Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Quinn Bowman  January 6, 2010 at 10:48 AM EDT

People display their works of calligraphy during the 46th annual calligraphy contest in Tokyo to help mark the start of the new year. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

People display their works of calligraphy during the 46th annual calligraphy contest in Tokyo to help mark the start of the new year. A total of 3,300 people gathered to display their calligraphy — using traditional brushes and ink — to write messages in the New Year contest. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

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Kenneth Noland, one of the most prominent painters in the abstract Color Field movement, died Tuesday at the age of 85. We’ll have more on Noland later today.

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A rescue deal may be in the works for book reviewers Kirkus Reviews. Its managing editor says that parent company Nielsen, which announced in Decemeber it would shut down Kirkus, is talking to a potential buyer.

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A New Hampshire artist says his first amendment rights were violated by a park ranger who kicked him out of the park for dressing like Bigfoot and videotaping his performance without a permit.

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One branch of the British supermarket chain Tesco is trying to give back some of its business to a smaller competitor. After complaints that the megastore was driving business away from independent bookstores with its radically reduced book prices, the store put up a sign that let customers know they could find a wider selection of books at the shop across the street.

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You can now shop for your haute couture and haute contemporary art in the same Parisian luxury store, Galeries Lafayette. The New York Times reports that the entrance to the gallery is between the store’s Gucci and Louis Vuitton displays.