Friday’s Art Notes

BY Tom LeGro  December 17, 2010 at 11:17 AM EDT

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A man poses through a cardboard cutout beside portraits of Joseph Stalin during the opening of “Living Museum” in Sofia. The Bulgarian capital is hosting a series of art installations, performances and exhibitions mocking communism. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images.

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Blake Edwards, whose decades-long career spanned writing, directing and producing nearly 50 films, died late Wednesday at age 88. He had a hand in creating several hits, including “The Pink Panther,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “10.” Edwards, who was married to actress Julie Andrews, died from complications of pneumonia at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., after being hospitalized for about two weeks. He told the Los Angeles Times last year that he stayed creative by channeling his energy into making paintings and sculpture.

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The producers of Broadway musical “The Scottsboro Boys,” which closed Sunday due to poor ticket sales, are asking fans and others to commit on the show’s Web site to buying $99 tickets if the musical were to re-open on Broadway this spring, via the New York Times’ ArtBeat.

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The producers of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” the most expensive show in Broadway history,
are delaying its opening a third time and moving its debut from Jan. 11 to sometime in February so the creative team can work on the ending and other facets of the musical, via the Wall Street Journal.

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Researchers have built a database of more than 500 billion words, culled from Google’s book-scanning project of 5 million books. The words provide unique insight into cultural changes, via NPR.

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The Louvre has received the extra 1 million euro ($1.3 million) in donations it appealed for to buy 16th-century German masterpiece, “The Three Graces” by Lucas Cranach the elder. Five thousand donors contributed after the Paris museum set up a website last month to call for funds to buy the Renaissance painting, via Agence France-Presse.

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Burglars broke into Normandale (Minn.) Community College’s fine arts gallery Tuesday night and stole a sculpture made with 316 dollar bills, via the Star Tribune. The wire-mesh sculpture by John Ilg was called “Honesty.”