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June 21, 1987 | MICHAEL HIRSH, Associated Press
The art conservator counts time in centuries and a tiny loss of color over 100 years can stir deep concern. So when Keiko Keys saw pigments fade in only seven years, alarm bells sounded. Keys, an art expert from Woodacre, Calif., near San Francisco, turned to the only man she knew who could do something about it: Robert Feller of Carnegie Mellon University.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2012 | Jori Finkel
An important Jackson Pollock painting owned by the University of Iowa that Republican state legislators have lobbied to sell is now leaving the state -- temporarily. Next month the massive 1943 oil painting called "Mural" is traveling to the Getty Center, where it will be the subject of an extensive conservation effort expected to last 18 months. Pollock painted the canvas, which measures roughly 8 feet tall by 20 feet long, as a commission for collector Peggy Guggenheim a few years before he began his so-called drip paintings, his most famous work.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 1990 | ALLAN PARACHINI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that the landmark California Art Preservation Act--enacted a decade ago to protect artworks from unauthorized alteration or destruction--is powerless to prevent demolition or painting over of murals. But in issuing the ruling, Judge Harvey A. Schneiderman observed that there is virtually no case law to act as a road map for judges called on to adjudicate cases of mural destruction and urged artists and their lawyers to appeal.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2010 | By Charles Burress, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Strange that no horror movie ever featured these creatures from the crypts of ancient Egypt — crocodile mummies. The toothy reptiles were embalmed and wrapped in worship of the crocodile god Sobek, and two painstakingly preserved 2,000-year-old specimens are now on display at UC Berkeley in an ancient Egypt exhibit that marks a sharp departure from touring King Tut spectacles. Berkeley's show at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology is free, small and devoid of crowds.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2012 | Jori Finkel
An important Jackson Pollock painting owned by the University of Iowa that Republican state legislators have lobbied to sell is now leaving the state -- temporarily. Next month the massive 1943 oil painting called "Mural" is traveling to the Getty Center, where it will be the subject of an extensive conservation effort expected to last 18 months. Pollock painted the canvas, which measures roughly 8 feet tall by 20 feet long, as a commission for collector Peggy Guggenheim a few years before he began his so-called drip paintings, his most famous work.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 1991 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what is widely viewed as a precedent-setting case with major implications for California muralists and visual artists, a California Court of Appeal judge has overturned an earlier decision that held that murals were not protected under a state law enacted to preserve works of art. The case concerns the since-bulldozed "Ancient Energies" mural painted in 1980 by three East Los Streetscapers members on a wall adjoining a Boyle Heights service station.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2010 | By Amy Worden
For more than a decade, Los Angeles architect Dion Neutra has waged a personal battle to save his family's controversial legacy on the Gettysburg battlefield. Half a century ago, he worked alongside his world-famous father, architect Richard Neutra, on the Cyclorama Center, designed to house a massive circular painting depicting Pickett's charge. In 1999, the National Park Service announced its intention to move the painting and tear down the building -- which sits in the middle of the battle line where Union troops defended Cemetery Ridge -- to restore the landscape to its 1863 appearance.
NEWS
July 12, 1993 | PAUL FELDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last time Chemehuevi Indian Gertrude Leivas made full use of her native language was more than a decade ago, at her brother's funeral. "I surprised myself," the soft-spoken Leivas said, recalling her improvised eulogy. "The words came out like a string of beads." Nowadays, Leivas has no one left to speak Chemehuevi with. At 74 years of age, the bespectacled elder is a member of a species as rare as the California condor. According to the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 1994 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
The Margaret Fowler Memorial Garden at Scripps College in Claremont is one of Southern California's least-celebrated but best-loved hideaways. Scripps students and alumnae know the walled retreat--with its cloisters, central pool, giant wisteria, tiny chapel and expansive mural--as the most beautiful place on an idyllic campus.
