Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  November 10, 2010 at 10:17 AM EDT

A small sphinx bracelet will be returned to Egypt. Image Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A small sphinx bracelet will be returned to Egypt. Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will return 19 small artifacts from the tomb of King Tut to Egypt after having possession of them for decades, via The New York Times. The objects are currently on exhibit as part of a Tutankhamen exhibit in Times Square, and will returned to Egypt later next year.

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Italy’s culture minister says he won’t resign despite anger and charges and neglect after the collapse of a landmark at Pompeii over the weekend, via BBC.

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For the second night in a row, a work by Andy Warhol was the top-selling item at auction in New York, via Bloomberg.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer sets the scene of the fanciest party to ever occur on a truck loading dock (i.e. the launch of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s expansion).

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In Pittsburgh, a new $325,000 initiative to support work by and about African-American artists is being launched on Wednesday, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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For the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts says it will honor a film preservationist and historian, Kevin Brownlow, who helped establish preservation standards in the 1970s, via the Los Angeles Times.

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A virtually unknown (but much lauded) masterpiece of Brazilian cinema from the 1930s will premiere at the World Cinema Foundation Festival in Brooklyn, which starts today, via The New York Times.

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Realist painter Jack Levine died at age 95 in Manhattan on Monday, via The New York Times.