Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Tom LeGro  February 8, 2011 at 11:56 AM EDT

'General Exhibits Group, Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago, 1933'

General Exhibits Group, Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago, 1933. Courtesy of the Special Collections Research Center, the University of Chicago Library.

The National Building Museum and the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center (AFI) are presenting a film series associated with the museum’s current exhibition, Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s. The film series, “Hollywood Modern: Film Design of the 1930s,” is a month-long festival highlighting modern design through classic films of the 1930s.

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Maria Altmann, who escaped Nazi-occupied Vienna and won a fight to recover Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,” the iconic gold portrait of her aunt, and other artworks, has died at age 94, via the Los Angeles Times.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art have acquired the life work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, together acquiring some 2,000 of Mapplethorpe’s most famous photographs. As part of the deal, the Getty Research Institute also acquired the Mapplethorpe archive: 200 unique artworks, 120,000 negatives, 3,500 Polaroids, and reams of correspondence, via the Los Angeles Times.

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Filmmaker Michael Moore is suing Bob and Harvey Weinstein, claiming the brothers used creative accounting to keep him from receiving profits from the 2004 documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11,” via the Associated Press.

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A Manhattan townhouse that was home to Jim Henson and his Muppets creations is going on the market for around $28 million. Henson bought the townhouse in 1977 for $600,000, and for several years it served as headquarters for Henson Associates, via the Wall Street Journal.

    From Foreign Policy, “Signs of the Times: The art of the Egyptian protest.”

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    After planning an exhibition on the mob and receiving threats, a museum director in Naples, Italy, is seeking asylum in Germany, via Artinfo.