James Franco’s Art Installation Is Postponed; Steve Martin Was Victim of Art Forgery Ring

Actor James Franco arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Your Highness" at the University of California Santa Barbara on April 1, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/GETTY IMAGES)

Affairs of the State: Chile’s Communist Party wants a formal investigation into the death of the country’s revered poet Pablo Neruda, who died of cancer days after the 1973 coup. (Associated Press)

Brooding: James Franco’s art installation at the Venice Biennale has been postponed indefinitely so that he can “fully realize” his vision. (Independent)

Duped: Steve Martin discovered he was the victim of a German art forgery ring, once owning a forged painting entitled “Landscape with Horses” for two years. (New York Times)

Horror on Stage: The musical version of Stephen King’s novel Carrie will be revived on Broadway in January. It first premiered on Broadway 24 years ago. (BBC)

Onward, Eastward: The director of the global auction house Christie’s said that the demand for Chinese antiques could make Hong Kong one of its leading markets within a decade. (Reuters)

Me and My Blog: A new book, “Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews and Digital Rants, 2006-2009,” published in April and edited by Lee Ambrozy, translates Ai’s writings into English and reveals a softer, more personal side of the artist. (Los Angeles Times)

Katherine Boyle reports on arts, museums and culture for the Style section.


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