In The Limelight For April 7, 2011: National Arts News

A look at what's in the limelight this week in national arts news.

Warhol

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A larger-than-life-sized monument of Andy Warhol by the artist Rob Pruitt was unveiled over the weekend in New York's Union Square.

Here’s a look at what’s in the limelight for the week of April 4, 2011 in national arts news. 

Last Wallace Novel Now In Bookstores

David Foster Wallace’s last, unfinished book was released posthumously last week. Pale King, the cult novelist’s chronicle of IRS employees in Peoria, would, fittingly, have been released on April 15, tax day, were it not for internet booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble online, which began selling it nearly three weeks early. A case study of American beaurocracy and boredom, the novel has already garnered a great deal of attention.

Gone With The Wind: Found In Connecticut

In other literature news, the final typescript pages of another novel of another age, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, long taken for lost or destroyed, have turned up in an unlikely library in Southport, Connecticut. It’s good timing; this June marks the 75th anniversary of the first publication of the novel, which, according to a librarian at the Southport library, still sells 250,000 copies a year. The valuable manuscript bears some of the author’s own handwritten corrections. It will go on exhibit at the library Saturday, before traveling to Margaret Mitchell’s hometown, Atlanta.

2011 Country Music Awards

13 million viewers tuned in to CBS this past weekend to watch the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The ceremony and celebration, held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featured performances by country, folks and pop stars alike, including Rihanna, James Taylor, and Steven Tyler. Country singer Miranda Lambert won four awards, including Best Female Vocalist, and Brad Paisley won Best Male Vocalist. Lady Antebellum, the group that swept the recent 2011 Grammies, won Top Vocal Group and Album of the Year. 21-year-old Taylor Swift became the youngest person ever to win Entertainer of the Year.

Representation Of Warhol Looms Over Crowds In New York

A sculpture of pop artist and personality Andy Warhol was unveiled last week in New York City’s Union Square. Its creator is artist Rob Pruitt, who crafted it in part with funds from the Public Art Fund. The likeness features Warhol with a Polaroid camera around his neck, wearing his signature round glasses, and carrying a Bloomingdale’s bag (in which the real Warhol would customarily carry issues of his magazine, Interview). Crafted of shiny chrome and slightly larger than life, the monument is mounted on a tall pedestal, so that, at ten feet tall, it looms brightly over the crowds. After its unveiling Sunday, several cans of tomato soup were left at its feet.

Rachel Lyon

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Rachel Lyon came to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue her MFA in Creative Writing at IU. At WFIU, she is an announcer for All Things Considered and classical music, and she produces features for Artworks. Rachel's glad to be working in radio again after a long drought since her undergraduate years, when she was a DJ for WPRB, the independent station in Princeton, NJ.

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