabric, and thread; 18 x 14 inches
"The Invitational exhibition was to be held at Mikhail Zakin Gallery in New Jersey From March 23-April 30. It has been postponed."
Burton's solo show, Incarnations, was scheduled for the Garrison Art Center, Garrison, New York
"It was cancelled last week, to be rescheduled for 2021."
Not 4gotten, 2019; encaustic, oil, paper, objects, and zipper on wood box; 14.75 x 4 x 2 inches
"This piece was include in the [Massachusetts] Concord Art Association's MJ2 exhibition, which was shut down before I could see it. We also haven't been able to retrieve our work."
Pinch and Burrow: Beads, Cobblestone, Orange, and Grapel, 2019, ceramic, 16 x 15 x 14 inches
"This piece is in my solo exhibition titled Telluric Meditari at the Clifford Gallery at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Colgate and the gallery are closed until further notice."
The Cloud as an Object, 2020; foam, acrylic, faux fur and branches; 60 x 48 x 36 inches
This work is scheduled for Terra Unfirma at M. David & Co. in Brooklyn for May 15 through June 7, but, says the artist, "that's looking unlikely."
Edging In, 2019, flashe and charcoal on paper
"This is one of three works to have been shown at the Delaware Arts Alliance but postponed until next year."
Left Alone, 2019, archival print and acrylic on canvas, 36 x 40 inches
This work from the artist's solo, The Very Thing, at Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles
"The building closed March 16. The closing is scheduled for April 25, but the gallery may extend."
The Current of the Story, 2017, photo on antique lithography paper, 21 x 15 inches
This work and one other of Braun's "were destined for a museum exhibit/auction in Naples, Florida, titled Let Freedom Ring: An exhibition By and About Women to benefit Planned Parenthood. Scheduled for April 3-23, it has been put on hold until ???"
As the Rain is Falling VIII, ink and mixed media on canvas, 60 x 48 inches
A show will be up but not open to the public, April 1-30, at Exhibit by Aberson in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "There will be a virtual tour and online opening with the artist."
Purple Flowers, 2019, encaustic monotype, 18 x 24 inches
"This piece is at Cerulean Gallery here in Philadelphia. The gallery is now closed."
"A few of my recent Nature Notes panels are in Focus: Fish and Dish, a group show tightly juried by Jason Andrew at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum in Woodstock, New York
"The show was supposed to open on March 7 but had to be cancelled. It's unfortunate that on one can see this exhibit, but it's a minor blip at this terrible time."
Songs of Solace, No. 4, 2019, pigment ink on kozo with encaustic, 36 x 34 inches
A new date has yet to be determined for a show at the Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston
Pool, 2019, oil on canvas, 50 x 48 inches
"I was scheduled to have my solo show open at Prince Street Gallery in Chelsea on March 24. The gallery postponed my show until May 19, but I am not optimistic that things will resemble any idea of normalcy by then. The work is in crates stores in the gallery, and I am sheltering in place in California."
Ghost Chair, 2020, acrylic and graphite on canvas, 72 x 48 inches
"The image of this work was submitted to the Tucson Musum of Art Biennial, open to all Arizona residents. All programs and events have been suspended, so I don't know if it was accepted or not."
Envision, 2019, encaustic on paper, 24 x 24 inches
This work is from a show in Raleigh, North Carolina, that was canceled
Gathering My Insides, 2019; encaustic, collage, and pyrography on panel; 16 x 16 inches
"My show, A Box of Devils, at Boston Street Gallery in Philadelphia, is supposed to go up April 11 through May 16. At this point the opening is now a closing, and I'm not sure anyone will see it."
Transition One, 2020, oil and gold leaf on panel, 48 x 60 inches
"I was to be in Eleven Women of Spirit at Zurcher Salon in New York City, May 4-10, to correspond with the Frieze Fair. Hopefully it will be rescheduled to correspond with Frienze in the fall."
