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Wednesday’s Art Notes

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View of a Buddha statue discovered inside an ancient monastery in Mes Aynak, in the eastern province of Logar on November 23, 2010. The archaeological dig is located at the world’s second-biggest unexploited copper mine. The Chinese government-backed mining company, China Metallurgical Group Corp., which won the contract to exploit the site, has given archaeologists three years to finish the excavations. Archaeologists fear that the 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery will probably be largely destroyed once work at the mine begins. Photo by Shah Marai/ AFP/ Getty Images

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An expected guest at a writer’s conference in Istanbul, Nobel-prize winning author V.S. Naipaul has canceled his appearance after pressure from conservative Islamic media outlets in Turkey, via The Wall Street Journal.

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A record that John Lennon unknowingly signed for his murderer, Mark David Chapman, just hours before his death will be sold on an Internet auction, via “The Guardian”:

Exercising to piano music helps prevent seniors from falling, via BBC.

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An Austrian art commission suggests that a museum give up and return art works that had been looted by Nazis, via Bloomberg.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company opens its new theater complex in Stratford-Upon-Avon, via The Guardian.

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