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Monster Mash: Tate Modern's new director; Helen Hunt goes off-Broadway; Mondrian theft

June 16, 2010 |  7:56 am

Hunt -- New leadership: The Tate Modern gallery in London has announced that Chris Dercon, from Munich's Haus der Kunst, will be its new director. (The Guardian)

-- Treading the boards: Oscar and Emmy winner Helen Hunt will take on the role of the stage manager in a production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" at the off-Broadway Barrow Street Theatre. (Playbill)

-- Robbed: Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova was mugged on New York's Upper West Side on Tuesday. (New York Times)

-- Art theft: An early painting by Piet Mondrian has been stolen from the Frericks Museum in the Netherlands. (Associated Press)

-- Big sales: Art Basel in Switzerland gets underway with sales of works by major masters, including the late Louise Bourgeois. (Bloomberg)

-- Busted: The popular artist Thomas Kinkade has been arrested near Carmel on suspicion of drunk driving. (USA Today)

-- Now you see it...: A well-known photograph of Winston Churchill that hangs over the entrance to a London museum has been airbrushed to remove the former prime minister's cigar. (Daily Telegraph)

-- DIY masterpiece: A do-it-yourself art kit allows people to make their own jewel-encrusted Damien Hirst skull. (iartistlondon, via ArtNet)

-- Passing: Jonathan Wolken, the founder of Pilobolus Dance Theater, has died at the age of 60. (New York Times)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews the Ojai Festival in its 64th year; art critic Christopher Knight reviews Felipe Ehrenberg at the Museum of Latin American Art; REDCAT announces its lineup for the 2010 NOW festival.

-- David Ng

Photo: Helen Hunt. Credit: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival