Christie’s Closes Temporarily Due to Coronavirus—and More Art News – – Google Alerts

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In response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Christie’s will close many of its locations around the world and postpone 14 sales that had been set to take place in New York and Paris between now and the end of April. [ARTnews]

The luxury goods company LVMH—which is headed up by ARTnews Top 200 collector Bernard Arnault and creates perfumes and make-up for brands like Dior and Givenchy—will produce a hand sanitizer for French hospitals. [The Guardian]

Paintings by Salvator Rosa, Antony Van Dyck, and Annibale Carracci have been stolen from Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford, England. [Thames Valley Police]

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Artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, whose works challenged political, social, and sexual binaries, has died at age 70 after a battle with leukemia. [ARTnews]

Bill Stern, prominent collector and curator of ceramics and founder of the Museum of California Design, has died at 78. [Los Angeles Times]

Sales & Acquisitions

Christie’s next meteorite auction, which is scheduled to take place online later this month, will include the Murchison meteorite that landed in Australia in 1969. Here’s a look at more otherworldly offerings in the sale. [The New York Times]

As part of an effort to acquire work by women artists, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has added A Bouquet of Flowers (ca. 1612), a work by still life painter Clara Peeters, to its collection. [The Art Newspaper]


“HERE: Black in Rembrandt’s Time,” a show at the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam, focuses on “the many different roles that black people played in society” in the Netherlands in the 17th-century and “the many different roles they played in paintings for artists,” according to curator Stephanie Archangel. [The New York Times]



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