Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  May 26, 2010 at 10:48 AM EDT

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An employee of art gallery ‘Cokkie Snoei’ sets up a stall for the International Art Fair for Modern and Contemporary Art in the RAI Amsterdam on May 25, 2010. The 26th edition of ‘Art Amsterdam’ takes place from May 26 thru May 30, 2010. Photo by Robin Utrecht/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been released on bail after spending two months in an Iranian prison, via BBC.

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The Whitney Museum of American Art will move forward on plans to expand by building a new satellite location in downtown New York, via the New York Times.

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Tina Fey will be the youngest recipient thus far of the Mark Twain Prize for Humor when it’s handed to her this fall at the Kennedy Center, via the Washington Post.

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The Times has an update on the opera spending cuts that have provoked major labor protest strikes, and how the current crisis bodes badly for the longterm health of Italian opera.

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AT&T added a disclaimer to a television commercial after objections that it closely resembled the installation art works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, via the New York Times.

Modern Art Notes points to another example of current advertising mimicking recent fine art.