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[VII] Are We Prepared for the World to Reopen?


By Xiaoying Juliette Yuan, owner and founder ofJ. Yuan & Associates LLC, New York

Since April 14th, along with the return of warmer weather and the cautious reopening of Denmark and Austria, the world has slowly begun to lift its lockdowns, entering the post-Coronavirus time. Some of my Italian friends boarded their flights for Italy last week after a two-month quarantine in California. Families, friends, and colleagues in France began posting photos of their first visit to the outdoor markets in their neighborhoods, while others in Beijing and Shanghai have begun to get excited about all sorts of reunions in restaurants, at parties or art openings. However, the situation in the U.S. where the Coronavirus outbreak arrived later than in Asia and Europe seems less optimistic.

According to the Washington Post's report on May 16th, "most states and U.S. territories have begun to ease restrictions on businesses and social activity." This is not the situation in New York though. On the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, New York is facing 355,037 cases and 28,168 deaths, most of which are centered in New York City. Coronavirus is still spreading in many parts of the state. Governor Cuomo postponed the reopening of New York City from May 15th to June 13th; in the meantime, a four-phase plan has been applied to the State's reopening, starting "May 15th Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier" (more detailed information can be found on  Essential industries are allowed to reopen during the first phase. The Arts/Entertainment/Recreation and Education category is at Phase Four - the bottom of the list, without precise dates.

On May 15th, Artforum published the following list containing the "rescheduled" and "canceled" events in art and culture, which inspired me to do the copy-paste in my current newsletter to share with everyone no matter whether you are an art professional or an art lover, hoping that it will help most of us to make up a meaningful schedule for the rest of our year.

Before you go and check Artforum's list, remember that you can at any time make a stop from your reading when you feel anxious or frustrated, check-in with the New York-based computer art pioneer John F. Simon, Jr., switch your mood by making a meditation drawing on hisDrawing Bee classes. One hour every week, drawing and meditation will help you to reset your mind to clarity, keep you moving forward in any type of world you have to fit in, lockdown or back-to-normal.

John F. Simon, Jr.'s Instagram @drawingyourownpath

John F. Simon, Jr.'s website

******************************** The following text is part of ART WORLD CORONAVIRUS TRACKER, in ARTFORUM NEWS published on May 15, 2020 at 9:55am.


Expo Chicago: The annual art fair, originally to take place this September, will be postponed to April 2021.

Sydney Contemporary: The fifth edition, which was originally scheduled for September 10 to September 13, 2020, will now take place in September 2021. 

La Paris Biennale: The thirty-second edition of the fair will return in September 2021. 

Gwangju Biennale: The thirteenth edition, titled “Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning,” will now be held from February 26 to May 9, 2021.

Biennale de Lyon: Scheduled for 2021, the exhibition has announced it will push its sixteenth edition back to September 2022.

Asia Society Museum Triennial: The inaugural event is now slated to open October 27, 2020 and run through June 27, 2021.

Biennale of Casablanca: The fifth edition has been moved to 2021 and will run from May 24 through August 1, 2021. 

Prospect New Orleans: “Prospect.5: Yesterday We Said Tomorrow,” will now open October 23, 2021 and remain on view until January 23, 2022.

Folkestone Triennial 2020: “The Plot” has announced it will now run from September 2021 to November 2021.

Berlin Biennale: The eleventh edition was expected to open June 13, its new dates have yet to be determined. 

Art Brussels: Originally scheduled for June 2020, the fair will now take place from April 22 to April 25, 2021.

Front International: Originally scheduled for 2021, the triennial will now be held from July 16, 2022 to October 2, 2022. 

Helsinki Biennial: Originally scheduled to take place from June 12–September 27, the exhibition has been pushed back to 2021. 

June Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland: The 2020 edition will run from September 14–September 20. 

Liste Art Fair Basel, Switzerland: The event will be held from September 14–September 20, coinciding with Art Basel.

