Friday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  March 26, 2010 at 11:48 AM EDT

Artists arrive at The Royal Academy of Arts to hand in works completed for the 242nd Summer Exhibition in London. Photo by Dan Kitwood/ Getty Images

Artists arrive at The Royal Academy of Arts to hand in works completed for the 242nd Summer Exhibition in London. The Summer Exhibition is the largest open submission contemporary art exhibition in the world and runs from 14 June to the 22 August, 2010 at the Royal Academy of Arts in Central London. Photo by Dan Kitwood/ Getty Images

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Britain should invest in culture to help economic recovery, says an alliance of arts leaders. Speaking at the launch of the arts manifesto Cultural Capital, Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum said, “We want to give politicians the confidence to put on their CVs not what football team they support, but why life without Schubert is impossible.”

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Actor Dennis Hopper is terminally ill and is unable to undergo chemotherapy to treat prostate cancer, his lawyer said in court papers. Joseph Mannis said Hopper, 73, was therefore too weak to participate in a deposition in his divorce case.

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The committee in charge of picking a plan for a national memorial to President Dwight Eisenhower revealed the winning design by architect Frank Gehry on Friday. The plan is to construct a monumental square, replete with limestone columns, an oak grove and three woven metal tapestries that depict scenes from the life of the president.

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On Sunday, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston will display a letter written in 1946 from J.D. Salinger to Ernest Hemingway that recounts a meeting between the authors and possibly hints at the coming publication of “The Catcher in the Rye,” the New York Times ArtBeat reports, citing the Associated Press