Coronavirus Causes Museum Closures in Italy—and More Art News –

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Amid increasing travel restrictions associated with the coronavirus outbreak, Sotheby’s has relocated its April Hong Kong modern and contemporary sales to New York. [Art Market Monitor]

Museums in Venice, Milan, and Turin will close for at least one week after cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in northern Italy. [The Art Newspaper]

Abuse of Power

On the heels of sexual misconduct allegations against erstwhile Erie Art Museum director Joshua Helmer, a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer details accusations of verbal and physical abuse by a former manager at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

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The new MassArt Art Museum in Boston, which will present rotating exhibitions of contemporary works, is now open to the public with free admission. A large-scale fabric sculpture by artist Joana Vasconcelos is currently on view. [WBUR]


A 1975 painting by David Hockney depicting the artist’s parents will be displayed publicly for the first time in a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. [The Guardian]

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is currently showing 76 paintings and sculptures by African-American artists from the collection of Constance Clayton, a former Philadelphia School District superintendent. Gifted to the institution last year, the collection includes works by Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Charles White, and others. [The Philadelphia Tribune]

The Louvre opened its doors for nighttime visits to its Leonardo blockbuster during the final three days of the show’s run. [RFI]


Painter Jack Youngerman, whose work was included in MoMA’s storied “16 Americans” exhibition in 1959, has died at 93. [ARTnews]

Miss Rosen examines the enduring legacy of the late Carolee Schneemann, who died last year at age 79. [AnOther]

Bonnie MacLean, who created dizzying posters for rock concerts in San Francisco during the 1960s and 1970s, has died at age 80. [The New York Times]

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