Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Tom LeGro  December 17, 2009 at 10:27 AM EST
Saint Lazarus tattoo; Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images.

—A man shows his Saint Lazarus tattoo near Rincon Church in Havana on Wednesday. Thousands gather annually here to fulfill vows made to Saint Lazarus for health and prosperity. (Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images.)

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Before Led Zeppelin was approved for airplay on BBC radio, the band first had to submit to an audition. A panel of experts called them “derivative” and “old fashioned,” though, in the end, acceptable.

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Colombian artist Fernando Botero denounced the prize for young Latin American artists that bears his name because he says the winning work is “mediocre.”

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A major show at the Royal Gallery in London was cancelled because of a customs dispute over a single painting between Britain and the Prince of Liechtenstein.

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And in a public museum in Uzbekistan, works by German sculptor Gunther Uecker in an exhibit called “The Oppressed Man” were reportedly censored..