Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  July 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM EST

Photo by Alain Jocard/ AFP/ Getty Images

People look at the work of Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota entitled ‘Dialogue from DNA,’ on July 20, 2011 in Melle, western France, as part of the 5th International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Melle running until September 18. Photo by Alain Jocard/ AFP/ Getty Images

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A fugitive Serbian war criminal was caught after police connected him to a stolen Modigliani painting, via Reuters.

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The recent upturn in graffiti also applies to shiekhs. A member of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family ordered his name written in sand on an island so large it is visible in space, via Forbes.

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The man who designed the “Wheel of Fortune” set piece, Ed Flesh, died in California at age 79, via The New York Times.

And Alex Steinweiss, the man who came up with the idea of creating unique album art, passed away at 94 in Florida, via The New York Times.

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The Wall Street Journal looks back at the destruction ten years ago of Afghanistan’s monumental Buddhist statues.