Monday’s Art Notes

BY Alicia Lozano  March 8, 2010 at 10:55 AM EST

Kathryn Bigelow; photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

—Kathryn Bigelow, winner for best director and best picture for “The Hurt Locker,” gives her acceptance speech at the 82nd Academy Awards. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images.

‘The Hurt Locker,’ a film that tells the story of American soldiers sent out to defuse bombs in war-torn Iraq, won the Oscar for best picture Sunday night at the Academy Awards. For her work on the film, Kathryn Bigelow was named best director, the first woman to win that award.

Jeff Bridges won the Oscar for best actor for his role in “Crazy Heart,” while the award for best actress went to Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side.”

In the documentary features category, “The Cove” took home the top prize. We’ll have a conversation with its director, Louie Psihoyos, later today.

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The Washington Post wonders about the need for an outside fact-checking of documentaries, as it examines a dispute between the director of a popular, recent art documentary and the Pew Charitable Fund.

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The letters of Giorgio Vasari, the Renaissance artist and scholar who immortalized artists like Michelangelo and Giotto, will go up for auction this week in Italy, despite a government order that they should never be removed from the site and claims that they were sold last year to a Russian gas magnate.

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Indie musician and songwriter Mark Linkous, who performed in the band Sparklehorse, committed suicide on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 47. In 2009, Sparklehorse collaborated with director David Lynch and music producer Danger Mouse on a collaborative album called Dark Night of the Soul.