Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  May 5, 2011 at 11:51 AM EST

Onlookers view Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's outdoor sculpture exhibition 'Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads' after it was unveiled at the Pulitzer Fountain at Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan on May 4, 2011 in New York City. Photo by Mario Tama/ Getty Images

Onlookers view Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s outdoor sculpture exhibition ‘Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads’ after it was unveiled at the Pulitzer Fountain at Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan on May 4, 2011 in New York City. Ai Weiwei was increasingly critical about Chinese authorities and was detained by the Chinese government last month. His whereabouts are currently unknown. Photo by Mario Tama/ Getty Images

Read more about Ai’s work in Central Park from WNYC.

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A state legislator in Minnesota apologized on Thursday for publicly calling author Neil Gaiman a “pencil-necked little weasel” during a congressional discussion of funding for public broadcasting and culture programs, via The New York Times’ ArtsBeat.

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Artists who created murals on the Berlin Wall are suing the German government in an intellectual property battle after some works were destroyed and others were recreated without permission, via The Guardian.

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Through an joint international effort, a new online archive has just launched that puts together thousands of documents about the provenance of Nazi looted art in one place, via The Guardian.

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On Thursday, a commission formed by the Bush administration will make the case for building a new American Latino Museum as part of the Smithsonian Institution, via The Washington Post.

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The Art Newspaper updates the story on how Japanese museums have been greatly affected by the powerful natural disasters that struck in March.

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Jackie Cooper, an actor whose career lasted five decades and was the first child star after the silent era, as well as the youngest boy to ever be nominated for an Oscar, has died at age 88, via Variety.