Monster Mash: J.D. Salinger portrait; controversy over Degas; Magnum collection sold

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-- Immortalized: The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., has installed a portrait of the late author J.D. Salinger. (NBC Washington)

-- Doubt: Experts express concern over the authenticity of plaster casts of Degas sculptures that were purportedly made during the artist’s lifetime. (ARTnews)

-- Sold: Michael Dell, the computer entrepreneur, has purchased a print archive from the Magnum Photos collective. (Art Info)

-- Overheard: Has the pianist Lang Lang abandoned Deutsche Grammophon and signed a $3-million deal with Sony Classical? (Bloomberg)


-- Fiscal woes: The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo., faces money problems. (

-- Looking ahead: Jerry Lewis plans to bring his ‘Nutty Professor’ stage musical to Broadway some time in October or November. (Las Vegas Review Journal)

-- Sour note: London’s Victoria & Albert Museum has drawn criticism for its plan to break up its collection of musical instruments to make room for fashion. (Times Online)

-- Riding high: Anna Shapiro, who won a Tony for directing ‘August: Osage County,’ is set to direct the Broadway revival of ‘You Can’t Take It With You,’ which is scheduled to open in November. (Playbill)

-- Suggestive: Some say an outdoor sculpture at the University of Alabama resembles a certain part of the male anatomy. (Press-Register)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Will Obama’s tax hikes for the wealthy adversely impact the arts?; a look at the Old Globe’s new theater.

-- David Ng