Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  December 22, 2010 at 1:16 PM EDT

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Two 30m tall dancing animatronic cranes, touted to be the world’s tallest, perform during a media preview at a resort in Singapore on December 22, 2010. The animatronic cranes made almost entirely of steel complete with digital art, LED displays, light and water effects and pyrotechnics, mimic the dexterity and grace of their living counterparts as they perform their courtship dance ritual in the wild. Photo by Roslan Rahman/ AFP/ Getty Images

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In London, major galleries are paying more for special grit to be used on icy roads in their vicinity, after the salty kind, tracked in by visitors, was found to be damaging works in their collections, via The Telegraph.

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Spanish thieves who stole a truck containing millions of dollars worth of famous art were planning to sell the trove for scrap material, via ARTINFO.

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The Asian Art Museum may get help from the city of San Francisco to stay in business, via the San Francisco Examiner.

But it’s not such a wonderful life for the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pa., via The Wall Street Journal.

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Russian president Dmitri Medvedev tries to strengthen diplomatic ties to India by suggesting the two countries work together on film industry, via MSN India.

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The Chinese government bans the media from using words that come from other languages, especially English, because it fears that its language is becoming too hybridized, via BBC.

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In Los Angeles, a film school and a farmer’s market fight over space, via the Associated Press.

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Renaissance man Shaq takes the baton at the Boston Pops: