Friday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  November 19, 2010 at 1:46 PM EDT

1119_giacometti.jpg

A journalist walks past sculptures by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti at the Kunstmuseum in Wolfsburg, central Germany, on November 18, 2010. From November 20, 2010 to March 6, 2011, the museum presents a comprehensive overview of Giacometti’s mature work. Around 60 sculptures will be displayed alongside more than 30 paintings and several drawings. Photo by Jochen Luebke/ AFP/ Getty Images

*

With the overnight opening of the latest (and nearly the last) Harry Potter movie, that mega film franchise will soon draw to a close. But Prime Minister David Cameron says that Britain’s film industry should work harder to make big and profitable movies like that series, via The Guardian.

Plus, Rupert Grint, the actor who plays “Ron” in the series, says he’s always considered pursuing a career in art, Monsters and Critics.

*

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had new body parts made to adhere magnetically to priceless, classical statues whose original appendages have broken off, via The Guardian.

*

Two ancient sculptures that had been stolen from Italian museums in the 1980s and ended up in the possession of a New York art dealer have finally been returned to Italy, via the Associated Press

*

Jay-Z talked rap and art collecting with PBS’s Charlie Rose last night at the Brooklyn Museum, via Flavorwire

*

Did art help bring together the newly engaged royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton?, via The Art Newspaper.

*

Nathan Oliveira, a figurative painter who infused an Abstract Expressionst style with an evocative, dark psychology, has died in Palo Alto at the age of 81, via The New York Times.