Met Art is a New York-based art gallery that has been at the forefront of the global anti-cop protests that swept through the United States in early January.
But after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the gallery has been struggling to keep up with demand for art.
A gallery employee told CBS News that the gallery was forced to close due to a sudden spike in visitors and it had to stop selling the artworks.
In March, Artwork in the Public Interest, a nonprofit that has campaigned against the coronaviruses coronaviral pandemic, posted a notice on its website that said it would stop selling artworks after the museum announced that it was going to take down its online exhibition of works by Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist whose work has become a rallying cry for those who oppose Trump.
The notice said the decision to stop the exhibition was due to “the rise in the number of visitors and the increasing volume of work from the gallery’s collections.”
The move was met with widespread criticism on social media and from those who were offended by the idea that a museum would sell its work.
“I think the decision is really important, to put people in their place,” said Amy Schlesinger, who co-founded Artwork International in 2013 and founded the nonprofit, to CBS News.
“We don’t want to be complicit in it.”
Ai Weiwei’s artworks are now being taken down from the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
At the time of the New York protest, Ai Wei-wei was a well-known activist who spoke out against the Trump administration’s policies.
His work, which focuses on social justice and the environment, was a major inspiration for the protests that broke out across the country and were later joined by thousands of artists who are working to fight the coronaviirus pandemic.
“I was shocked, and very saddened, and I think it’s fair to say that we were disappointed in how the world has responded to these events,” Schlesingsinger said.
“And I think people are very disappointed in the fact that the museum is not doing more to protect the people who are being harmed by the coronovirus.”
The New York rally also coincided with the first time that Artwork has sold out of its current exhibition.
Artwork International has a goal to sell more than 50,000 artworks to the public in 2019.
The group has already sold about 7,500 pieces of artworks, according to Schlesingers.
“It’s a really amazing amount of art, I think,” she said.
As part of the initiative, the museum has posted notices on the website, Facebook and Twitter announcing that the current exhibition of Ai Wei Wei’s work would be temporarily shut down.
And it’s the first of many exhibitions that will be pulled from the internet in 2019 that will shut down after the president signs a new executive order that would make it easier to deport people who entered the United State illegally.
However, the announcement on the museum’s website did not specify when the exhibition would be pulled down. “
This is not a one-time event.”
However, the announcement on the museum’s website did not specify when the exhibition would be pulled down.
“The museum is working diligently to make it possible for the public to continue to view the Ai Wei’s Ai WeiUi exhibition,” it read.
“Unfortunately, it is too soon to provide a timeline for when this exhibition will be reopened.”
But the museum also pointed out that it has sold thousands of Ai-related artworks in recent years.
The company said that it plans to sell a selection of Ai paintings in 2019 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of Ai, who died in 2014.
Despite the announcement, the Trump presidency has been a boon for the American art world, according, Brown.
The United States is one of the few countries that has never taken in a large number of refugees, she said, and there is still a lot of art that people in China can enjoy.
But there’s also a lot that China cannot.
“There’s a lot less art coming out of China, because China doesn’t have a lot in terms of artists,” Brown said.