Art Basel, Switzerland: Organizers have moved the fair from June to September. It will now take place from September 17 to September 20, with preview days on September 15 and September 16.

Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil: The event has been pushed back one month and will reschedule all programming that would have led up to the fair; it will now kick off on October 3.

The Other Art Fair, London, Sydney, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Dallas, Melbourne, Chicago: The fair postponed all of its 2020 spring editions. 

Made in LA 2020: a version: Originally slated to open at the Hammer Museum and the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens on June 7, the biennial will now run from July 19 through January 3, 2021.

Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2): Originally scheduled for May 16–October 11, the exhibition has been postponed. 

Biennale de Sydney: The twenty-second edition of the exhibition, which opened on March 14, has closed. Organizers are teaming up with Google to launch a virtual edition of the biennial for the public, which will remain live until the physical exhibition is able to reopen. 

Manifesta 13, Marseille: The biennial which was set to open on June 7 has been indefinitely postponed. Organizers have also closed the event’s two project spaces in Marseille—Espace Manifesta 13 at 42 La Canebière and Tiers QG at 57 rue Bernard du Bois—until at least April 15 and closed the show at its headquarters in Amsterdam until further notice. 

TEFAF New York: Originally scheduled for May 8–11, the fair will now take place October 31–November 4, with a preview day on October 30.

Cannes Film Festival, France: Originally scheduled for May 12–May 23, the festival will announce new dates in the coming weeks. 

sonsbeek 20→24, Arnhem, the Netherlands: Originally scheduled for June 5–September 13, the twelfth edition of sonsbeek will now be held in 2021. 

1-54 New York: Originally scheduled for May 8–10, the fair will now take place in 2021.

Photo London: Originally scheduled for May 14–17, the fair will be held in the fall. 

Object & Thing, New York: Originally scheduled for May 7–10, the fair has been moved to November 13–15.

MIA Photo Fair, Milan: Originally scheduled for March 19–22, the fair will now be held September 10–September 13.

Art on theMART, Chicago: The fair’s spring launch has been postponed.

Glasgow International: Originally scheduled for April 24–May 10. The visual arts festival will be restaged in 2021.

NYCxDESIGN: The May festival will instead present programming in October. 

Sotheby’s: The auction house has closed its auction houses in Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Milan, New York, Paris, and Zurich until further notice and has announced changes in its spring sales schedule. 

The Met Gala: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has indefinitely postponed its biggest annual fundraiser. The event, which is one of New York’s biggest annual fashion events, was supposed to take place on May 4.

Christie’s, New York and Europe: The auction house has postponed sales scheduled for March and April. New dates have yet to be determined.

Phillips: The auction house has postponed all of its sales and events globally until May. 

Art Brussels: Originally scheduled for April 23–April 26. The fair will now take place June 25–June 28.

SP–Arte, São Paulo: Originally scheduled for April 1–April 5. New dates have yet to be announced.

Affordable Art Fair, Brussels: Originally scheduled for March 20–March 22. Rescheduled for September 11–September 13.

Affordable Art Fair, New York: Originally scheduled for March 26–March 29. Rescheduled for September 24–September 27. 

Eye of the Collector, London: Originally scheduled for May 13–May 16. The inaugural fair will be staged September 8–September 11.

Dallas Art Fair: Originally scheduled for April 16–April 19. The fair has been moved to October 1–October 4.

ART COLOGNE: Originally scheduled for April 23–April 26. The fair will now be held November 19–November 22.

Paris Photo New York: Originally scheduled for April 2–April 5. New dates to be announced.

Sharjah Art Foundation’s 2020 March Meeting, UAE: Originally scheduled for March 21–March 23. The event will be postponed until further notice.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, California: Originally scheduled for April 10–April 12 and April 17–April 19. The festival will now take place October 9–October 11 and October 16–October 18.

DRAWING NOW Art Fair, Paris: Originally scheduled for March 26–March 29. The fair has been moved to May 29 through June 1.

