Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  April 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM EDT

Artist Jeff Koons presents his preliminary design for BMW's 17th Art Car

Artist Jeff Koons presents his preliminary design for BMW’s 17th Art Car in New York on April 6, 2010. Koons will paint his creation on the custom-built BMW M3 GT2 for the Le Mans 24-hour race in France, the world’s most famous endurance race to be held on June 12-13, after presenting the car at Paris’ Centre Pompidou on June 1. Photo by Alex Ogle/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Visual artists are suing Google for large-scale copyright infringement associated with their plans to digitize millions of books, via NYT.

The NewsHour ran a segment on the Google Books plan back in December. Art Beat talked to authors (Ursula Le Guin and James Gleick on both sides of the Google Books deal with the Authors Guild — the trade organization that represented American authors in their lawsuit against Google — as part of our series, the Next Chapter of Reading.

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Scholars and representatives from cultural institutions in Egypt, China, Itay and Greece (among others), met at a conference in Cairo to discuss a topic that concerns them all: the struggle to bring their scattered, ancestral antiquities home from all corners of the world, via Bloomberg.

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NBC Universal is trying to “sell” healthy and socially-responsible habits to its viewers by practicing “behavior placement” on its TV shows, via WSJ.

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The LA Times has an appreciation of Corin Redgrave, the British actor and activist who died on Tuesday. Perhaps less well known than other members of his famous acting family, Corin had a distinguished stage career and appeared in many movies, including “In the Name of the Father” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”