Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  March 16, 2010 at 11:35 AM EDT

0316_artbeat.jpgMarina Abramovic, left, performs during the ‘Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present’ exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The retrospective traces the career of Marina Abramovic with approximately fifty works spanning over four decades. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images.)

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The estate of Michael Jackson has signed the biggest recording deal in history: a $200 million guaranteed contract with Sony Music Entertainment for 10 projects over seven years.

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The Los Angeles Times’ Culture Monster reports on NEA chairman Rocco Landesman’s visit to the city’s Skid Row area. The visit was part of Landesman’s Art Works tour.

You can read our recent forum with Landesman here.

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Screenwriter and director Paul Schrader, whose films include “Raging Bull, “Taxi Driver” and “American Gigolo,” has donated his screenplays and papers to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. The news follows last week’s announcement that the library has obtained the papers of David Foster Wallace.

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A collection of previously unseen letters written by J.D. Salinger, the author of ‘Catcher in the Rye’ who died in January, has gone on display at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.

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A little-known 18th century play called “Double Falsehood” has been claimed as a lost work by William Shakespeare. The Guardian reports that a scholar “will publish compelling new evidence next week that the play, a romantic tragi-comedy by Lewis Theobald is … substantially based on a real Shakespeare play called Cardenio.”