Magenta Froth, 2020, oil on panel, 16 x 16 inches
"Here is a painting, one of four, that was supposed to be in a traveling exhibition, Artists for Social Justice, organized by Ginny Mellon, with an inaugural opening at Queens College on March 26. We now have a new opening date for the fall."
Pattern Layers 3, 2019, encaustic and pastel on paper, 17 x 14
"This piece is in the MJ2 exhibition juried by Leah Triplett Harrington of Big Red and Shiny at the Concord Center for Visual Arts in Massachusetts. The Center was closed and the exhibition cannot be seen."
Deserted Domain, 2019; acrylic, micaceous iron oxide, and molding paste on panel; 12 x 12 inches
"This painting is in a group show at 311 Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina. We have been informed that the show may close earlier than the March 28 date."
Room 25 (The Cave), 2019, oil on panel, 12 x 12 inches
This is one of many paintings scheduled for Pressman's solo exhibition at the Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas, which has been delayed
Nothing Stays the Same, 2020, encaustic and mixed media, 17 x 23 x 19 inches
"This work is currently sitting in a closed gallery. It is part of Build: A Sculpture Show at Oliva Gallery in Chicago. The exhibition was conceived as a way to honor the legacy of the late Mary Ellen Croteau, artist and director of Art on Armitage, and features artists who exhibited in her window gallery, her colleagues and peers, as well as contemporary Chicago artists."
The Quiet Forest, 2020, oil and silkscreen on aluminum panel, 42 x 60 inches
"The exhibition Reflective Nature at the Boulder JCC was supposed to be on view until April 30th, but the building is now closed until at least the 17th."
Syringa, 2019, photo collage with encaustic and mixed media, 48 x 36 inches
Shades of Light at RJG Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, will be hung, says Rothman, but there will be no opening reception
Evolution Part 5 & 6, 2020, encaustic and mixed media on panel,12 x 12 inches each
"These pieces are ones I recently finished for a [two-artist] show, Traces of Existence, that was to have run at the Concord Art Association, Massachusetts, from March 26-April 26. Yes, eventually the show will happen, but probably not until 2021. I guess I'll have plenty of time to make more work!"
Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York
Contemporary Landscape Paintings
Above: Thomas Sarrantonio, Visibility, 2019, oil on canvas, 42 x 42 inches
Below: AmyTallutto, White and Golden Lizzie Stood, 2019, oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches
Red Tide, oil and encaustic on panel, 45 x 60 inches
"I do an annual Open Studio and had to cancel it," writes the Florida-based artist, who is pictured with her work. "It was scheduled for April 4-5."
Unsettled Waters: Paintings of Heather Wilcoxon, solo show at Studio e Gallery, Seattle. Installation views above and below
The owner of the gallery, Dawna Holloway, drove all the way down to California to pick up my work. She drove back and installed the show. Then the Corona virus hit and we are in lockdown."
Never to Arrive, 2018, Burmese shwe chi doe tapestry and mixed media on canvas, 28 x 58 x 6 inches
"This is one of three works hanging in a show at Yale University's Koerner Center in New Haven, which is closed to the public because of the corona virus."
American Beauty, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 inches
"I've been working since August and all through the winter, freezing my ass off in a coat and hat in my unheated barn studio in upstate New York, toward a solo show of all new work that was to open the end of April at Thompson Giroux Gallery in Chatham, New York. It has been postponed until a year and a half from now, October 2021."
Artist Statement 6, 2020, acrylic on PVC, 21 x 26 x 5 inches
Gilchrist's two-person show was to have been at the Saw Room Gallery in Evanston, Illinois. "It is linked up with Evanston's June art festival. No one has new dates yet; we are hoping the shows aren't out-and-out cancelled. To keep up my spirits, I am continuing to make work."
Is That Right?, 2019; cardboard, latex paint, waxed linen thread; 9 x 15 x 5 inches
"The work is in a show called Material Matters at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, California. The gallery had to close last week."
