Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Jenny Marder  August 2, 2011 at 12:01 PM EST

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A man adjusts “Giant Mermaid” on Alster Lake in Hamburg, German. The sculpture is created by art and advertising agency Oliver Voss. Photo by Marcus Brandt /AFP/Getty Images.

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Attorneys in Philadelphia have mounted last-ditch legal effort to block the controversial move of the Barnes collection, one of the world’s greatest collections of late 19th- and early 20th-century art, via the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Multiple versions Oscar Wilde’s novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” including one that Harvard University Press has just made available in an “uncensored” edition, show the author “deciding, sentence by sentence, just how far he would go” and “hesitating over its homoerotic content,” via the New Yorker.

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The Art Institute of Chicago has opened an exhibition of rediscovered Soviet propaganda posters that depicts Adolf Hitler as “blood-thirsty, anxious and perverse,” via Reuters.

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Dozens of participants stripped naked for the performance art piece, “Ocularpation: Wall Street” on Monday. Several were arrested, via the New York Times.

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A five-seat private box at the Royal Albert Hall in London has been put up for sale. It can be yours for roughly $893,970, via the BBC.