Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  May 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM EDT

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Artist Mohammed Mahmud al-Awad, 55, sits in his workshop along Rashid Street in central Baghdad. Awad has been an oud maker for 40 years, learning his profession from a master craftsman and utilizing imported woods, especially from India. The string instrument takes 15 days to make and costs between $300 to $1500, with most of his clients being famous Iraqi and Arab artists. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Philip Roth has been awarded the Man Booker International Prize for Literature, but afterwards one of the judges quit in protest over the choice, via The Guardian.

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A final environmental impact report will be released soon as part of judging whether the artist Christo can go ahead with a land art project in Colorado, via The New York Times. The primary concern will be whether the piece will harm the population of bighorn sheep in the area.

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Films by Mohammad Rasoulof and Jafar Panahi, two Iranian directors who are either jailed or prohibited from leaving the country, were shown at Cannes this week, via ARTINFO.

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A statue of Aphrodite, which for many years had been in the possession of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, is now on display at its new old home in Sicily, marking the end of a particularly pernicious international fight over the aquisition of looted antiquities, via the Los Angeles Times.