Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Carolyn O'Hara  January 7, 2010 at 12:03 PM EDT
'Forest Harmonies I' by Vu Thu Hien

—“Forest Harmonies I” by Vietnamese artist Vu Thu Hien is on display at the Miami International Art Fair, which opened Thursday.

    A Tibetan filmmaker named Dhondup Wangchen has been sentenced by the Chinese government to six years in jail for making a documentary that show Tibetans discussing political topics.

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    The pharmaceutical company Glaxo, maker of the diet pill Alli, says it is producing a new feature documentary about obesity. So what will distinguish this project from being just another infomercial? The company says it has enlisted an Academy Award winning director to direct, whose identity they’ll announce at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

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    Conductor Seiji Ozawa says he is suffering from esophogeal cancer and is cancelling his concerts for the next six months to undergo treatment.

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    California’s Fresno Metropolitan Museum closed for good on Tuesday. Meanwhile, The Art Newspaper has an update on the construction of a new home of the Barnes Collection in Philadelphia.

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    Willie Mitchell, producer for soul star Al Green, among others, died in Memphis on Wednesday at the age of 81.