Monday’s Art Notes

BY Maureen Hoch  December 21, 2009 at 10:22 AM EDT
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—Snow covers a sculpture near the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Heavy snowfall blanketed large portions of the East Coast this weekend. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images.)

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The sale of contemporary art was down 75 percent this year at the major auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s.

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A much cheaper way to own your share of contemporary art will be within reach for iPhone users. A German software engineer has teamed up with an art dealer to offer a new mobile art gallery iPhone application.

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Book thievery abounds in the current recession, writes Margo Rabb in an essay for the New York Times.

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In more bad news for the bookstore: Next month Laredo, Texas, may become the largest city in America without a single bookstore, when its last one is slated to close.