Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  March 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM EST

Alex Chilton; photo by Philippe Brizard via Wikimedia CommonsAlex Chilton, the singer, songwriter and performer who created music with ’60s act the Box Tops, the influential Big Star in the ’70s and as a solo artist, died Wednesday night. He was 59.

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, where Chilton was a cult icon, reported that he died at a hospital in New Orleans after complaining about his health earlier in the day.

Chilton and Big Star had been scheduled to perform this weekend at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin. The band was also scheduled to play in Memphis on May 15.

Rolling Stone pays tribute to Chilton with several video clips and links to past articles and reviews.

Here’s Chilton in the Box Tops, performing one of their best known songs:

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Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of the largest art heist in history. On March 18, 1990, thieves broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and made off with a stash including three Rembrandts and a Vermeer. It remains the world’s largest art theft in dollar value at as much as $300 million.

We’ll have more on Friday about the heist when Jeffrey Brown talks to Ulrich Boser, author of “The Gardner Heist.”

While the FBI continues to work the Gardner case, it has solved the one about the stolen Juan Gris painting. Valued at around $1 million, the Gris painting was stolen in 2004.

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Amazon has released its Kindle for Mac application, which means Kindle books can now be read on the iPhone. Wired’s Gadget Lab, while noting that the application is in the user-testing stage, says, “It’s pretty bad.” You can read the press release here.

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Google is teaming up with Intel and Sony to bring its technology into your living room, probably right in front of your couch. The New York Times reports that the effort will be to develop Google TV, which would include software to help users navigate the Web on television sets and serve as a platform for other developers to target in creating new programs. The technology might also be included with future TVs or Blu-ray players. (For the record, Intel is a PBS NewsHour underwriter.)