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Sixty percent of Americans believe in the existence of hell, a recent Gallup Poll shows, but only 4% are willing to admit that they expect to end up there. If you're curious about what fate may await the sinner, Alice K. Turner's "The History of Hell" is a kind of Michelin Guide to the nether regions. "I myself do not believe in Hell--I could hardly attempt this book if I did," Turner writes, "but I have found it, literally, an incredibly interesting place to visit."
September 1, 2013 | Devin Kelly
Michael McManus, the former chief curator for the Laguna Art Museum and organizer of a major scholarly overview of California Impressionism, has died. He was 60. McManus, who had a heart condition, died Aug. 10 at his home in Seal Beach, said Mike Stice, a spokesman for Laguna College of Art and Design. Known for his quirky mannerisms and encyclopedic knowledge of the history of art and regionalist movements, McManus was a popular faculty member at Laguna College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Southern California)
November 5, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The saga of 1,500 art works recovered in Munich, with an estimated value of more than $1 billion and possibly stolen by Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s, made big headlines over the weekend. The German publication Focus reported that the 2011 discovey - which included masterpieces by Matisse, Picasso, Klee and Chagal - in the cluttered home of Cornelius Gurlitt, could be the largest stash of Nazi-looted art uncovered since World War II. But the recovered trove is likely just a drop in the bucket of what some call the greatest theft in history.  CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat “I've been saying for 10 years this is the tip of the iceberg.
July 26, 1987 | Ann Charters, A literary historian, Ann Charters has written "Olson/Melville: A Study in Affinity" and edited "The Special View of History: Charles Olson's Lectures at Black Mountain College."
John Cage, composer; Robert Creeley, poet; Merce Cunningham, choreographer; Willem de Kooning, painter; Robert Duncan, poet; Francine du Plessix Gray, writer; Buckminster Fuller, architect; Robert Motherwell, painter; Charles Olson, poet; Robert Rauschenberg, painter; Paul Taylor, dancer--despite their diversity, these dominant figures shaping the avant-garde in post-war America had in common their participation in the education experience at Black Mountain.
July 15, 2007
AND Stanley Meisler's point in his review of Sargent's works ["Portrait of an Artist on Vacation," July 8] is? The exhibition is not in Los Angeles, not even in California. If I wanted an art history lesson, I would go to the library or the museum. STEPHANY YABLOW North Hollywood
Before taking a class during her senior year at Rosemead High School, Lisa Chan thought art history was nothing more than learning the difference between a Monet and Manet, a Picasso and Pissarro. But while earning an art history degree at UCLA last spring and interning at museums in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., Chan, 22, has discovered there's almost no end to where art history can lead. This summer, Chan was one of 12 undergraduates chosen for an internship with the J.
March 18, 2012 | By Alec Nevala-Lee
One hundred years ago today, on March 18, 1912, two men dressed in black crossed the Seine in Paris to pay a call on their younger brother, an artist who lived alone in his studio on Rue Amiral-de-Joinville. Half a century later, the artist would vividly remember the dark clothes his brothers had worn that day, as if they had come to challenge him to a duel. The visit, it seems, was brief. Once his brothers had departed, the artist locked up the house and took a taxi by himself to the Quai d'Orsay, where the Salon des Independants was scheduled to begin later that week.
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