Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Hari Sreenivasan  June 22, 2010 at 10:01 AM EDT

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A boy plays a public piano set in Battery Park as part of the ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ art display in New York. Touring internationally since 2008, ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ is an artwork by artist Luke Jerram, in which street pianos are appearing in cities across the world. Jerram has set 60 pianos across New York City, located in parks, squares, bus shelters and train stations, for any member of the public to enjoy. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/ AFP/ Getty Images

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In the first day of the Polaroid Collection auction, photographs by Ansel Adams and Lucas Samaras were sold for record prices, via the Associated Press.

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BP says it will continue its financing of many major British art organizations and museums, via ARTINFO.

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Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling fresco contains a hidden drawing depicting a portion of the brain and brain stem, according to two Johns Hopkins professors, via the New York Times.

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The oldest known visual depictions of the Christian apostles Peter and Paul, dating to the 4th century, have been found in a Roman catacomb, via the Associated Press.

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Stories of library budget woes in Boston (where some branches are actually getting a temporary reprieve, via the Boston Globe) and for one struggling California county, via the Los Angeles Times.