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Monster Mash: Lawsuit against Warhol Foundation gets green light; Susan Boyle's bad week with the tabs; Van Gogh painting in dispute

May 28, 2009 |  9:34 am

Warhol_selfportrait Real or not: A New York judge has ruled that an art collector can pursue his lawsuit against the Andy Warhol Foundation and the board that authenticates the artist's work in which the plaintiff accuses the organizations of fraud and unjust enrichment.

Moving on: Derrick Cartwright, who has headed the San Diego Museum of Art since 2004, will leave his post to take the top position at Seattle Art Museum.

Signal power: L.A.'s classical radio station KUSC-FM (91.5) has extended its reach by purchasing a station in central California.

Hideous masterpiece: Vincent van Gogh's "Night Cafe," which the painter himself described as "ugly," is the subject of a dispute between Yale University and the heir of a Russian art collector.

Down Under: The Sydney Theater Company, whose artistic directors are Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett, faces financial difficulties as ticket sales decline.

Far East: A new festival featuring artists and arts groups from China is coming to Orange County, via Carnegie Hall.

Looking ahead: Richard Armstrong, the Guggenheim Museum's new director, talks about the institution's future, which includes plans to expand to Abu Dhabi.

Dragging on: Does Frank Gehry have renewed competition for the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards project?

Boiling point: Susan Boyle, who has risen to fame on "Britain's Got Talent" for her renditions of popular show tunes, is having a very bad week with the British tabloids.

Picture perfect: Mexican artist Marco Antonio Cruz has won Canada's Grange Prize for Photography for his black-and-white photo essay on blind people in Mexico.

Possible curtain call: The Oregon Ballet Theater faces closure if it doesn't raise $750,000 by the end of June.

More grail water: Eric Idle is set to co-direct a new theatrical production called "An Evening Without Monty Python" that will play at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in September and star Hank Azaria and Jane Leeves.

Auction: An auction of French mime Marcel Marceau's personal belongings has raised close to $700,000, with the French government stepping in as a major buyer.

Rich and famous: More drama in the Brooke Astor trial, this time over a painting by the American impressionist Childe Hassam.

— David Ng

Photo: A silkscreen self-portrait of Andy Warhol that is at the center of a lawsuit between a collector and the Warhol Foundation. Credit: Associated Press

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