Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  July 19, 2011 at 1:00 PM EDT

Photo by Jacques Demarthon/ AFP/ Getty Images

A picture taken in Paris shows the garden of the Maison de Balzac, the House of Balzac, where French author Honore de Balzac lived between 1840-1847. The house, located in the Passy Village, is a museum containing paintings of his family and friends, many of whom were characters in his writings. Photo by Jacques Demarthon/ AFP/ Getty Images

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The man who was supposed to replace Zahi Hawass as Egypt’s antiquities minister has already quit his post, via Reuters.

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A case claiming plagiarism by “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has been dismissed in London, because the estate of the late author Adrian Jacobs failed to pay a major court fee, via BBC.

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The Detroit Institute of the Arts will use funds reserved for new acquisitions to help make up their normal operating budget, via The Art Newspaper.

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Rapper Ja Rule was sentenced to 28 months in prison after he was found guilty of tax evasion, via the Los Angeles Times. The rapper is currently in prison on gun charges, and the court says he can serve out his federal sentence at the same time.

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Amazon.com launched a new service for students on Monday: digital textbook rental for the Kindle e-reader, via AFP.

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Cities are reporting a major upswing in grafitti in the last six months, via The New York Times.