Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  July 22, 2010 at 10:02 AM EDT

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Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister/ Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem presents U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the gift of a portrait of her and her daugher Chelsea by artist Dao Trong Cuong while attending meetings at the Government Guest House in Hanoi on July 22, 2010. Photo by Paul J. Richards/ AFP/ Getty Images

 
President Obama was also gifted a piece of art this week — a typography-based painting from former grafitti artist Ben Eine — by Prime Minister David Cameron, via BBC.

In turn, Mr. Obama gave Mr. Cameron a signed lithograph from Ed Ruscha, via the Wall Street Journal.

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Another circular monument, made of timber posts, has been discovered at Stonehenge by archaeologists, via the Associated Press.

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Thailand’s governement says conductor Mikhail Pletnev, the artistic director of the Russian National Orchestra who faces child rape charges in his home country, will lose his Thai visa and face deportation, via AFP.

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The Vatican will display for the first time a collection of works made for the church by Modern artist Henri Matisse, via the Art Newspaper.

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The home of 20th century French writer and filmmaker Jean Coucteau has been opened to the public and features art works by Picasso, Modigliani and Man Ray, via ARTINFO.

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Chicago Public Radio launched a new home for its music coverage, WBEZ Music. Is WBEZ the first radio station to have a celebrity do a station ID exclusively for their website?