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Tuesday’s Art Notes

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Afghan potter Abdul Qudoos works on his craft specialty in the artisan’s village of Istalif in the Shomali plains, about 30 kms north of Kabul on November 2, 2010. Istalif, once a village famous for its pottery, now lies mostly in ruins following decades of war. A small artisan initiative is breathing tentative life back into the village with a small handful of craftsmen — mostly potters — trying to revive the ancient crafts tradition. Photo by Shah Marai/ AFP/ Getty Images

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Turkey lifts a 2-year ban on YouTube, via The Wall Street Journal.

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The New York Times has a special subterranean report on a secret art enclave created by international street artists in an unused, underground subway station in New York.

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The Academy Award’s decision to present Jean-Luc Godard with an honorary Oscar has stirred some discomfort over the French director’s views toward Jews, via The New York Times.

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On Modern Art Notes, Tyler Green offers a response to a NPR report about a rise in bullying against young gays by writing about an artist whose work addressed and affirmed every person’s right to be different.

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A new show at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington is the first major exhibit to take into account the sexuality of several American artists as a primary context for examining their work, via The Associated Press.

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