08 April 2021, The Tablet

Open to possibilities


Open to possibilities

Clouds I, 2020, by Sabine Moritz
Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias, London

 

Mercy – Sabine Moritz
Pilar Corrias, London

Consternation reigns in many quarters of the British art world this weekend, as commercial galleries (in England at least) are set to reopen on Monday, while public galleries and ­museums must wait until 17 May. The latter are considered places of entertainment, a classification challenged by many who consider art to be one of the crucial building blocks to restoring mental health after a period when we’ve experienced the kind of mass trauma more usually felt in wartime. It’s a perfectly reasonable point of view, particularly given that gyms and spas also reopen on Monday, as well as libraries, theme parks and zoos. The clear inference is that we’re moving to a stage where shared experiences and a change of scene are valid.

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