Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  December 9, 2010 at 11:27 AM EDT

A copy of the bronze statue 'Der Rufer' (The Caller) by German sculptor Gerhard Marcks stands on Berlin's Strasse des 17. Photo by John MacDougall/ AFP/ Getty Images

A copy of the bronze statue ‘Der Rufer’ (The Caller) by German sculptor Gerhard Marcks stands on Berlin’s Strasse des 17. Juni boulevard as in background can be seen the Brandenburg Gate during snowfall December 9, 2010. Heavy snowfall closed Germany’s busiest airport in Frankfurt for four hours overnight and prompted major delays in rail travel. Photo by John MacDougall/ AFP/ Getty Images

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The Texas Film Commission won’t grant any incentives to filmmaker Robert Rodriguez for his new film, Machete because they say it portrays Texas in a negative way, via ABC News.

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A new lawsuit claims that a Cezanne painting in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art was looted in Russia after the Bolshevik revolution, but the museum insists they own it legally, via The Wall Street Journal.

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The Museum of Fine Arts announced it would again not hand out its Morgan prize (awarded to a mid-career Boston-area female artist) in 2010, via The Boston Globe.

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The soon-to-be-opened Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar, will exhibit works (like nudes) that may challenge traditional Islamic values, via CNN.

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John Richardson, famed art dealer and a personal friend of the late Picasso, postulates about the recent discovery of hundreds of works by the artist found in the possesion of an electrician, via Vanity Fair.

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Romance novels are popular buys in e-book format, via The New York Times.

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Police sketch artists are being replaced by facial composite software programs, via the Associated Press.

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In Seattle, artists set up shop in abandoned storefronts to help keep neighborhoods safe, via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.