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On June 6, 2020, the USF Contemporary Art Museum opened Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus. Its first major virtual exhibition, the show asked a select company of international artists to respond to the overwhelming realities of living through a global health crisis. Fifty-four artists answered the call. Each of their contributions, displayed on the museum’s dedicated digital platform, painted a picture of a world in turmoil, while also providing images of hope, humor, and optimism in the teeth of a planetary emergency.
As an epilogue to the exhibition, USF Graphicstudio engaged seven artists from Life During Wartime to contribute a single print each to a benefit portfolio. Their work, captured in these pages, commemorates both the difficulties of living through a pandemic and art’s spectacular resiliency during times of crisis. The artists included in the portfolio are Sebastiaan Bremer, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Ellen Harvey, Mark Thomas Gibson, Deborah Kass, Hew Locke, and Narsiso Martinez. Only sold as a portfolio and not available individually.