Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Bridget DeSimone  June 29, 2010 at 10:49 AM EDT

_Snapshots from the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which this year features music, storytelling, food, crafts and folk arts from Mexico and Pacific Asia. Photos by Molly Finnegan_

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Activists poured out gallons of molasses during a summer party at the Tate Britain on Monday to protest the museum’s 20-year alliance with BP, via ARTINFO.

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The state of California hopes to raise $40 million for arts programs by issuing special license plates, via the Los Angeles Times.

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Two Canadians were detained for stealing railroad spikes from the Holocaust memorial site at Auschwitz, via the Associated Press.

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A painting by Caravaggio that was stolen two years ago from a Ukrainian museum was recovered in Berlin when authorities caught the theives trying to sell it, via Reuters.

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In Oslo, a planned public art park that will “celebrate women” has caused some concern over the concept and the way women will be depicted, via the Art Newspaper.

Meanwhile, a city-approved plan to erect a statue of Michael Jackson in a park in Prague is being protested by thousands of Czech citizens, via the Associated Press.