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Beijing Arts Districts Evictions, Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso’s Works on Paper, and More: Morning Links from July 12, 2019

The Forbidden City in Beijing.

The Forbidden City in Beijing.

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Controversies

Artists residing in two arts districts in Beijing were abruptly evicted. “We’re not prepared at all,” one artist said. “And no one has explained it to us.” [The Art Newspaper]

A billboard advertising an exhibition of Islamic art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was vandalized with xenophobic phrases. In a statement, the museum said it would not be “deterred by any form of intolerance.” [New York Daily News]

Pyotr Pavlensky, the Russian dissident artist known for his boundary-pushing performances, gets the profile treatment. “Everything in my art is done to make people think,” he says. [The New York Times]

Museums

Holland Cotter on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s presentation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Saint Jerome Praying in the Wilderness: “Powerful this picture is, as dramatically rich as a three-act opera, with a full-throttle aria of scorching anguish at its center.” [The New York Times]

A 300-work exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s works on paper is headed to the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio next spring. [Cleveland.com]

The Sarasota Art Museum in Florida has changed its name, and it will now be known as Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College. [Sarasota Herald Tribune]

Ginger Shulick Porcella, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, will step down from her post next year. [Tucson Sentinel]

Collecting

In his review of a new book about the Duveen Brothers, James Tarmy writes that the story of their collecting habits will act as a “reminder of the fickleness of taste that should chill any contemporary collector today.” [Bloomberg]

Madonna’s former art adviser is selling off the singer’s personal belongings. Here’s why. [Artnet News]

Nina Simone

John Legend, Issa Rae, and Mahershala Ali are among those to have donated to a campaign to preserve Nina Simone’s childhood home. The campaign was first kicked off in 2017 by artists Ellen Gallagher, Rashid Johnson, Julie Mehretu, and Adam Pendleton. [ARTnews]

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