Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  March 9, 2011 at 10:31 AM EDT

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‘Three Studies of a Young Girl Wearing a Hat’ dated 1716 is displayed at Watteau: The Drawings at the Royal Academy of Arts on March 8, 2011 in London, England. The drawings selected show the full range of Watteau’s subject matter including ‘fetes galantes,’ a genre he invented which depicts social gatherings of elegant people in parkland settings. The drawings go on show March 12 through June 5, 2011. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/ Getty Images

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will shut down for several weeks and will delay the opening by three months in order to address problems, via Reuters.

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A Spanish sculptor’s monumental project to build a cave dedicated to tolerance and utopian ideals in the Canary Islands is on track to be carried out posthumously, but the plan could detroy ancient stone carvings dating back 2,000 years, via The Art Newspaper.

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The New York Times uses the occasion of a sale of replicas of guitars owned by Eric Clapton to talk about the idea of celebrity contagion — that an item can become more appealing or valuable not just because it used to belong to a famous person, but because other people want it because it used to belong to a famous person.

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Mike Starr, a musician who had been the original bassist for the hard rock band Alice in Chains, died Tuesday at the age of 44, via Rolling Stone.