Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  July 20, 2011 at 11:19 AM EDT

Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images

Angelo Farinati, a stained glass master, works at his workshop on July 20, 2011 in Venice, Italy. The fall in the number of artisans has been blamed on higher taxes, lack of funding, increase in bureaucracy and the younger generation preferring more modern jobs, causing a steady decline in traditional craftmanship. Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images

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The Philadelphia Orchestra seeks a lower rent from its landlord, the Kimmel Center, as part of its efforts to get out of bankruptcy, via The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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ARTINFO has a roundup of some of the negative responses to Chicago’s new giant statue of Marilyn Monroe.

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Zahi Hawass is back on the job as antiquities minister, at least for the time being, via The Art Newspaper.

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Czech painter and early digital artist Zdenek Sykora has died at age 91, via The Guardian.

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Miami City Ballet is the toast of Paris, via the Miami Herald.

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James Franco has sold a figment of his imagination for $10,000, via NPR.