Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  July 7, 2010 at 3:04 PM EST

Tony Tasset's 'Eye.' Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Visitors get an eyeful of Tony Tasset’s 30-foot-tall sculpture in Chicago’s Pritzker Park on Wednesday. The Chicago Tribune asks, “Is Eye the next Bean?” You can watch a video about the creation of the piece here. Tasset’s “Eye” will be on display through October 31. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.)

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Mark Twain’s autobiography is set to be published for the first time, 100 years after the famous author and humorist’s death. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the soon-to-be-released manuscripts.

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Stanford University has solved a space shortage in its engineering library by building a new one with even less space. NPR’s Laura Sydell reports on the move toward digital collections over print.

(Jeffrey Brown recently talked to Camila Alire, president of the American Library Association about the state of libraries.)

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Emmy Award nominations were announced. “Glee” and “Mad Men” are among the shows receiving nods, via the Los Angeles Times.

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Writer Sam Kean is blogging about the periodic table at Slate. The latest is about antimony: “It might have killed Mozart.”

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A world record was set for a painting by British artist J. M. W. Turner on Wednesday night when his landscape, “Modern Rome. Campo Vaccino,” was sold for $45 million. It was acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum. (Here’s a picture of the painting.)