Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY News Desk  May 12, 2010 at 9:18 AM EST

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‘Inopportune:Stage One’ (2004), a work by Chinese New York based artist Cai Guo-Qiang, which shows suspended cars in an animated sequence of explosion, is displayed as part of the 17th Biennale of Sydney. The contemporary art Biennale will run from May 12 until August 1 and will showcase more than 440 works by 166 artists and from 36 countries. Photo by Greg Wood/ AFP/ Getty Images

Cai Guo-Qiang also recently organized an exhibit in Shanghai to coincide with the city’s six-month Expo called ‘Peasant Da Vincis,’ showing the homemade inventions of rural engineers.

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A Jasper Johns ‘Flag’ painting once owned by writer Michael Crichton sold at auction on Tuesday for the record price of almost $29 million, via Bloomberg.

The Los Angeles Times explored the patriotic allure Johns’ Flags have on collectors.

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A Swedish artist, who has depicted the prophet Muhammad as a dog, was attacked at a lecture about free speech at Uppsala University, via the Associated Press.

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The Boston Globe profiles Composer John Williams who marked his 30-year relationship with the Boston Pops at a special concert on Tuesday.

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An exhibit at Baltimore’s Visionary Arts Museum has helped inspire a new city tourism motto, via the Baltimore Sun.