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A roundup of the week’s arts and culture headlines.

Click to enlarge. Wire sculptures made by Occupy protesters on the UC Davis campus. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

An album to benefit the Occupy Wall Street protests is in the works, with music from Third Eye Blind, David Crosby and Graham Nash, Jackson Browne and Lucinda Williams, among others, via the Associated Press.

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After Beijing police interrogated Ai Weiwei’s videographer for allegedly spreading pornography online by taking nude photographs of Ai and four women, fans of the Chinese artist posted nude photos of themselves on a website called “Ai Wei Fans’ Nudity — Listen, Chinese Government: Nudity is not Pornography,” via Reuters.

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“Knife Edge Two Piece, 1962-1965,” a bronze sculpture by Henry Moore that stands outside the British Houses of Parliament has fallen into disrepair and is not being restored because it is unclear who owns the piece, via the Telegraph.

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National Gallery Workers in London are planning a strike that coincides with the opening of the new Leonardo da Vinci exhibit, via the Guardian.

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Via ARTnews, the story behind a lawsuit brought against the Museum of Modern Art in New York by the heirs of German artist George Grosz, who claim artwork stolen by the Nazis, which passed through a Manhattan art gallery with profits funding the Third Reich, ended up in MoMA’s permanent collection.

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A recently discovered manuscript by a 14-year-old Charlotte Bronte that contains more than 4,000 words crammed onto 19 pages, each measuring approximately 35-by-61 millimeters, will be auctioned next month, via NPR.

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Recently discovered graffiti by Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten may be of greater significance than the discovery of early Beatles recordings, via the BBC.

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ARTINFO asks the question: “How do artists with ephemeral work get paid?”

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Art Beat is taking off Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving and will return Monday.

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