Untitled book page drawing, 2020, ink on page of Remembrance of Things Past,
16 x 12 inches, with a selection of pages below
"This work was made at my truncated residency at le Maison Dora Maar, Menerbes, France. Our public salon was to have been held on March 26."
Exhibit of drawings and books at #3 Reading Room and Photo Book Works in Beacon, New York. Scheduled to close March 29, the exhibition "will be extended," says Appel
Below: Appel's Blackbook page, 2019, ink on Duralar, 12 x 18 inches, at the member's showcase project at the Center for Book Arts, New York City.
No information on whether the installation will be extended past its March 28 closing
Night, 2019, mixed media assemblage, 6 x 7.5 x 2.25 inches
This and other work by the artist is at Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, Mass., which has been closed for the duration of the pandemic
Waveform, 2018, encaustic monotype with ink and acrylic on paper, 24 x 24 inches
The Members Show of the Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists at the Chicago Cultural Center, originally scheduled for March 21-May 15, has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date
Window Dressing, 2019, ink and litho crayon on etching paper, 36 x 32 inches
"My solo show, 25 large-scale drawings and an installation is delayed at the Gadsen Museum of Art, Gadsen, Alabama. It is (I hope) to open June 1 instead of April."
Weak, Not Weak, 2020, encaustic and oil stick on panel, 10 x 10 inches
"This piece was to have been included in a show titled At a Glance at Trestle-Greenwood in Brooklyn."
Honk, 2019, thread on linen, 20 x 24, currently at the Amphora Gallery, Cambria, California
Shoreline (Dark Water), 2017, encaustic and mixed media on panel, 30 x 40 inches
"This painting is hanging in the now-shuttered Hairpin Arts Center, here in my neighborhood in Chicago. It's in a show called LIP (Life in Progress), a big group effort that was supposed to have ongoing programming over the next month. We'll get through this. I am so grateful for the online connections and encouragement from the artists I know."
Virus II, 2020, ink and collage on crossword paper, 22 x 25.5 inches
"This drawing would have been in the now-cancelled New Views exhibition at BallardWorks, Seattle."
Blomberg 1, 2019, laser-cut pigment print, 14 x 21 inches
The artist's solo exhibition, Krista Svalbonas: Recent Works, was scheduled to open April 1 at Klompching Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn, intended to announce her new representation with the gallery. You can see work from the show on the gallery website
Back to the Future, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 44 inches
"It is hanging at the In Transition exhibition at Arts Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts. The gallery is closed now but we have hopes for an end-of-show closing in June."
Summer Breeze and Sweet Dreams,each 2019, mixed media, 10 x 10 inches
"These two paintings are in Women Celebrate Women, a group show that was supposed to open March 26 at El Barrio's Artspace PS 109. The gallery is in a former public school that was converted into a landmark-status artist residence and community art center in East Harlem."
The Mask Gets Heavy, 2020, oil on panel, 28 x 30 inches
"My show at Labspace--my second solo, In My Room--is delayed until we-don't-know-when-exactly. We're waiting for things to play out. The show was to have opened on April 26, and I have been working all year."
Hide and Seek, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30
The artist's work was accepted into El Barrio's Art Space PS 109 exhibition in New York City. "The show is up," says Starrett, "but I don't think anyone will be seeing it."
Three of five sculptures currently at the Danforth Art Museum, Framingham Massachusetts
"The sculptures pictured are part of the Family Circle exhibition, featuring the work of seven contemporary artists, curated by senior curator and interim director, Jessica Roscio. All of my work on exhibition is from the expansive and ongoing Family Debris Series."
Thanks to all the artists who participated in this project.
About this post: I put out a call to my Facebook friends asking them to send me an image from a show that had been cancelled, postponed, or shuttered. They responded with enthusiasm and an avalanche of images. The almost 100 images here represent most of the images that were submitted but just a tiny fraction of the exhibitions that did not get seen. (Apologies to those who submitted images and don't see them here; either image quality was too small or information was insufficient.)