Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  January 14, 2010 at 11:41 AM EDT

'Mirrored House on Water' by Rob Fischer. Image Courtesy of the Hammer Gallery

Detail of “Mirrored House on Water,” a photograph of an installation by Brooklyn artist Rob Fischer, whose works are on show at the Hammer Gallery at UCLA. Fischer “salvages material from abandoned buildings and junkyards and reconfigures them into large-scale sculptural environments that weave past histories into the present.” To see the full image, visit the Hammer’s website.

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The American Film Institute’s LA film festival lost its three top organizers when they resigned over an insufficient budget, and a major Chicago arts event that had been planned for 2011 has been shelved due to a lack of funding.

But one festival received good news. The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art received a grant from the Warhol Foundation to fund its Time Based Art Festival.

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New numbers show that children’s book sales are up in the U.K., but what about the U.S.? Tomorrow we’ll have a conversation with Katherine Patterson, the newly-appointed Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, as part of our series, “The Next Chapter of Reading.”

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An Australian multimedia artist who had shown work in the 2009 Venice Biennial has just returned from military service in Afghanistan. He told The Art Newspaper how he felt the experience would affect his work.

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Teddy Pendergrass died on Wednesday at the age of 59. Known for his lusty soul hits, the singer recorded five consecutive multi-platnium albums and kept recording even after he survived a paralyzing car crash in 1982.

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And Dennis Stock, the Magnum photographer who, among other things, helped James Dean establish Dean’s persona through his iconic photographs, has died at the age of 81 in Sarasota, Florida.