Culture Canvas

BY Annie Strother  December 15, 2011 at 10:51 AM EST

A roundup of the week’s arts and culture headlines.


Click to enlarge. George Whitman, the owner of the famed Parisian bookstore Shakespeare & Company, died Wednesday at the age of 98. The bookshop, which specialized in English-language literature, was a writers’ refuge and literary hub in the French capital. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images.

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The Metropolitan Opera’s music director, James Levine, has withdrawn from conducting for at least the next two years because of health problems, via The New York Times. Levine has directed the ensemble since 1971.

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The National Hellenic Museum just opened its doors in Chicago, via WBEZ. The museum features antiquities as well as exhibits reflecting contemporary Greek-American culture.

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The Art Genome Project aims to match prospective art collectors directly with work they like. Similar online services could change the wheeling and dealing of fine art, via The Wall Street Journal.

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The third Algerian International Contemporary Art Festival reflects recent shifts in the country and the region, via ARTINFO.

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This season’s Golden Globe nominations have been announced, via Newsday.

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A new push for consistent grammatical structures in the invented languages of science fiction films and television is generating new opportunities for linguists, via The New York Times. Art Beat talked to Paul Frommer in 2009 about Na’vi, the language he created for “Avatar.”

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New York City’s musicians’ union is pushing for pension benefits and a minimum wage for jazz musicians, via The New York Times.

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Ten years after the opening of a wing at the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s art critic reflects on the evolution of the city’s arts communities.

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Charles Krause — formerly a foreign correspondent for CBS, The Washington Post and the NewsHourhas opened a new gallery in Washington, D.C., to showcase international artists who are under the radar, via ARTINFO.

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An essay in The Art Newspaper says that recent lawsuits aimed at art historians over the authentication of art is hurting scholarship.

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A visualization of the Prelude from Bach’s “Unaccompanied Suites for Cello” graphs the baroque structure of the piece.

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Guernica has a selection of photographs from the Lagos Photo Festival, which featured world-famous photographers from Nigeria, South Africa and around the world.

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Hollywood producer Bert Schneider, who worked on some of the most iconic and disaffected films of the ’60s and ’70s, died Monday at the age of 78, via The Los Angeles Times. Schneider’s projects included “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “Hearts and Minds” and “Days of Heaven.”

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Erica Wilson, who helped re-popularize needleworking, died Tuesday at the age of 83, via The New York Times.