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A roundup of the week’s art headlines.

 
Country music singer Wilma Lee Cooper is dead at 90. Acclaimed as one of the most authentic Appalachian voices surviving in country music, Cooper recorded her repertoire for the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution, which honored her as “the first lady of bluegrass” in 1974, via The Guardian.

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Six Iranian filmmakers have been arrested and charged with espionage and with portraying a negative image of Iran in their films, via WBEZ. The Toronto Film Festival has condemned the arrests, via The Guardian. Just weeks ago, the festival screened a film by one of the six, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb.

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The wife of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is urging lawmakers to reject legislation that would reinforce police powers to hold dissenters in secret locations without telling their families, via Reuters. Ai was detained this April to international outcry.

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The Centre Pompidou in Paris is starting a mobile unit. The French museum of modern and contemporary art will launch the Centre Pompidou Mobile in early October. A dozen masterpieces — including works by Picasso, Matisse, and Calder — will leave the permanent collection to travel around the country. The unit is a 650 sq. meter structure that resembles a circus tent and can adapt to different locations and, via The Huffington Post.

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In a major art forgery case, the accused, Wolfgang and Helen Beltracchi, are admitting guilt in a plea bargain. This week, the former relayed the details of his criminal past. The Beltracchis forged and sold approximately 47 works by notable artists, via ARTINFO.

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Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn lobbied Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to approach Iran about releasing two American hikers who had been detained there, via The Christian Science Monitor. The hikers were released last week.

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The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has returned the broken-off bust of a famous statue to Turkey, where it will again meet with its lower half, via Boston Magazine.

In similar news, the Menil Collection in Houston has announced it will return its popular Byzantine frescoes to the Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus, via The New York Times.

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Color Field painter Stephen Mueller is dead at 63, via The New York Times.


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An exhibition of Bob Dylan’s paintings at the Gagosian Gallery is raising questions about authenticity. The Asia Series purportedly features “firsthand depictions” of the singer’s travels in Japan, China, Vietnam and Korea. But some observers have pointed out similarities between Dylan’s works and well-known photographs by other people, via The New York Times.

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One of the country’s oldest outdoor murals is being restored in Chicago. A planned condominium would have obscured the mural, which showcases Puerto Rican history, via WBEZ.

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The Missouri Warrior Writers Project helps veterans and service members write about their wartime experience, via NPR.

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie vetoed a $420,000 tax subsidy for MTV’s Jersey Shore. Italian-American groups have argued that the subsidy, awarded in previous years, is funding stereotypes, via The Wall Street Journal.

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The Office’s Mindy Kaling pokes fun at the way women are depicted in the romantic comedies, via The New Yorker.

Adam Cole and Robert Krulwich sing about eponyms at NPR.

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