Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Hari Sreenivasan  July 1, 2010 at 10:03 AM EST

Wonder Woman; DC ComicsWonder Woman has a new look — out with the star-spangled briefs; in with the black pants. Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan notes: “Now that she’s been given a pair of pants — that Western symbol of formalized male authority — it’s tempting to declare this makeover an advance in gender equity. But not so fast.”

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Millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi announced Thursday that he will give his gallery and more than 200 works to Britain. His 70,000-square-foot Chelsea gallery will be renamed MOCA London when he retires.

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Federal authorities on Wednesday shut down nine websites that offered downloads of pirated movies such as “Toy Story 3” and “Iron Man 2” within hours of their release in theaters.

The closure of the sites, which had 6.7 million visitors combined each month, was described as the “largest takedown of illegal movie and TV websites in a single action” by the government, reports the BBC.

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NPR examines the life and work of Eugene Boudin, the man who inspired Claude Monet to paint in the open air.

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The Library of Congress announced Thursday that W.S. Merwin will become the 17th U.S. poet laureate this fall. Merwin will succeed Kay Ryan, who has held the post since 2008. We’ll have more on Merwin later today.