Monday’s Art Notes

BY Carolyn O'Hara  May 24, 2010 at 10:30 AM EST

Members of the Iraqi National Symphonic Orchestra perform during a ceremony at the ministry of culture in Baghdad on May 23, 2010 to celebrate the establishment of a copyright system for artists working in Iraq. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/ AFP/ Getty Images

Members of the Iraqi National Symphonic Orchestra perform during a ceremony at the ministry of culture in Baghdad on May 23, 2010 to celebrate the establishment of a copyright system for artists working in Iraq. The step is the first of its kind in the war-battered country where artists did not have clear laws defending their rights in regards to their artistic work. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/ AFP/ Getty Images

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The enigma wrapped in a mystery set on an island (and airing on ABC) called ‘Lost’ wrapped up its final episode Sunday night. Here are reactions and reviews from James Poniewozik for Time, Ross Douthat for the New York Times and Chad Post (director of small press Open Letter Books) for the Wall Street Journal.

Before the finale, Joanna Weiss wrote for the Boston Globe about how “Lost” had achieved art.

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The Cannes Film Festival, characterized this year by serious films about loss, ended Sunday, via the Associated Press (read about the winners via IFC).

The Palme d’Or went to Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul for his film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” via the Los Angeles Times.

Actor and director Mathieu Amalric won the directing prize for his film “Tournee” about an American burlesque troop performing in France, via The Auteurs.

Juliette Binoche won Best Actress for “Certified Copy” by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, via Salon.

Other talked-about (though not necessarily well-received) contributions came from Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh (a top contender for the Palme d’or) and Frederick Wiseman.

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Mark Twain’s autobiography will be published in November after the author’s 100-year embargo ended on Friday, via the Independent.

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The Washington Post tells the story of how a large collection of historical African American clothes items (which constituted the Black Fashion Museum) was donated to the Smithsonian.

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Arthur Danto writes about encountering the performance art of Marina Abramovic, whose retrospective at the MoMA ends this week.

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Broadway will dim its lights on Tuesday to honor long-time theater critic Michael Kuchwara who died Saturday at age 63, via the New York Times.

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The first-annual Moby Awards — prizes for the best short video trailers created by publishers to promote new books — were handed out last Thursday, via GalleyCat.

In this nominated (but not winning) trailer, Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler helps satirize the fight between hard copy publishing and digital publishing: