Monday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  November 22, 2010 at 1:04 PM EST

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A kite designed by Syrian artist Tufiq Shaya, with a picture of Lebanese diva Fairuz and the colors of the Lebanese flag, flies over Beirut on November 21, 2010. Photo by Anwar Amro/ AFP/ Getty Images

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The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is in negotiations to keep its loan payments down as it faces financial trouble, via The Wall Street Journal. And the Guggenheim’s tax filings show the museum is still struggling, despite cuts and some rebound from 2008, via The New York Times.

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Participants from all over the globe went outside over the weekend to help create art works that could be seen and photographed from space as a way of protesting carbon emissions, via AFP.

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Most of Italy’s theaters, cinemas and music venues were closed on Monday to join the widespread protest against the recent major budget and program cuts put forth by the government, via AFP.

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The two stolen statues that were returned to Italy last week were actually accidentally discovered by an Italian police officer who recognized them at an art gallery while he was on vacation in the U.S., via CBC.

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Bank of America says it will fund the restoration of many art treasures in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, including works by Picasso, Branzino and Rubens, via ARTINFO.

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Six big-name American cartoonists join the USO tour and travel to Afghanistan to talk to troops, via The Washington Post.

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BusinessWeek profiles an art-for-health-care festival in upstate New York that helps artists and musicians barter their talents to connect with physicians.

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The Los Angeles Times examines how many musicians and performers have recently boycotted performance dates in Israel for political reasons.

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LENNONYC, a documentary about John Lennon’s years living and composing in New York, airs Monday night on PBS. Check your local listings for the time.

Watch a preview of Lennon NYC:

Watch the full episode. See more American Masters.