Friday’s Art Notes

BY Tom LeGro  March 12, 2010 at 12:41 PM EST

Jackson Pollock Stamp
The U.S. Postal Service issued stamps commemorating the works of 10 Abstract expressionists on Thursday. The stamps feature works by Hans Hoffmann, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Barnett Newman, Robert Motherwell, Adolph Gottlieb, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Joan Mitchell.

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The National Book Critics Circle Award winners were announced Thursday night. British author Hilary Mantel won the award for fiction for “Wolf Hall,” a detailed look at the court of Henry VIII and his adviser Thomas Cromwell during the English Reformation.

Jeffrey Brown talked to Mantel last year after she won the Man Booker Prize for the same novel.

The other winners Thursday night were: Rae Armantrout for her poetry collection, “Versed “; Richard Holmes in nonfiction for “The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science”; Eula Biss in criticism for “Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays”; Blake Bailey’s biography, “Cheever: A Life”; and Diana Athill’s autobiography, “Somewhere Towards the End.”

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The Root’s two-part interview with Spike Lee concludes today. The filmmaker talks about New Orleans, from its Super Bowl win to his latest documentary about Katrina to David Simon’s ‘Treme,’ gentrification and black politicians.

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In anticipation of Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’, The Guardian Film Blog’s Danny Leigh ponders ‘Why Hollywood still loves the banks’ and will it ever get it right.