Friday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  June 25, 2010 at 10:55 AM EST

A conservator restores the varnish of a painting at Ajaccio Fesch Palace on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. Photo by Stephan Agostini/ AFP/ Getty Images

A conservator restores the varnish of a painting at Ajaccio Fesch Palace on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. After important renovation works, Ajaccio’s fine arts museum will reopen on June 26, with its vast collection of Italian paintings and one of the most remarkable series of portraits of the Bonaparte family. Photo by Stephan Agostini/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Activists are showing up at high-profile arts venues in Britain to protest ties between those institutions and BP in light of the Gulf Coast oil spill, via the Guardian.

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The National Endowment for the Arts has announced it will honor Philip Glass, members of the Marsalis family and several other artists for lifetime achievements in opera, jazz, and the folkarts, via the Washington Post.

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Bad summer concert ticket sales are causing tour date cancellations across the country, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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The New York Times previews the 2010 Afro-Punk Festival, which kicks off Today in Brooklyn, via the New York Times

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Today is the one-year anniversary of the death of pop legend Michael Jackson, via the Los Angeles Times.

Watch the NewsHour segment on Jackson from June 25, 2009: