Museum Closures in Italy, Rarely Seen Hockney Painting Goes on View, and More: Morning Links from February 24, 2020 – ARTnews

Two women wearing a protective facemask walk across the Piazza del Duomo, in front of the Duomo, in central Milan, on February 24, 2020 closed following security measures taken in northern Italy against the COVID-19 the novel coronavirus. - Italy reported on February 24, 2020 its fourth death from the new coronavirus, an 84-year old man in the northern Lombardy region, as the number of people contracting the virus continued to mount. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP) (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

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Coronavirus

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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Openings

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]

Exhibitions

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]

R.I.P.

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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