Monday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  June 14, 2010 at 10:35 AM EST

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Artists from Germany, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Lithuania, Sweden, Ukraine and others took part in the annual International Fire Fest in Kiev over the weekend. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/ AFP/ Getty Images

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At the Tony Awards on Sunday, the big winners were ‘Memphis,’ winner of Best Musical, ‘Red’, winner of Best Play (plus five other awards), as well as the revival productions of ‘Fences’ and ‘La Cage Aux Folles.’ Acting awards were picked up by Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Catherine Zeta Jones, Scarlett Johansson and Eddie Redmayne.

The Chicago Tribune notes how the awards show felt younger than in recent years (with show tunes swapped for rock music, a la GreenDay).

Los Angeles Times’ theater critic Charles McNulty argues that the Tonys went to productions with the greatest box-office potential and to actors with the most name recognition.

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Four people were shot and injured at a concert in Birmingham, England on Sunday, via the Guardian.

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A popular country music group tries to woo a European following, via the New York Times.

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Several paintings were found to have been vandalized at the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, via the Daytona Beach News-Journal

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Librarians in New York held a 24-hour read-in over the weekend to protest upcoming layoffs and branch closings.

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The Huffington Post has a slide show of some of the dark, satirical graphic art made in response to the BP oil spill.

The New York Times compared the disaster to the novel “Moby Dick.”

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Frank W. Ballard, 80, a master puppeteer who trained generations of performers at one of the few universities in the world to offer Puppet Arts as a course of study, via the New York Times.

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German artist Sigmar Polke, a founder of the Capitalist Realism movement, died late last week at the age of 69, via the Washington Post.