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Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 05/27/2011

Ai Weiwei Gains Attention at Hong Kong’s ART HK International Art Fair; John Banville wins Franz Kafka Prize


Chinese artist Ai Weiwei sits in the courtyard of his home in Beijing where he remains under house arrest on November 7, 2010. Ai, who is one of China's most famous artists and social critics and currently has an exhibition at London's Tate Modern, was put under house arrest at the end of last week to stop him attending a gathering at his new Shanghai studio, which is due to be demolished. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images) (PETER PARKS - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Subversion: Detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s “Marble Arm,” a sculpture of a life-sized arm and hand giving an unseen person the middle finger, has gained attention at Hong Kong’s ART HK International art fair. (Reuters)

Covering Up: Sax restaurant has removed the controversial portraits and murals of former presidents in response to angry phone calls (Washington Post)

Day by Day: The first Broadway revival of the musical “Godspell” is set to open in November. (New York Times)

Expansions: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has showcased a model of its new wing. The museum is expanding to create space for the collection of late Gap founder Donald Fisher (Los Angeles Times)

Controversy: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is becoming involved in an international loan dispute that has led Russian museums to hold off making loans of state-owned art to the United States. The loan dispute could mean the absence of 38 works of art from “Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts,” a major show scheduled to open June. (New York Times)

Winning: Irish novelist John Banville has won the prestigious Franz Kafka Prize. (AP via Washington Post)

Comic Thrills: Comedy Central says it will stream comedy acts from the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival next month in a three-hour show June 12. (AP via Washington Post)

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