Berlin Gallery Weekend: Organizers have downsized the event, which is scheduled for May 1–May 3, and have moved large-scale programming to September 11–September 13, coinciding with Berlin Art Week.

The Photography Show and the Video Show, Birmingham, UK: Originally scheduled for March 14–March 17. The event will now be held September 19–September 22.

MiArt, Milan: Originally scheduled for April 17–April 19. The fair will now take place September 11–September 13, with a VIP preview day on September 10.

Málaga Film Festival: Originally scheduled for March 13–March 22. The twenty-third edition of the festival has yet to announce new dates.

Art Paris: Originally scheduled for April 2–April 5. The fair has been moved to May 28–May 31.

Venice Architecture Biennale: The opening of the seventeenth edition of the biennial has been pushed back three months; the event will now kick off on August 29 and run until November 29.

Art Dubai: Originally scheduled for March 25–March 28. New dates to be announced.

Lille Art Up!, France: Originally scheduled for March 5–March 8. It will now take place June 25–June 28.

Salon del Mobile, Milan: Originally scheduled for April 21–April 26. The exhibition has been moved to June 16–June 21.

Gallery Weekend Beijing: Originally scheduled to take place from March 13–March 20. The event will announce whether it will cancel this year’s edition or reschedule it on March 15.

Design Shanghai Fair: Originally scheduled for March 12–March 15. The fair will now be held May 26–May 29.

CAFAM Techne Triennial, Beijing: Originally supposed to begin on January 18, the inaugural edition has been suspended.


Seattle Art Fair: Originally scheduled for July 23–July 26.

Rencontres d’Arles, France: Originally scheduled for June 29 to September 20.

Art Paris: Originally scheduled for April 2–5.

NADA Chicago: Originally scheduled for September 24–27.

American Ballet Theater, New York: The company has canceled its upcoming season at the Metropolitan Opera House. 

1-54 New York: Originally scheduled for May 8–10.

Masterpiece London: Originally scheduled for June 24–July 1.

Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh Art Festival, and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: All five of the Scottish city’s August festivals have been canceled. 

Metropolitan Opera House, New York: The theater has canceled the rest of its 2020 season. 

Frieze New York: The fair has canceled its ninth edition, which was originally scheduled for May 6–10. The satellite event Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center will still be held, but will be moved to the summer.

Park Avenue Armory, New York: All performances of Deep Blue Sea, originally scheduled to run April 14–25, have been canceled. 

Cleveland International Film Festival: Originally scheduled for March 25–April 5. The event will be back next year.

Brooklyn Academy of Live Music, New York: All live programming has been suspended through March 29.

Lincoln Center, New York: All programming has been suspended for the month of March. 

LA Art Book Fair: Originally scheduled for April 3–April 5.

TEFAF Maastricht, the Netherlands: Originally scheduled for March 7–March 15. The fair opened as planned but called off the event on March 11 after an exhibitor tested positive for the virus.

South by Southwest, Austin, Texas: The thirty-fourth annual festival was originally scheduled for March 13–March 22.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC: All events have been canceled through the end of March.

Yale Architecture: The school announced on March 11 that it is suspending all events and programming through at least April 5.

London Book Fair: Originally scheduled for March 10–March 12.

Salon du Livre Paris 2020: Originally scheduled for March 20–March 23.

Tucson Festival of Books, Arizona: Originally scheduled for March 14–March 15. 

Jingart, Beijing: Originally scheduled for May 21–May 24.

Art Central Hong Kong: Originally scheduled for March 18–March 22.

Art Basel Hong Kong: Originally scheduled for March 19–March 21.

FotoFocus Biennial: Originally scheduled for October 2020, the next FotoFocus will take place in October 2022.

J. Yuan & Associates New York provides consulting services to art collectors and enthusiasts and helps them to own the art that aligns with their identity, values, and goals. Our current newsletter series encourages people in our community to remain healthy and strong and to overcome the difficult time with us together. 

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