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ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2009 | Mike Boehm
The Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach has quietly sold 18 of its 20 California Impressionist paintings to an undisclosed private collector, sparking criticism from two local museum directors who say the secrecy violated the public interest by preventing them from bidding to keep the works in collections open to the public. The Times learned of the sale after a reader's tip on its Culture Monster arts blog. Reached Friday in Zurich, Switzerland, OCMA director Dennis Szakacs said the paintings from the early 1900s fetched a total of $963,000 in late March from a Laguna Beach collector whose identity the museum promised not to disclose.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2009 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, ART CRITIC
Jose Clemente Orozco was one of 20th century Mexico's great socially minded muralists. A stark 1929 easel painting made at the dawn of the Great Depression helps to show how. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art bought the modestly sized tempera and oil painting last year -- its first painting by the artist -- and today it hangs on the fourth floor of the Art of the Americas building.
WORLD
February 26, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Two rare bronze sculptures that disappeared from China in 1860 sold for $18 million each as an auction of art owned by the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Berge, concluded with total sales of more than $484 million. The telephone bidder or bidders who bought the disputed bronze fountainheads -- heads of a rat and a rabbit that disappeared from China's summer Imperial Palace -- were not identified. China had hoped to stop their auction, but on Monday a French judge refused the request.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2008 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, ART CRITIC
The National Academy Museum in New York has been under fire recently for selling off art from its collection to pay debts. It turns out the museum has deaccessioned paintings before -- the first time in the 1970s with a work that, after a long and circuitous route, became the gain of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. LACMA last year acquired Thomas Eakins' terrific 1899 painting "Wrestlers" as a gift from the Cecile and Fred Bartman Foundation....
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