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December 29, 2000 | JOE McDONALD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The painting of Mao Tse-tung as a Renaissance saint was too risky for the Shanghai 2000 Biennial. The photo of a man eating a dead baby was too disturbing. The works, rejected by the Shanghai Art Museum's official contemporary art show, went on display at private galleries. That's when police raided a gallery and seized the exhibits. The two-month Biennial, with 67 artists from 15 countries, is China's bid to join the club of biannual art extravaganzas led by Venice and New York City.
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December 28, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
NEW YORK - This has been the season of the concert hall. The one named after Walt Disney turned 10. How that venue has revolutionized musical life in L.A. and beyond has been the subject of much consideration. Though the economy bubbles and bursts, this great space, having lost none of its contemporary luster, continues to inspire an international concert hall building boom. That makes this latest push to get music the heck out of Disney and every other concert hall all the more a remarkable phenomenon in 2013.
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December 16, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sometimes Josh Puckett punches through a canvas or throws it across the room in frustration. But most of the time, he keeps painting. The shapes he creates depict his uncontrollable ticks, his obsessive compulsive disorder and his feelings of rage and depression--symptoms caused by Tourette syndrome. "I can't really explain to people how hard it is, but I can show it," said Puckett, 17, a senior at Taft High School in Woodland Hills.
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January 30, 2013 | By David Ng
An art exhibition in Vienna dedicated to the male nude is reportedly welcoming nudists to experience the galleries au naturel after public hours.  A spokesman for the Leopold Museum in Vienna told Reuters that there was a request by an association from Germany for a nude guided tour. "We thought about it, and decided it would be a good idea to have a special nude viewing open to the public," the spokesman told the news service. "Nackte Manner" -- "Nude Men" -- features depictions of male nudity in art from the 19th century to the present day. The show caused a stir in Vienna with a promotional campaign that featured a photograph titled "Vive La France" depicting three completely naked soccer players, save for their footwear.
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September 24, 2004 | From Associated Press
A woman doing handsprings hurled herself into two art installations at the controversial Berlin exhibition of a collection belonging to the billionaire heir of a Nazi-era arms supplier, damaging both pieces, organizers said Thursday. The bizarre attack came late Wednesday on the top floor of the Hamburger Bahnhof museum, where Friedrich Christian Flick's collection had been opened to the public earlier in the day.
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February 16, 1988 | United Press International
Hundreds of demonstrators shouting "Catholic Mexico, Catholic Mexico!" protested an art exhibit with paintings depicting a nude Virgin Mary and disrupted a speech by the mayor, a news report said Monday. An article in Uno Mas Uno, a Mexico City daily, said demonstrators gathered Sunday outside the Teatro Principal in Puebla, 60 miles east of the capital, where Mayor Guillermo Pacheco Pulido was speaking.
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March 24, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Curators of "Private and Public Pleasures," a storefront exhibition dealing with issues of femininity, have covered portions of two of its three installations at the request of the Community Redevelopment Agency. Cooke Sunoo, project manager for the Hollywood Redevelopment Project, which donated use of a vacant beauty school at 6522 Hollywood Blvd.
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January 10, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Art lovers and the morbidly curious flocked to the Brooklyn Museum in large numbers for a last look at the controversial "Sensation" art exhibit with its dung-decorated Madonna. As the crowd swelled on the final day of the exhibit's three-month run, about two dozen demonstrators stood outside, singing hymns and reciting "Hail Mary," a Catholic prayer, in protest of what they say is a blasphemous painting of the Virgin Mary.
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October 12, 1989 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITE
The John Wayne Airport Arts Task Force has suggested a budget of $70,000 to launch an arts program proposed for the new terminal and an annual budget of $250,000 for the program's ensuing years. A professionally curated, inaugural exhibit to feature Orange County artists exclusively also is among proposals made Tuesday by members of the task force, a 12-person panel appointed in March by the County Board of Supervisors. The terminal is scheduled to open April 1.
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February 4, 1992 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, TIMES ART CRITIC
Is this any way to deal with a recession? At the James Corcoran Gallery in Santa Monica, actor and movie director Dennis Hopper recently showed abstract paintings that derived from Polaroid photographs of graffiti-covered walls. Several blocks away at the Daniel Weinberg Gallery, sculptor Don Gummer, who is married to multi-Oscared actress Meryl Streep, is having his debut exhibition in Los Angeles of bronze sculptures and drawings.
