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March 17, 2014 | By David Ng
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego has chosen the firm of architect Annabelle Selldorf to head a multimillion-dollar expansion that is expected to triple the size of the museum's location in La Jolla.  Selldorf, based in New York, has worked for art-related clients including the Neue Galerie and the Acquavella Galleries on the Upper East Side. The San Diego museum will be the firm's first contemporary art museum project and its first project on the West Coast. A representative of the firm said it plans to have an initial concept design by early fall, with a more detailed schedule to be established at that time.
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March 14, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
To say that DJ Steve Aoki has an expressive fan base would be an understatement. The Dim Mak Records founder holds the Guinness World Record for the longest scream by a crowd: At 80 decibels, it rang for 2 minutes and 20 seconds in L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium last November. That fan base, as it turns out, is artistic too. Aoki appeared Tuesday night at the L.A. event space Scion Av Installation for the opening of an exhibition showcasing “Mementos: Ten Years of Fan-Made Artwork.” As Aoki winds his way around the world playing electronic house music concerts, he said, his fans present him with hand-drawn and painted appreciations.
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March 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
When the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats prayed for some kind of connection to permanence and immortality, his thoughts turned to Byzantine art as the most perfect emblem of the profound, eternal state of creative grace he was after. He wrote, in "Sailing to Byzantium," of a yearning to encounter and be transformed by the gold-infused religious images of "sages standing in God's holy fire" that define the Byzantine style. Now Byzantium is sailing to Los Angeles. "Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections," the biggest Byzantine art blockbuster to reach the West Coast, begins a 41/2-month run at the Getty Villa on April 9, along with a smaller related show of illuminated manuscripts at the Getty Center in Brentwood that runs for three months starting March 25. CHEATSHEET: Spring 2014 arts preview Whether the 178 works to be on display at the Villa will induce Yeatsian mystical transports is uncertain, but they promise to be an eyeful.
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March 14, 2014 | By Laura Bleiberg
It's a full spring dance season, with national and international companies heading into town, a trend that continues well into summer. For the next three months, "diversity" is one watchword, with flamenco, contemporary ballet, modern dance and neo-classical masterpieces being presented around the region. Companies that qualify as American treasures will be well represented too, with Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo performing. New York's Tere O'Connor will be bringing two new pieces to the Skirball Cultural Center in April, while a newer Big Apple group, the much-talked-about Jessica Lang Dance, makes its first appearance here in late May. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Ballet presents its eighth repertory season and premieres two commissioned works, including one from Christopher Stowell, a former principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet.
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March 13, 2014 | By David Ng
The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College in Virginia has received a rare sanction from a national organization of museum directors for the recent decision to sell a valuable George Bellows painting in order to fund college operations. Leaders at the Assn. of Art Museum Directors said in a release on Wednesday that the sale of Bellows' 1912 "Men of the Docks" constituted a "violation of one of the most fundamental professional principles of the art museum field. " The sale "not only erodes the credibility and good standing of the Maier Museum, but also affects all art museums and the trust that the public has placed in them," the group said.
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