Friday’s Art Notes

BY Tom LeGro  March 5, 2010 at 10:55 AM EST

The Academy Award-nominated film “The Hurt Locker” has been lauded for its portrayal of the war in Iraq, but some veterans say it paints an unfair picture of life on the ground for troops. Jeffrey Brown talked to Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday and Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, about the controversy on Thursday’s PBS NewsHour:

We’ll have more about the Oscars on Friday’s NewsHour as well as a conversation with film critic and historian David Thomson here on Art Beat.

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Did Steve Martin stop being funny? Slate’s Nathan Heller seems to think so as he tries to “understand the actor, novelist, essayist, playwright, banjo player, crotch-centric variety show performer, and Oscar co-host.”

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Austrian architect Raimund Abraham, best known in this country for the Austrian Cultural Forum building in Manhattan, was killed in a car crash in downtown Los Angeles early Thursday morning.