Friday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  May 6, 2011 at 11:35 AM EST

Local residents dance in a field during a traditional festival to ask for a good harvest, outside of the Belarussian village of Pogost, some 250 km south-west of Minsk, on May 6, 2011. Photo by Viktor Drachev/ AFP/ Getty Images

Local residents dance in a field during a traditional festival to ask for a good harvest, outside of the Belarussian village of Pogost, some 250 km south-west of Minsk, on May 6, 2011. Photo by Viktor Drachev/ AFP/ Getty Images

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The heirs of the Wal-Mart fortune have pledged of $800 million to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, an institution founded by the late Sam Walton’s daughter Alice, in Arkansas, via The Wall Street Journal.

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Arthur Laurents, the playwright who penned “West Side Story” and “Gypsy” as well as the Barbara Streisand movie “The Way We Were” has died at age 93, via The New York Times.

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Trustees for the City University of New York decided to block an honorary degree for the playwright Tony Kushner because of allegations that he is anti-Israel, via The New York Times.

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Ai Weiwei’s first major retrospective will open in London on May 13, but the artist is still missing, via The Wall Street Journal.

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A Danish artist won a counter-suit against fashion designer Louis Vuitton after the designer had previously sued her for using an image of one of his handbags in her painting, via The Copenhagen Post.

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In England, a plan to knock down a home where the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti had painted in order to replace it with a new apartment building has been rejected, via Bognor Regis Observer.