Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  November 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM EST

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People visit an exhibition of Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping called ‘Wu Zei’, a 25 meters wide octopus, on November 18, 2010 in Monaco, at the first day of the exhibition ‘Mediterranean Sea’ at Monaco’s oceanographic museum. Photo by Valery Hache/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Jasper Johns, Maya Angelou and Yo-Yo Ma will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, via the Los Angeles Times.

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The New York Times recalls the culture battle over Jim Morrison’s famous 1969 indecent exposure conviction, in light of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s announcement that he will seek posthumous clemancy for the late musician.

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A developer in Baltimore proposes building a monumental metal sculpture that he says would distinguish the city like St. Louis’ Arch or Paris’ Eiffel Tower, via The Baltimore Sun

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The Christian Science Monitor Houston Chronicle.

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Voice of America has a dispatch on a Chinese artist who is on trial after he led a protest against propety developers who were tearing down fellow artists’ studios.

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Robert De Niro announces a new art prize for a mid-career painter in honor of his artist father, Robert De Niro Sr., via Variety.

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AFP talked to the shy widow of poet Charles Bukowski about a new exhibit about the late writer at a museum north of Los Angeles.