Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Tom LeGro  August 31, 2011 at 12:14 PM EDT

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Thomas Gainsborough’s painting of Henry Beaufoy is installed in the Holburne Museum in Bath, England. The portrait is part of a forthcoming exhibition of Gainsborough’s paintings opening Sept. 24. Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images.

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A design change during the creation of the newly opened Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial led to the paraphrasing of quotes by the civil rights leader. Poet Maya Angelou, one of the memorial’s consultants, wants it changed, saying, “The quote makes Dr. Martin Luther King look like an arrogant twit,” via the Washington Post.

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The original recordings for the Beach Boys’ legendary “lost” album Smile are to be released this autumn, 44 years after it was first due to come out, via the BBC.

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DC Comics is giving Superman and other superheroes a makeover, with new looks and new storylines meant to attract more comic book fans, via MarketPlace.

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A nonprofit group is preserving the legendary Stax Records label’s history with an educational program that helps underprivileged high-school students, via the Wall Street Journal.

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Director Steven Soderbergh plans to retire after four more films in order to concentrate on his painting, via the Guardian.