Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Tom Bearden  February 2, 2010 at 10:53 AM EDT

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A painting featuring President Barack Obama is displayed as street painters wait for customers in Jakarta. The White House announced on February 1 that Obama will visit Jakarta in March with his family, in what will be a nostalgic return to his childhood home where he lived with his late mother and Indonesian stepfather in the 1960s. Photo by Adek Berry/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Academy Awards nominations were announced today in Los Angeles. The top category (Best Picture) is much more crowded this year, with ten contenders instead of the usual five.

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How will the new national budget proposal affect arts funding in America? The Washington Post breaks down the numbers of who gets what, and the Los Angeles Times wonders if tax hikes on the wealthy will hurt the arts.

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The Magnum Photo archive has a new owner. Computer magnate Michael Dell bought the renowned collection, which includes works by Robert Capa, Dennis Stock and Henri Cartier Bresson.

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Earl Barthe, a master of traditional New Orleans plaster molding, has died at age 87.