Monday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  May 16, 2011 at 8:43 AM EST

People queue at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome on May 14, 2011 during the 'Night of the Museums'.

People queue at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome on May 14, 2011 during the ‘Night of the Museums’. The Roman museum was one of more than 3,000 museums across Europe to keep their doors open late and welcome visitors for free during the 7th annual museum event on Saturday. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Lu Qing, wife of Ai Weiwei, was able to visit the artist in detention after more than a month without any contact with him. She reported that he was in good physical condition but emotionally distressed, via The Associated Press.

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At Cannes, the market for movie distribution has been much stronger this year than in others in the recent past, via The New York Times.

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A musicians’ union in New York has called for arbitration over the small orchestra used for the Broadway show “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” via The Australian.

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Cornell Dupree, a guitarist who worked with Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Joe Cocker and Mariah Carey, has died at age 68, via The Washington Post.

Dupree can be heard on Aretha Franklin’s 1971 “Rock Steady”: