Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  April 29, 2010 at 10:23 AM EDT

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Musicians of Dresden’s chamber orchestra play among the copies of statues of the ‘Terracotta Army’ in a former combined heat and power plant in the eastern German city of Dresden on April 22, 2010. The statues of the ‘Terracotta Army’ are on display in Dresden until June 20, 2010. Photo by Norbert Millauer/ AFP/ Getty Images

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A painting by an Egyptian artist was sold at an auction in Dubai for $2.43 million dollars, breaking the record for the most expensive modern work of art by a Middle Eastern artist, via AFP.

The Art Newspaper explains why so many auction records are broken during a recession.

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Illinois taxpayers are unlikely to have to pay for an oil portrait of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to hang in the state capitol. A bill passed by the state senate says that private funds could be put up to immortalize the politician who is facing federal corruption charges, but public funds will not be used, via the Chicago Tribune.

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The art fabrication company that produced Jeff Koons’ massive stainless steel balloon dog is closing shop due to financial trouble, via Bloomberg.

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A group of 17 well-known cartoonists have signed a statement denouncing the threat levelled at the creators of South Park for depicting the Prophet Muhammed in an episode of the TV series, via the Washington Post.

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An author who teaches creative writing at Rutgers-Newark University says she is boycotting the state of Arizona by not attending a professional workshop there in May after the state passed new anti-immigration legislation, via the Los Angeles Times.