Monday’s Art Notes

BY Francine Uenuma  August 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM EDT

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North Korea’s Pyongyang Art Troupe performs the “Pigeon Dance” during its ‘“Azalea In Full Bloom” show on Saturday in Shaanxi Province, China. China Photos/Getty Images.

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Across the country, shrinking state budgets also means shrinking funding of the arts. In Kansas, that support now equals $0, via the New York Times.

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The National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago’s South Loop is fighting for survival, via ArtsDaily.

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The first annual New York Poetry Festival took place on Governors Island over the weekend. Among those performing was Poetry Brothel, whose members refer to themselves as “poetry whores” and recite verses to “johns.”

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A nearly 200-year-old letter donated to the National Historical Park in Morristown, N.J., wasn’t written by English Romantic poet Lord Byron afterall, via the Associated Press.

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An art heist in 1911 at the Louvre made the “Mona Lisa” a masterpiece, via NPR.