Monday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  December 28, 2009 at 10:13 AM EST

French maestro Georges Prêtre rehearses with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Photo by Dieter Nag;/ AFP/Getty Images

French maestro Georges Prêtre rehearses with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in preparation for the New Year’s Concert in Vienna. It will be the second time that the 84-year-old conductor has been invited to take the podium of the world’s best-known and most sought-after classical concert, which is televised and broadcast live in more than 70 countries. Photo by Dieter Nag/AFP/Getty Images

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Poet and apartheid activist Dennis Brutus has died in Cape Town at age 85. We’ll have more on Brutus on Art Beat later today.

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California’s museum troubles continue, with Fresno’s Metropolitan Museum facing serious (potentially fatal) financial straits, and the official closure of the Claremont Museum on Sunday. While the Claremont collection will be going into storage, it will still be virtually accessible on their website come January. The museum’s founding president says they may be able to reopen in a few years, depending on its economic status.

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New York City imposes a new hefty fee for filmmakers shooting on location, while indie directors are putting their movies online for free.

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Being caught in the midst of both an economic crisis and the constant crush of communication and media are among the defining terms of what it means to be an American artist today, say various artists (including Ed Ruscha) in the LA Times.