Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Maureen Hoch  December 22, 2009 at 10:35 AM EDT
Stalin exhibition; Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images

—A week-long exhibition opened in Moscow’s Marat Guelman gallery of nude prints with scrawled comments apparently written by former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The comments, made in color pencil, disparage many of his party comrades. (Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images.)

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A scholar at Washington University paints a more human portrait of the artist Michelangelo, who has often been characterized as a socially inept genius.

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The Joan Miro Foundation has released a new collection of more than 1,000 of the artist’s letters and postcards. A careful archivist, Miro seemed aware at a fairly young age of the magnitude or importance of his future career, keeping not just letters he received, but collecting those he wrote.

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Artist Jenny Holzer revealed some of the intimate details of her life (like her New Zealand possum bedspread) when she let the New York Times visit her at her New York State farmhouse.

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One of Baltimore’s favorite native sons (move over, Edgar) was honored on the anniversary of his birth. Rocker Frank Zappa would have turned 69 on Monday, so Mayor Sheila Dixon declared it Frank Zappa Day. Last week, a bust of the musician was installed at one of the city’s public libraries.