Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  June 9, 2010 at 10:18 AM EST

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South African fans blow ‘vuvuzela’ horns during a visit to Kimberly by Uruguay’s national football players ahead of the start of the 2010 World Cup football tournament in South Africa. Photo by Rodrigo Arangua/ AFP/ Getty Images

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The Caves of Altamira, home to some of the best existing examples of Paleolithic art, will be reopened after eight years of closure, and despite acknowledged warnings that the presence of visitors is likely to damage the site, via the Associated Press.

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The new reality series ‘Work of Art,’ where artists complete weekly creative challenges in competition for a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, debuts this evening on Bravo. The New York Times says the series “submits practitioners of fine art to the gladiator competitions of lowbrow culture, giving painters and sculptors and photographers a shot at the celebrity now enjoyed by so many service professionals and idle wives in Orange County.”

“Rather than making art,” writes Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times, “the cast is charged with dramatizing the act of making art.”

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The Art Newspaper takes up the problem of strategizing how the arts world should argue its case for more resources in a time of limited funding.

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Amongst the Atlantic’s 14 3/4 Biggest Ideas of the Year are two concerned with the way culture and the media have been affected by technology: Walter Kirn writes boredom’s obit and Walter Isaacson is optimistic about the return of pay-for-view content on the Internet.