Friday’s Art Notes

BY Hari Sreenivasan  February 19, 2010 at 10:41 AM EST

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An artist works at the ‘Nieves Fernandez Projects’ art gallery during the installation of the ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid. ARCO opens to the public from February 19 to 21, 2010. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Some things defy labels. A plan to put identifying stone markers at some of the capitol’s most iconic monuments has been rejected by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

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Theatrical adaptations of well-known art house films are in the works (and even Broadway-bound). Lincoln Center announced a musical version of Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ is slated to open next fall.

Earlier this month, Duncan Sheik (the Tony award-winning composer of “Spring Awakening”) signed on to work on a singing and dancing version of ‘American Psycho’, a satire of the 1980s about a serial-killer banker, based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel that became a 2000 film starring Christian Bale.

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Kathryn Grayson, a star of musicals made into movies (“Kiss Me Kate,” “Show Boat,” “Anchors Aweigh”) died at her home on Wednesday at the age of 88.