Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  February 17, 2011 at 10:32 AM EST

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A sculpture by Cuban artists is displayed at the ‘El Pais espacio’ during the installation of the ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair in Madrid. ARCO opens to the public from February 16 to 20, 2011. Photo by Dominique Faget/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Some of the objects looted from Egyptian Museum during the political turmoil have been found, including three artifacts that were dropped on museum grounds, and a valuable statue found by a protester near a garbage can, via The Associated Press.

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The St. Louis Art Museum is staking a legal claim on an ancient Egyptian mummy mask that the museum purchased in 1998, but the Egyptian government claims was stolen, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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A campaign to raise funds to erect a statue of the movie character RoboCop in Detroit could be an inspiration for more serious philanthropic fundraising efforts for the city, via the Detroit Free Press.

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An artist hired to render what it’s like to work for the clandestine British intelligence agency MI6 released his portfolio of paintings on Monday, via The Guardian.

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In Los Angeles, a billboard ad was taken down after being modified by Banksy, whose documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop is up for an Academy Award in just over a week, via AFP.