Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  April 28, 2011 at 9:05 AM EDT

U.S. artist Jennifer Rubell slides her finger into a replica of the engagement ring affixed to the forearm of her art work entitled 'Engagement', a life-sized wax model of Britain's Prince William. Photo by Ben Stansall/ AFP/ Getty Images

U.S. artist Jennifer Rubell slides her finger into a replica of the engagement ring affixed to the forearm of her art work entitled ‘Engagement’, a life-sized wax model of Britain’s Prince William. The artwork is a life-sized wax model of Prince William, standing in the same stance as seen during the engagement announcement, with the famed fake engagement ring resting empty affixed to his forearm. Prince William, the second in line to the throne, and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November after a seven-year romance that began at university. They will be married at Westminster Abbey on April 29 in London. Photo by Ben Stansall/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Chinese rock star Zuoxiao Zuzhou, a close friend of missing artist Ai Weiwei, was reportedly detained at a airport in China on Wednesday for questioning about his vocal support for Ai’s release, via The Guardian. Global Times later reported Zuoxiao had been released.

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The Associated Press reports on the standstill between Chinese officials and a U.S. delegation from the State Department on human rights issues and the detention of prominent Chinese intellectuals after a two-day meeting.

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ARTINFO reported that a prominent Chinese documentary filmmaker has resigned as the artistic director of a major film festival — scheduled for next month, but cancelled by authorities — and has closed his production company to return to his

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Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has come out to deny that she gave any cooperation for a new biography about her life, via the Los Angeles Times.

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Dionne Warwick and the women of the 1960s group the Shirelles are suing the producers of a Broadway show for using their names and likenesses, via Rolling Stone.

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A German artist who received the $100,000 Hugo Boss Prize late last year plans to display 100,000 dollar bills on the wall of the Guggenheim, via The New York Times.

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A film by an Egyptian filmmaker based in the U.S., which was banned in his home country under the rule of Mubarak, may, as the saying goes, play in Petra, via Reuters.