As the Art World Turns

New exhibitions on Dürer’s European travels and Frans Hals’s men in London are on your art critic’s agenda, if the Covid mass hysteria ever ends. Left: Albrecht Dürer, Madonna and Child [obverse], c. 1496-99. Oil on panel. Right: Frans Hals, The Laughing Cavalier, 1624. Oil on canvas. (Public domain/National Gallery of Art, Wikimedia)
Looking ahead to 2022, and trying not to look back.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE F or the past two years, the art world, like nearly every other part of life, has been defined by Covid and the hysteria around it. Every day felt like a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, if not from the grim death counts, then from the grim quackery of Dr. Tony the Phony, seemingly on every TV channel at all times. The Covid crackup will inform one or two of 2022’s big art issues but, blessedly, not all of them.

In 2020, when America’s art aristocracy, its museum directors, forgot that epidemics come and go, the Association of

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