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Monday’s Art Notes

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Indian circus artists perform on bicycles as part of the Great Bombay Circus show in Bangalore on January 28, 2011. Once a major form of mass entertainment, the 90-year-old Great Bombay Circus is struggling to keep up the tradition due to difficulty in getting new talent to join the art, tough competition from developing forms of digital entertainment, and lack of institutional support for the profession. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/ AFP/ Getty Images

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A 30-second film clip from 1928 of the Ballets Russes has turned up in London, via The Guardian.

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Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, a major charitable foundation worth about $4 billion, has pledged much of that money to aid and advance folk and Native American art, via the Los Angeles Times.

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Looters have broken into and vandalized some of Egypt’s museums during the political unrest of the last week, via ARTINFO.

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The Wall Street Journal follows up on the first week of the VIP Art Fair, which experienced some technical problems.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied an appeal from the University of Iowa to replace its art museum after it sustained significant damage in a 2008 flood, via Iowa City Press-Citizen.

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John Barry, an Oscar-winning composer who scored many of the films in the James Bond franchise, as well as “Midnight Cowboy” and “The Lion in Winter,” has died in New York at the age of 77, via The Associated Press.

Here’s Barry’s instrumental music for the film You Only Live Twice (or listen to this cover version by Bjork):

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