The Art Newspaper – Colour in Quarantine with artists like Daniel Heidkamp and Rashid Johnson

The Art Newspaper — April 7, 2020

As social distancing and “safer-at-home” orders are extended throughout the US this week, artist including KAWS, Jeffrey Gibson, Daniel Heidkamp, Rashid Johnson and Alex Israel have signed up to participate in a series of daily live colouring sessions hosted by the New York based non-profit arts organisation RxART. Users can download the tracings, which were featured in previous colouring books released by RxART, and tune in via Instagram at 4pm Eastern Standard Time to draw and colour with the artists themselves (and sometimes their families and children) who are also quarantined at home.

The line-up is being announced on an ongoing basis, and this week will include Brian Bress, Neil Raitt, Elizabeth McIntosh and Andrew Brischler. Users are encouraged to share their works and connect with others using the hashtag #ColoringFromHome.

The organisation, which commissions artists to transform pediatric medical facilities at no cost to the hospitals (and most recently commissioned the Haas Brothers to create a whimsical series of sculptures for the entrance at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC) says that “navigating this new and surreal reality feels like a frustrating maze, but as you process, doing all you can to stay well and moving forward, we encourage you to take breaks to get lost in art.”

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