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Details have been released about museum and gallery reopenings across the UK, following the announcement last week that cultural institutions will be able to open from 4 July providing they follow ‘Covid-19 secure’ guideline. The National Gallery will be the first major London museum to open its doors on 8 July, followed by the Royal Academy of Arts which will open to members of its Friends scheme on 9 July and then the wider public on 16 July. All four Tate galleries will reopen on 27 July. The Barbican will reopen on 13 July and the Whitechapel Gallery and Photographers’ Gallery on 14 July – but other venues across the capital, such as the British Museum and Natural History Museum, are yet to confirm a date. Elsewhere in the UK, Turner Contemporary in Margate will open on 22 July, with the Hepworth Wakefield and Nottingham Contemporary scheduled to welcome visitors in early August. The Whitworth in Manchester is among those venues planning to reopen in September. Visitors to all venues will need to book timed tickets in advance, with social distancing enforced throughout exhibitions.
Milton Glaser, the celebrated American graphic designer, has died at the age of 91. Glaser is most well known for his bold ‘I ♥ NY’ logo and the poster he designed for Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, in which he depicts the singer with psychedelic hair – his work is often cited as capturing the spirit of the 1960s. Glaser was born in the Bronx in 1929. He studied at Cooper Union and then in Bologna, where he trained with the painter Giorgio Morandi. He founded Push Pin studios in 1954 with Seymour Chwast and others, before setting up his own design firm 20 years later. Alongside Clay Felker, he was part of the team that founded New York magazine in the late ’60s. Read Will Martin’s tribute to Glaser for Apollo here.