Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  August 24, 2011 at 1:17 PM EST

Photo by Jeff Pachoud/ AFP/ Getty Images

French artist Elisabeth Seguin paints with wine in her studio in Liernais. “Each wine has a different color,” says Elisabeth Seguin, who started painting with Cotes de Nuits, Cotes de Beaunes, wines of Burgundy or wines of the Gard region 10 years ago. “But I don’t use Bordeaux, I don’t know why, maybe I am a little chauvinistic.” Photo by Jeff Pachoud/ AFP/ Getty Images

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The Washington Monument is closed to visitors indefinitely after the rare east coast earthquake on Tuesday caused cracking in the obelisk, via the Los Angeles Times.

The Washington Post reported on the minor damage caused to other city — and national — landmarks in Washington.

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A number of serious accidents — some fatal — caused by collapsing stages at large outdoor concerts has forced event promoters to take more seriously the issue of temporary stage safety, via The New York Times.

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Mohamed Abdel Fattah has been named the head of antiquities in Egypt, a new replacement for the former longtime minister, Zahi Hawass, via the New York Observer.

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Late night talk show host Craig Ferguson told his audience he had been sent an envelope with a white powder believed to be anthrax, but police determined that it wasn’t, via Entertainment Weekly.

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The New York Times reports on a forthcoming Supreme Court case involving the Museum of Modern Art and the heirs of German painter George Grosz, whose works ended up in the museum’s collection after he left them with a dealer before fleeing Nazi-occupied Berlin.