Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  February 16, 2010 at 3:09 PM EDT

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Head of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass gives a press conference in front of the mummies of Tutankhamun’s father Akhenaten, Tutankhamun’s grandmother Queen Tiye, and Tutankhamun’s mother at the Egyptian museum in Cairo on February 17, 2010. Egyptian antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said he unveiled new evidence about the life and times of the famed boy king, including more information about the cause of his death. Photo by Khaled Desouki/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Brazil’s Carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro were somewhat overshadowed this year by a row over the age of a parade Samba Queen (the youngest one in history at only seven-years old) and city violence that claimed two lives.

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Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf is in New York this week to accept a prize for his artistic activism. The Wall Street journal has this profile, and explores why these days the director is focusing his creative attention more on politics than on cinema.

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Roger Ebert, long one of the most famous voices in American film criticism, can now only speak through his writing, after a several-year battle with cancer left him without the ability to talk. (But it hasn’t kept him from doing his job.)

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Olympic figure skating is getting a lot of global attention, including from the art world. Salon asked professional dancers what they think of the art/sport hybrid. And the Washington Post bemoans the music that skaters choose for their programs.

Editor’s Note: Later today on Art Beat, we’ll have a conversation with artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer about his light installation beaming across the Vancouver night sky.