Monday’s Art Notes

BY Carolyn O'Hara  May 31, 2010 at 10:45 AM EST

Chinese artist Li Wei performs outside a shop in Hong Kong. Li Wei has performed all over the world to communicate his artistic message. Photo by Mike Clarke/ AFP/ Getty Images

Chinese artist Li Wei performs outside a shop in Hong Kong. Li Wei has performed all over the world to communicate his artistic message. His current exhibition is entitled ‘Beyond Gravity’ dealing with desire for material goods and power. Photo by Mike Clarke/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Dennis Hopper died Saturday at age 74 from prostate cancer, via the Los Angeles Times. Hopper is best known for his intense screen persona that helped define the attitude of the counterculture in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, including “Easy Rider” (which he co-produced and wrote with co-star Peter Fonda), “Apocalypse Now” and “Blue Velvet”.

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A British scholar is claiming that a 700-year old Zimbabwean bowl-shaped artifact could be a copy of the Ark of the Covenant, via the Associated Press.

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A New York Times profile of Sri Lankan-born hip-hop star MIA prompted an angry response from its subject, via ARTINO.

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Some big-name musicians are boycotting playing concerts in Arizona in reaction to the new immigration law, via the New York Times.

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The Department of Justice is making inquiries about how tech company Apple does business with its music and film industry partners, via CNET.

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The Guardian has a slide show of highlights from the upcoming auction of the Polaroid Collection.

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Hopper was also a “ former stage actor, painter, photographer, as well as an art collector (The Wooster Collective has a clip of Hopper discussing collecting.) A retrospective of his visual art will open in July at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, via the Los Angeles Times.

Here are excerpts from some of his best-known roles: