Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  October 5, 2010 at 12:46 PM EDT

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A woman views a painting by Dexter Dalwood entitled ‘Burroughs in Tangiers’ which has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2010 and are displayed in the Tate Britain gallery on October 4, 2010 in London, England. The winner of the Turner Prize will be announced from the shortlisted artists of: Dexter Dalwood, Angela de la Cruz, Susan Philipsz and The Otolith Group on December 6, 2010 and will receive a prize of 25,000 GBP. Photo by Oli Scarff/ Getty Images

Read more about this year’s Turner shortlist artists via BBC.

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At a book party in London, thieves stole Jonathan Franzen’s glasses off his face and handed him a note asking for $100,000 in ransom before they ran away, via The New York Times. The police found one of the culprits hiding in the bushes and retrieved Franzen’s glasses.

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Meanwhile, thieves in Virginia successfully made off with part of a sculpture of a massive eyeball from the Museum of Science in Richmond, via the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    Philip Roth discusses his new novel and the regrettable distractions of modern technology and its effects on reading, via Reuters.

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    A new feature fiction film will use the music of the Beach Boys as its organizing motif, via Rolling Stone.

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    American folk art and furniture is not doing as well as usual at auction these days, via The Art Newspaper.