Monday’s Art Notes

BY Tom LeGro  November 1, 2010 at 11:11 AM EST

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“OhhhAlright” by Roy Lichtenstein is on display at Christie’s Contemporary Art Autumn sale. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images.

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George Hickenlooper, who won an Emmy Award in 1992 for directing “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse,” has died at age 47, via the New York Times ArtsBeat. Other films directed by Hickenlooper include “Casino Jack,” “Factory Girl,” ‘‘Mayor of the Sunset Strip” and last year’s documentary, “Hick Town.”

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The translation into Hebrew of Egypt’s hit novel “The Yacoubian Building” by Israeli peace advocates has angered its author, Alaa al-Aswany, via Agence France-Presse. (Watch Jeffrey Brown’s 2008 conversation with al-Aswany about “The Yacoubian Building” here.)

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On the eve of Election Day, the Root’s Jennifer Ogunsola writes that President Obama won’t be getting much help from hip-hop as he did in 2008.

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It’s the 25th anniversary of the movie, “Back to the Furure.” Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku talks about time travel to Wired.

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Patti Smith takes a stroll through the Metropolitan Museum of Art looking for inspiration for an upcoming performance, via the Wall Street Journal.