Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  August 24, 2010 at 10:54 AM EST

Visitors look at Egon Schiele's 'Portrait of Wally' at the Leopold Museum on August 23, 2010 in Vienna. Photo by Dieter Nagl/ AFP/ Getty Images

Visitors look at Egon Schiele’s ‘Portrait of Wally’ at the Leopold Museum on August 23, 2010 in Vienna. The painting finally made its way back to Austria on Friday after years of legal wrangling between a Vienna museum and the family of its previous Jewish owner. The prized painting was seized by U.S. authorities in 1998 following an exhibit of Schiele works at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Alleged to have been extorted by a Nazi collector from Jewish art dealer Lea Jaray-Bondi in 1939, the portrait prompted a long legal dispute between Jaray-Bondi’s estate and the Leopold Museum, which always insisted it had acquired the painting legitimately. Photo by Dieter Nagl/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Egypt’s culture minister was arrested Monday, facing accusations of negligence in the case of the stolen Van Gogh painting, via BBC. The museum alarm system was not working and only a handful of security cameras were functional at the time of the robbery.

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Philanthropist Eli Broad has picked a site in downtown Los Angeles — next to the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall — to build a new contemporary art museum, via the Los Angeles Times.

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The Ansel Adams Trust filed a lawsuit against a California man who claims to have found a box of long lost Adams negatives several years ago at a yardsale, via ARTINFO.

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The Wall Street Journal looks at a new generation of museum directors who see the future of their institutions predicated on making them more interactive for visitors.

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The New York Times reviews changes in attitudes towards academic peer-review publishing in the digital age.

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George David Weiss, the songwriter who penned huge hits like ‘What a Wonderful World’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ died Monday at the age 89, via The New York Times.

 
Weiss also wrote “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”: