Covid-19 Exclusives: The Art World in Quarantine

By Ooi Kok Chuen

May 2020 PENANG PALETTE
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Charles Cham, Masks on Mask En Masse.
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WHAT DO ARTISTS and galleries/dealers do during lockdowns? Suffering a severe money crunch, they know sanguinely that it will be a new art market and landscape they will be returning to once the MCO is ended. For Malaysia, the MCO, implemented on March 18-31, then extended to April 14, has been further pushed to April 28.How will Art move on from this Ground Zero after the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic? For now, with most exhibitions, auctions, fairs, biennials...

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Ooi Kok Chuen

art-writer and journalist, is 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.