Monday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  January 10, 2011 at 1:40 PM EST

General view of the audience at Drake concert at Hammersmith Apollo on January 9, 2011 in London, England. Photo by Christie Goodwin/Getty Images

General view of the audience at Drake concert at Hammersmith Apollo on January 9, 2011 in London, England. Photo by Christie Goodwin/Getty Images

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Egypt says it will take back an 3,500 year old obelisk that has resided in New York’s Central Park since 1881 if the city does not take care in preserving the monument properly (but Park officials deny there is any recent damage), via MSNBC.

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The Los Angeles Philharmonic launched its cinema simulcast series on Sunday, via the Los Angeles Times.

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Luis Posada Carriles, a former CIA agent who goes to trial Monday in El Paso, Tx. on federal perjury and immigration charges (but is wanted in both Venezuela and Panama for terrorism and an assassination attempt), would much rather talk about his paintings than his past, via the Associated Press.

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BBC talks to Sudanese artist Rashid Diab about his feelings on the possible succession of the southern region of his home country.

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Chuck Close crops his paintings to adorn the tops of New York City’s cabs, via The Wall Street Journal.

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“App” was voted the 2010 Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society on Friday, via the Associated Press. The tech word beat out an expression ripped from the cookie-crumby mouth of Sesame Street’s resident glutton.

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Visual artist Carrie Mae Weems is launching a public art outreach project in Syracuse, NY against gun violence, via The Post-Standard.

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The Library of Congress received a huge donation from Universal Music Group of 200,000 historic master recordings by artists including Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Billie Holiday.

 
Listen to a clip of Louie Armstrong performing “Swing That Music”: