Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  January 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM EDT

A Tate Modern gallery employee poses for a photograph next to a piece of work entitled 'Chicotes' by Gabriel Orozco. Photo by Dan Kitwood/ Getty Images

A Tate Modern gallery employee poses for a photograph next to a piece of work entitled ‘Chicotes’ by Gabriel Orozco in London, England. The retrospective of the artist is the largest presentation of his work in the UK, which opens to the public on January 19 and runs until April 25, 2011. Photo by Dan Kitwood/ Getty Images

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Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough spoke out on Tuesday about the December removal of a work of art from “Hide/Seek” exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, via The New York Times.

Los Angeles Times critic Christopher Knight takes issue with Clough’s statement.

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An official for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Iranian president opposes the jail sentence handed down to filmmaker Jafar Panahi by Iran’s judiciary branch, via AFP.

The Berlin Film Festival (Feb. 10-20), which had invited Panahi to plans to honor the absent director, with a forum on censorship in Iran, via The Guardian.

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Burgalars stole several million dollars worth of art, including many valuable works of 19th century Russian art, from the home of a Russian jewelry tycoon last week, via ARTINFO.

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The Washington Post previews a special celebration at the Kennedy Center for the inauguration anniversary of its namesake, President John F. Kennedy, in honor of his strong patronage of the arts.

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Just like the feelings of aggravation one might experience on a packed highway, British museum-goers are getting angry about over-crowded galleries, via The Independent.

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Don Kirshner, a songwriter, music publisher and variety show TV host whose strength was recognizing and cultivating the hit-maker talent in both composers and musicians, died at age 76 in Boca Raton, FL. on Monday, via The New York Times.

Songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin wrote “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” under Kirshner’s auspices: