Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  August 5, 2010 at 1:43 PM EDT

A Russian restoration specialist works on the sculpture adorning the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on August 4, 2010.

A Russian restoration specialist works on the sculpture adorning the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow on August 4, 2010. The fully restored sculpture is scheduled to be unveiled in September. Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/ AFP/ Getty Images

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The art market seems to be making a healthy turnaround, according to the major auction houses who have reported strong sales, via The Wall Street Journal.

Art Beat has talked to WSJ reporter Kelly Crow twice in 2010 about the state of the art market. Click here and here for those conversations.

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Lawrence Salander, the New York art dealer who stole art works and millions of dollars from his clients, was sentenced to 6-18 years in prison and ordered to pay back more than a $100 million to his victims, via The New York Times.

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The Wall Street Journal has a dispatch from Rome about a face-off between a volunteer American clean-up crew and Roman graffiti artists who see their tagging as a way of reclaiming their city.

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Artist Jim Denevan broke a record for creating the largest physical art work (a record he had set with another project) by creating a nine-mile snow drawing in Siberia, via ARTINFO. The work was sponsored by the clothing retailer Anthropologie.

KQED’s Spark profiled Denevan in 2005.