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David C. Driskell, whose scholarship centered African-American art history and who changed the discipline forever, has died at 89. [ARTnews]

Peter Beard, who is known for his mixed-media collages of nature photographs, is currently missing. Beard has dementia and was last seen Tuesday afternoon in Montauk. [The New York Times]

Coronavirus’s Impact

Kelly Crow reports that Sotheby’s will furlough around 200 employees and cut pay by 20 percent for those not furloughed. [The Wall Street Journal]

After laying off 97 part-time employees, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles said all 69 full-time staff would be furloughed or receive significant pay cuts. [Los Angeles Times]

A temporary mortuary will be built at the Irish Museum of Modern Art as the “country prepares Public Health facilities to deal with Covid-19.” [The Art Newspaper]


Daniel Lind-Ramos, a breakout star of the 2019 Whitney Biennial, had just opened his first New York solo show before coronavirus shut the city down. He turned to drawing in notebooks. [The New York Times]

Critic Jonathan Jones waxes poetics on “how David Hockney depicted a spring for self-isolationists.” [The Guardian]

Di Donna Galleries in New York has created an online viewing room to showcase the work of postwar painter Maria Helena Vieira da Silva. [Art Market Monitor]

Virtual Museums

Michael Kimmelman gives readers a virtual walking tour of New York’s Museum Mile. [The New York Times]

The Museums Sheffield in England present “the great British art quiz” as a way to explore their collection online. [The Guardian]

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