Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  July 6, 2011 at 1:21 PM EST

Photo by Diptendu Dutta/ AFP/ Getty Images

An artist arranges clay faces of Hindu Goddess Durga in preparation for the Hindu festival Durga Puja in Siliguri, India. Ongoing monsoon rain has made it difficult for artisans to finish the basic structures of the idols, as they mainly depend on sunlight to dry the structures made from clay, bamboo, rice straw and other materials. Durga Puja, the annual Hindu festival, is usually celebrated in October. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/ AFP/ Getty Images

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A man in dark glasses walked into a gallery in San Francisco on Tuesday and walked out with a Picasso pencil drawing, worth more than $200,000, via the San Francisco Chronicle.

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A judge in Texas says that country music performer Willie Nelson received special treatment after a marijuana bust last year, and has overruled the artist’s plea agreement, via the Houston Press.

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A new paper in Physics Today considers the science of Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings, via Wired.

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Artist Cy Twombley died Tuesday at the age of 83. You can watch a slide show of the artist’s images and hear more about his life from the Art Institute of Chicago’s James Rondeau here.