Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  May 4, 2011 at 12:35 PM EST

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An art installation consisting of eight Hills Hoists clothes lines complemented by eight ‘mums hanging out washing’ is seen at Bondi Beach on May 1, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. The installation is the latest in a series of surrealist works by artist Andrew Baines, this time to highlight the loss of the typical backyard due to the increase of high density living. The Hills Hoist is considered the epitome of Australian backyards, with Bondi Beach considered Sydney’s backyard. Photo by Cameron Spencer/ Getty Images

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The New York City Ballet resolved contract talks with dancers early on Tuesday with both sides making concessions, via the Los Angeles Times.

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The director of the Folk Art Museum in New York, which is several million dollars in debt and just missed a payment, is resigning in July, via Bloomberg.

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The New York Times reports on a special — and emotional — concert performed in Gaza by Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and a group of musicians from many of the finest orchestras in the world.

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The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has teamed up the Ancestry.com to launch a new database of information about victims of Nazism by culling all of the museum’s information for public use for the first time, via The Washington Post.

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A project started in the mid-1970s to compile a resource of all the correspondence written by Charles Darwin has been gifted $8.2 billion in order to finish up by 2022, via USA Today.

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Ira Cohen, an influential artist, writer and 1960s culture maker, died in late April in New York at the age of 76, via The New York Times.