Friday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  January 22, 2010 at 12:37 PM EDT

An exhibition piece entitled 'Mask II' from the new Ron Mueck exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Photo by Raoul Wegat/ Getty Images

An exhibition piece entitled ‘Mask II’ from the new Ron Mueck exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition will feature 12 of Mueck’s hyper-realistic sculptures from the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, along with 4 new works. Photo by Raoul Wegat/ Getty Images

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Someone stole a 600 year-old pirate skull from a museum in Hamburg.

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Another kind of pirate story: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry worries that online music piracy will kill the music industries of smaller countries.

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The Sundance Film Festival opened last night with beatnik biopic “Howl,” starring James Franco as poet Allen Ginsburg. Financially, the festival seems to be getting off to a better start than last year. Our own Jeffrey Brown will be there next week as a juror. We’ll be checking in with him so stay tuned!