Monday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  December 20, 2010 at 1:25 PM EDT

The fountain of Piazza della Repubblica is unusually frozen in Rome. Photo by Andreas Solaro/ Getty Images

The fountain of Piazza della Repubblica is unusually frozen in Rome. Photo by Andreas Solaro/ Getty Images

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The Washington Post profiles a new ice art museum in Russia, that preserves once-ephemeral sculptures by kepping the temperature down all year long.

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The Wall Street Journal charts Christmas hits of yore, and wonders why there are no new modern classics.

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The New York Times explores an opera boom in China.

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ARTINFO offers a roundup of end-of-the-year critics’ roundups.

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Don Van Vliet, the avant-garde rock musician known as Captain Beefheart, died on Friday age 69. Greg Kot of WBEZ writes an appreciation for the Chicago Tribune.