Friday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  May 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM EDT

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Dana Stephensen performs the work ‘Contour’ during the final rehearsal of ‘Bodytorque. Muses’ by the Australian Ballet in Sydney on May 26, 2011. ‘Bodytorque. Muses’ comprises of five choreographed modern ballet performances exploring the relationship between artist and muse. Photo by Torsten Blackwood/ AFP/ Getty Images

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The New York Times tells the story of how a possible Michelangelo turned up in a upstate New York house, and how its owner has spent years trying to prove its provenance, prompting debate and disagreement from scholars.

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The American Guild of Musical Artists, the union that represents the singers at the New York City Opera, filed a labor complaint against their bosses in order to try and block the company’s leave-taking of Lincoln Center, via The Wall Street Journal.

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The founder of EBay, Pierre Omidyar, has given $3 million to the Louvre for projects relating to Persian art, via ARTINFO.

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Many arts writes have lately wondered why American museums aren’t taking a greater stand against China’s imprisonment of Ai Weiwei, including Terry Teachout for the Wall Street Journal, Tyler Green at Modern Art Notes and Mary Louise Schumacher for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Leonora Carrington, one of the most celebrated artists in Latin America who traded her British aristocracy to become a surrealist and the lover of Max Ernst as a young woman, has died at age 94 in her longtime home of Mexico City, via Retuers.