Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  March 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM EST

Artist Sandile Goje's linoleum cut 'Meeting of Two Cultures' (1993). Image courtesy The Museum of Modern Art, New York. (c) 2011 Sandile Goje

Artist Sandile Goje’s linoleum cut ‘Meeting of Two Cultures’ (1993) is part of Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now, an exhibit that opened Thursday at the Museum of Modern Art that showcases the museum’s own collection of prints by South African artists. Image courtesy The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2011 Sandile Goje

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage wants to take down a mural at the state labor department that depicts historical scenes of working men and women, arguing that it advances a pro-union agenda, via The New York Times.

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The head of the Guggenheim Foundation responded in an open letter to a protest movement against labor practices for workers at a new museum location in Abu Dhabi, via The Art Newspaper.

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When someone tried to mail a Renoir painting from Poland to the United States last year, the Polish customs office intercepted the package, and now can’t locate the original owner, via The Telegraph.

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Richard Leacock, a British-born documentary filmmaker whose approach to shooting and innovation in capturing film footage with sync sound made cinema verite possible, has died in Paris at the age of 89, via The Associated Press. Leacock was first a camera operator for documentary pioneer Robert Flaherty. Along with D.A. Pennebaker, he helped shoot the footage for the film Primary, which followed John F. Kennedy in his bid for the presidency.