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The Louvre suddenly closed to the public on Sunday while its staff met to discuss the spread of the Coronavirus, 100 cases of which have been confirmed in France. [ARTnews]

Mark Rothko’s 1957 painting No. 22 (reds), which was held in the estate of the late collector and financier Donald Marron, has sold for $70 million. It was announced in February that the galleries Pace, Gagosian, and Acquavella would sell Marron’s collection. [Bloomberg]

The philanthropist Judy Francis Zankel, who resigned from the board of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York following the firing of its director, has retracted a $5 million bequest to the museum from her will. [The New York Times]

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Collectors

ARTnews Top 200 Collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo no longer plans to establish an outpost of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in a defunct slaughterhouse in Madrid. She is seeking another space in the Spanish city. [The Art Newspaper]

Los Angeles

This compilation of responses from Los Angeles Times readers reveals why “Southern Californians have strong feelings about LACMA’s teardown plan.” [Los Angeles Times]

Artists 

The Times has a Q&A with Mary Lovelace O’Neal, whose solo exhibition at Mnuchin Gallery in New York continues through March 14. “I call myself a painter,” the artist said. “What I can do is paint and make things that are powerful.” [The New York Times]

Before Tate Modern opens its Andy Warhol retrospective on March 12, read this piece by Olivia Laing on how the artist “foreshadowed our compulsive romance with technology.” [Financial Times]

Politics

Hunter Biden, the son of former vice-president and democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, says that painting “is literally keeping me sane.” [The New York Times]

And more

A 1749 painting of Westminster Abbey created by the 18th-century Venetian artist Canaletto will go on public view for the first time in nearly 200 years at the London landmark this month. [The Guardian]

Finally, take a look at photographer John Margolies’s images of the artful roadside oddities that sit alongside American highways. [Atlas Obscura]



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