Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  June 23, 2010 at 10:20 AM EDT

Young women wait to perform traditional Sorbian dances in Schleife, Germany during the  6th International Sorbian Bagpipe Festival. Photo by Carsten Koall/ Getty Images

Young women wait to perform traditional Sorbian dances in Schleife, Germany during the 6th International Sorbian Bagpipe Festival. The Sorbs, a national minority, are a west-Slavic people, who live in Upper and Lower Lusatia in the German states of Saxony and Brandenburg. Photo by Carsten Koall/ Getty Images

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Pixar’s ‘Toy Story 3’ broke a box office record for the company over the weekend, via the New York Times. Forbes says Mattel, the company that makes Barbie and Ken (“characters” in the animated film), has also been reaping rewards from the movie’s popularity.

Guardian art blogger Jonathan Jones calls Pixar animators the Renaissance masters of our time.

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Officials worry the new Moscow metro station named for Feodor Dostoevsky could become a popular suicide spot, due to the graphic and gloomy mosaic murals that depict scenes from the writer’s novels, via the Telegraph.

The artist, Ivan Nikolayev, defended his work by saying, “What did you want? Scenes of dancing?”

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The New York Times’ Arts Beat has a roundup of some of the 25 new recordings selected to be preserved for the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, including works by Patti Smith, Tupac Shakur and the musical “Gypsy.”

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Non-artists can try their hand at 17th-century style Dutch still-life painting thanks to a new smart phone app developed by artist John Baldessari, via the Los Angeles Times. (Learn more about Baldessari at Art:21.)