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October 18, 2012 | By David Ng
An art exhibition in Vienna titled "Nude Men" -- "Nackte Manner" in German -- is stimulating considerable media attention in Austria. The show, which opens this week at the Leopold Museum, is dedicated to depictions of male nudity from the 19th century to the present day, and includes paintings, sculpture, photographs and more. The Leopold Museum is offering some of the artwork on its website. (Please note the images may be offensive for some readers.) On its exterior wall, the museum has put up a full-frontal image of a naked man created by Austrian artist Ilse Haider, "Mr. Big. " One of the items in the museum show has already proved controversial.
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October 16, 2012 | By Stanley Meisler
WASHINGTON - For a hundred years, artists have been using and abusing newspapers as a vital part of their works. Pungent examples include the Spanish painter Salvador Dali creating an absurd newspaper about himself, the German-born Swiss artist Dieter Roth making a sausage, complete with gelatin and spices, out of copies of the British tabloid Daily Mirror and the American Jim Hodges coating a Jordanian newspaper entirely in 24 karat gold. Little attention has been paid to this phenomenon by the world's museums in the past.
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October 10, 2012 | By David Ng
The late Dee Dee Ramone will receive a posthumous gallery exhibition of his artwork thanks to street artist Shepard Fairey. The punk rock musician's paintings will be on display in a show at Fairey's Subliminal Projects gallery in Echo Park scheduled to run Oct. 26 through Nov. 17. "Dee Dee Ramone: A Memorial Exhibition" will mark the 10th anniversary of the musician's death. Ramone -- who was a founder of the New York punk band the Ramones -- was found dead in 2002 in his L.A. home, the victim of an apparent drug overdose.
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July 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
In this economy, most people simply have so much money that we don't know what to do with it all. It's become too easy and affordable to buy a home. Paying for college feels like nothing more than feeding a parking meter. Getting a job seems as easy and stress-free as it is to sleep in on the weekends. So of course plenty of folks nowadays have the cash at their disposal to bid $25,000 or more to ensure receiving courtside Lakers tickets and having dinner with Magic Johnson. Oh, wait.
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July 11, 2012 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
The Venice Biennale is arguably the most prestigious and glamorous international exhibition in the world, taking place in Italy every two years. The wryly titled Venice Beach Biennial, which is taking place on boardwalk this weekend and probably won't take place again, has humbler and funkier aspirations. Running Friday through Sunday, it's a free-to-the-public, open-air art exhibition that brings together 87 artists. They include artists who usually show on the boardwalk working alongside, and sometimes in collaboration with, well-known artists (Barbara Kruger, Evan Holloway, Katie Grinnan and Nick Herman, to name a few)
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July 8, 2012 | Michael J. Ybarra
Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been a legendary poet and bookseller since he helped put the Beats on the cultural map in the 1950s. His San Francisco City Lights Booksellers published Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" in 1956, which wound up getting Ferlinghetti put on trial for obscenity. His 1958 poetry collection, "A Coney Island of the Mind," has sold more than a million copies. But before he was a poet, Ferlinghetti, now 93, was a painter. He took up the brush as a student in Paris in the late 1940s, has sold his work in galleries and not long ago had a 60-year retrospective of his art shown in Italy.
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August 20, 1990
For the second time in a week, thieves broke into a Santa Monica exhibit of holograms on Sunday, ripping 17 of the art pieces from walls or cutting wires that attached them to the ceiling. "I just don't know what to do," said J. William McGowan, chairman of the board of Associates of Science and Technology, coordinator of the exhibit. "I'm past the point of being able to speak coherently." Police said there was no sign of forced entry.
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May 25, 1993 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The age-old debate about the definition of art has been revived in an unlikely forum, Los Angeles City Hall, with the bureaucrat who heads the city's arts programs reaching the following conclusions: A banner depicting a dog being roasted on a spit is not art. Lecterns adorned with female genitalia are.
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July 5, 2012 | By Marcia Adair
LONDON -- For those who leave modern art exhibitions feeling like Charlie Brown after Lucy has yanked the football yet again, take heart. From now until Aug. 5, you can head to the Hayward Gallery in London, plunk down 8 pounds and see absolutely nothing. Mostly. "Invisible: Art About the Unseen 1957-2012" is not, according to gallery director Ralph Rugoff, a publicity stunt, but rather a meditation on seeing.  “I often go to museums and see people walking through galleries of great art in a drive-by manner," he said.
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June 25, 2012 | Reed Johnson and Danielle Paquette
The Egyptian Pharaohs would've approved. Sisyphus would be relieved. After four decades of planning and a 105-mile odyssey, the rock officially has come to rest at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where it is expected to hang out for roughly the next 3,500 years. On Sunday, hundreds of camera-toting, iPhone-wielding Angelenos and a clutch of dignitaries descended on Michael Heizer's monumental new outdoor sculpture, a 340-ton granite boulder suspended over a 456-foot-long concrete channel, formally known as "Levitated Mass.
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