Covid-19 Exclusives: The Virus Blights the Art World

By Ooi Kok Chuen

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Dr. Choong Kam Kow’s Photo-Realist work, Determined to Fight Epidemic.
VISUAL ART activities have been badly impacted by the Covid-19 Virus global pandemic. Museums, festivals, art fairs, biennials are closed, often with immediate effect, while workshops/screenings/ demonstrations are cancelled.In Malaysia existing and onstream exhibitions, beset by abrupt partial-lockdown directives, go virtual or migrate to social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. But with the distinct possibility of the government’s Movement Control Order (MCO) extending beyond March 31, Anthony Chan Sai Weng’s solo (Paintings 2012-2019), for example, might be only...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

is an art-writer and journalist, and the author of MAHSURI: A Legend Reborn (Ooi Peeps Publishing), an adult contemporary fantasy “movel” (a novel conceived as a mock movie) spun from a local legend.