May 2, 2012 |
A long-running lawsuit to force the Norton Simon Museum to surrender one of its prized artworks, 480-year-old paired paintings of Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach the Elder that were looted during the Holocaust, has reached what could be its last legal round: plaintiff Marei Von Saher's recent appeal to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. If her appeal fails, it could have far-reaching implications, potentially undermining a larger class of claims to recover Nazi-looted art. Von Saher, who lives in Connecticut, contends that the "Adam and Eve" diptych that has hung in the Pasadena museum since the late 1970s remains stolen goods.
August 22, 2009 |
She is a beguiling Eve with a profusion of corkscrew curls and an earful of bad advice from a wily serpent. He is a befuddled Adam who holds forbidden fruit in one hand and scratches his head with the other. Life-size and all- but-nude, they have been standing under the biblical Tree of Knowledge -- on the brink of original sin -- since German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder painted them nearly 500 years ago. And they are a big reason art lovers go to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.
March 15, 2009 |
The creation story is the best improv exercise ever invented. Creation and destruction, self and no-self, story and history, fiction and nonfiction chase themselves in endless circles. The creation story is the Mobius strip, the double helix, the pattern language of art. For an artist to take it on, she must feel that she is really ready to take it on. It is an act of calligraphy -- too much ego and the mirror that is the story cracks, the pool ripples. Narcissus remains deluded.
October 19, 2007 |
A Los Angeles federal judge has dismissed a case that jeopardized the Norton Simon Museum's ownership of a nearly 500-year-old pair of paintings of Adam and Eve by German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder. The action halts dueling lawsuits filed by the museum and Marei von Saher of Connecticut, the heir of a Jewish art dealer who lost the artworks to the Nazis in World War II. The museum filed a motion to dismiss the case, and a hearing was to be held Monday. But Judge John F.
HOME & GARDEN
October 7, 2004 |
Susan Stringfellow's house in Los Angeles turns heads with its elegant co-mingling of solid and soft, stark and sensual, modern and primitive. In that spirit, when she and Nancy Goslee Power revived its weary landscape, they agreed on one thing: The pomegranate would stay. "It added age to the design," Power says. "It's important to leave a grandparent when redoing a garden."
May 24, 2004 |
After a dozen years of trial upon tribulation, things are looking up for the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Among the good news: a permanent company home on Crenshaw Boulevard to be christened next month and the local troupe's first appearance at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on Friday night.