BUSINESS
September 7, 1998 | DENISE HAMILTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In 17th century Flanders, Peter Paul Rubens did conservation work on his own paintings with the tools of his day: oil paints and a brush. Masterpieces by Rubens and Rembrandt are still being restored in the late 20th century, but now the task is entrusted to trained conservators using high-tech methods that include irradiating canvases with nuclear particles to create X-ray film that shows each discrete stage in the artist's painting process.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2010 | By Amy Worden
For more than a decade, Los Angeles architect Dion Neutra has waged a personal battle to save his family's controversial legacy on the Gettysburg battlefield. Half a century ago, he worked alongside his world-famous father, architect Richard Neutra, on the Cyclorama Center, designed to house a massive circular painting depicting Pickett's charge. In 1999, the National Park Service announced its intention to move the painting and tear down the building -- which sits in the middle of the battle line where Union troops defended Cemetery Ridge -- to restore the landscape to its 1863 appearance.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2007 | Vanessa Gera, Associated Press
KRAKOW, Poland -- No secret codes have come to light in a new digital examination of Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady With an Ermine," but the scan has revealed bolder hues, softer contours and other details lost in centuries of deterioration and touch-ups on the masterpiece.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2007 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
Sixty-seven years after it was installed in Inglewood, with great fanfare, and six years after it was removed for restoration, in deplorable condition, Helen Lundeberg's massive WPA mural "The History of Transportation" has a new home. The 60-panel, 240-foot-long artwork runs along a curved wall in the new Grevillea Art Park, close to Inglewood City Hall and High School.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
When Cleaster Graves noticed some crumbling mortar around the foundation of her family's aging Brooklyn brownstone, she turned to an unusual expert for help: her 17-year-old daughter, Corrie Thomas. "She said, 'You know what to do with this stuff. Go on and fix it!' " Thomas said. Asking the teenager to restore the foundation wasn't just wishful thinking.
SCIENCE
December 26, 2006 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
THE book cost $2 million at auction, but large sections are unreadable. Some of its 348 pages are torn or missing and others are covered with sprawling purple patches of mildew. Sooty edges and water stains indicate a close escape from a fire. "This manuscript is, by far, the worst of any manuscript I've ever seen," said William Noel, curator of manuscripts for the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, where it now resides. "It's a book that is on its last legs."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2006 | Doug Mellgren, Associated Press
Experts fear that theft damage to Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream," one of the world's most famous images, may be too extensive to completely repair, according to a report to be released today. The painting and another Munch masterpiece, "Madonna," were recovered by police in August, two years after they were stolen from Oslo's Munch Museum by masked gunmen in a brazen daylight heist on Aug. 22, 2004.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1995 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fernand Martel's work of art sits in a windowless room in the basement of a retirement home. There, in miniature, is downtown Long Beach in every detail--the Queen Mary, the oil island, the skyline and the neighborhood bungalows. Martel, who died last spring at age 75, spent years on this exact model, each building lovingly crafted. But there is a problem. Martel's work of art is showing signs of neglect. The shiny blue plastic that makes up the harbor is buckled and in need of repair.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1992 | G. BRUCE SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Aitchison pulls a large box from a drawer in a file cabinet, lifts the lid and reveals the contents: a hardly recognizable clump of crumpled and torn paper. His job--if the client gives him the go-ahead--will be to take that mess of paper and restore it so that it can be used in a court of law. The paper is the ship's log from an oil-drilling vessel that sank in the South China Sea and may be used as evidence in a lawsuit resulting from the disaster.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2006 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
Wurms Janitorial Service will not go quietly. The shabby old building on downtown Riverside's historic pedestrian mall will be knocked down by a bulldozer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday amid a cacophony of falling bricks, stucco, wood and metal. That's what happens to eyesores when their upscale neighbors are slated for renovation. The Wurms building clings to one side of the former Rouse department store.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2006 | From Reuters
The Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci's 16th century masterpiece, is in fragile condition but should not suffer too much damage if taken care of properly, experts who studied the painting closely said Tuesday. Scientists from Canada's National Research Council used special three-dimensional technology to examine both sides of the masterpiece, which was painted at some stage between 1503 and 1506 and now sits in the Louvre museum in Paris.
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