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• When in 1985, the film Brazil was held from distribution in North America by execs at Universal for being inappropriate, its director, Terry Gilliam, wrote a letter to studio head Sidney Sheinberg asking about its release — which he published as a full-page ad in Variety. It read: “Sidney Sheinberg, When are you going […]

• When in 1985, the film Brazil was held from distribution in North America by execs at Universal for being inappropriate, its director, Terry Gilliam, wrote a letter to studio head Sidney Sheinberg asking about its release — which he published as a full-page ad in Variety. It read: “Sidney Sheinberg, When are you going to release my film, ‘Brazil’? Terry Gilliam.” Letters of Note has the story.

SFMOMA’s addition is budgeted at $325 million, quintuple the $60 million spent on its 1995 building, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Add to that another $230 to operate the facility. The reason: The museum is acquiring the collection of late Gap founder Donald Fisher and his wife wife Doris. Estimated value: Over a billion dollars.

• The color of the year for 2012, according to Pantone: “Tangerine Tango.”

• Trailer: EAMES: The Architect and The Painter, now touring the U.S. (but, alas, not coming to Minneapolis).

• In the spirit of one of Daniel Eatock’s contributions to our show Graphic Design: Now in Production wrapping paper made from pricetags — here’s a look at wrapping paper made up of QR codes. When you scan ‘em, they offer gift suggestions (which is odd, considering you’re already in wrapping mode.)

• Er, rapping paper.

• Via Happy Famous Artists, a motion-graphics look at the evolution of western dance music, from 1800 to today.

• Your moment of “feel-o-meter” smokestack.

• Want to read more like this? Check out the running archives of “Art News From Elsewhere,” updated constantly on the new Walker homepage.