Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  November 11, 2010 at 10:05 AM EST

 
Dino De Laurentiis, the famed Italian film producer whose credits number over 500 movies, including “Riso Amaro,” Fellini’s “La Strada,” and the American films “Serpico” and “Blue Velvet”, has died at age 91 in Los Angeles, via AFP.

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A very strong two-week run at the New York auction houses was topped off by the Christie’s sale of a Roy Lichtenstein painting for $42.6 million, via Reuters.

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The New York Times says it will start publishing a bestseller list for book titles available on digital platforms in early 2011.

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The Guardian profiles a French grafitti artist known as “Princess Hijab” who paints black veils on models in public fashion advertisments. Not intended as a political statement to support either side of the burqa debate in that country, the artist says its a return to creating street art that represents a minority interest.

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A Basquiat painting that had been on exhibit at Paris’ Modern Art Musuem has been removed from public view after someone tagged it with a felt tip pen, via the Daily Mail.

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Six artists were given free reign to transform four abandoned Detroit houses as part of a larger initative to fight blight and create affordable live/work spaces for artists, via The Detroit News.

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The Los Angeles Times interviews a 93-year old Russian theater legend and former dissident about contemporary Russia and its current culture of political apathy.

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A writer for the Institute for War & Peace Reporting nominates “Iranian book censor” for the title of worst job in the world, via the Kansas City Star.