Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Jason M. Breslow  February 17, 2010 at 4:24 PM EST

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Rachelle Durkin and Anish Sanghvi rehearse with Opera Australia for their production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Sydney, which opened Wednesday. Inspired by Shakespeare and transformed into an Indian-style production by director Baz Luhrmann, the opera sees Indian gods, British colonials and rustic clowns collide, collude and sometimes fall in love. Photo by Greg Wood/ AFP/ Getty Images

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A court in Manhattan heard testimony Thursday at a hearing over the Google Books settlement dispute. The judge said he would not make a ruling today, because of the “voluminous” amount of submitted statements.

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The amorous memoir of archetypal playboy Giacomo Casanova now belongs to the French National Library. It spent over a century in the possession of a prominent German publishing family and was first published in 1960.

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The Getty Museum announced a new effort in its campaign to strengthen ties to Italy by forging a cultural partnership with the island of Sicily.

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The New York Times profiles the man in charge of designing the exhibition space at the Museum of Modern Art.