Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Tom LeGro  June 8, 2010 at 9:35 AM EDT

Dancers from the English National Ballet walk across a pedestrian crossing. Photo by Leon Neal/ AFP/ Getty Images

Dancers from the English National Ballet walk across a pedestrian crossing during a photocall to promote the opening of ‘Swan Lake in-the-round’, which coincides with the company’s 60th anniversary, outside the Royal Albert Hall in west London on 8 June 2010. Photo by Leon Neal/ AFP/ Getty Images

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A collection of 75 rare silent films will be returned to the U.S. from the New Zealand Film Archive, via NPR.

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A government agency tracks down missing artworks created for the Works Progress Administration, via the Washington Post.

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Two of Galileo’s fingers go on display at a museum in Florence on Tuesday, via the Associated Press.

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Former Czech President Vaclav Havel was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize, via the Associated Press. His first new play in 20 years called “Leaving” premiered in the U.S. at the end of May, via the Atlantic.

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The Wall Street Journal reports on the ways mental health professionals are using characters in famous works of fiction to train their students.

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Writer David Markson, whose work ranged from crime fiction to experimental, postmodern novels and was admired widely by other authors, died Friday at age 82, via the New York Times.

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Marvin Isley, bassist for the funk-infused R&B band the Isley Bros., has died at the age of 56 in Chicago, via Variety.