Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  February 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM EDT

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Paul Cezanne’s ‘The Card Players’ (1890-92) is the center of a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and comes from the museum’s own collection. The show, which opens Wednesday, looks at a series of Cezanne paintings that depict some of the same models as peasants in different poses and settings.

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Twelve national critics published (mostly negative) reviews of the much-delayed Broadway show “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” while it was still in previews, much to the chagrin of the production team, via The New York Times.

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Four prints by William Kentridge have been stolen from a Johannesburg gallery, via The Associated Press.

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A public art installation in Portland, ME., will be removed because it’s seen more as an eyesore, having become over-run with weeds, via The Portland Press Herald.

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Children’s author Brian Jacques, who wrote the very popular “Redwall” fantasy series, has died in England at the age of 71, via The Telegraph.