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• Henry Chalfant and Tony Silver’s seminal 1984 documentary Style Wars condensed some 30 hours of 16 mm footage into a groundbreaking 69-minute film on the origins of hip hop culture. Now the unused footage — including clips of a b-boy battle featuring the Rock Steady Crew and interviews with legendary graffiti artists Kase 2, […]

• Henry Chalfant and Tony Silver’s seminal 1984 documentary Style Wars condensed some 30 hours of 16 mm footage into a groundbreaking 69-minute film on the origins of hip hop culture. Now the unused footage — including clips of a b-boy battle featuring the Rock Steady Crew and interviews with legendary graffiti artists Kase 2, Dondi and Seen — are deteriorating and in need of restoration. Enter: Kickstarter, where the filmmakers are fundraising to find the $28,000 needed to save and restore the outtakes.

Poster designs for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were revealed on Friday, with posters going on sale in the Olympics shop. The 12 participating artists: Martin Creed, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Rachel Whiteread, Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris (poster detail above) and Bob and Roberta Smith. Here’s one designer’s response to the series.

• New research suggests that 25,000-year old paintings of spotted horses found in caves in southwest France were realistic rather than symbolic renderings. The much-debated question may be put to rest after scientists compared modern horse DNA with that of Stone Age horses to find that the leopard-spotted ones existed. Said one researcher, “Why they took the effort making these beautiful paintings will always remain a miracle to us. It’s an enigma, but it’s also nice to see that if we go back 25,000 years, people didn’t have much technology and life was probably hard, but nevertheless they already endeavored in producing art. It tells us a lot about ourselves as a species.”

• U.S. regulators have given the go-ahead to artist Christo to install 5.9 miles worth of suspended fabric over the Colorado River. The Over the River project is expected to bring in $121 million in economic activity and attract some 400,000 viewers over the installation and presentation of the work.

• As the Walker’s backstage signature wall adds some historic names — dancers on the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s final tour ever — here’s a look at the same kind of wall at New York City Center.

• Letters in history: Jimi Hendrix’s 1966 pre–Hey Joe postcard to his father while on tour in Germany.