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January 26, 1986 | BEVIS HILLIER
Few furniture makers can make you a wooden bed or table that looks as though it was carved in Renaissance Spain. Tomas Braverman can. Even museum curators might need to blink twice before realizing that his work is 20th Century. The swashbuckling furls, curlicues and pinnacles of his carving have a strong appeal to show-business folk. Braverman designed and carved the late Rock Hudson's bed. "He had a very generous attitude to an artist's creativity," Braverman says. "He gave me a lot of leeway.
May 26, 1985 | JODY JACOBS
Those dazzling newlyweds, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Greek shipping heir Basil Embiricos, made their first public appearance as a married couple at the national benefit for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Assn. at New York's Pierre Hotel, where the ballroom was abloom in pink roses. The evening was a tribute to the princess' mother, movie goddess Rita Hayworth, who suffers from Alzheimer's, and included on the program was a montage of Miss Hayworth's most memorable film moments.
June 21, 1985 | DEREK RASER
W ho is this guy? In 52 fights spanning the last 13 years, no opponent's hand has ever been raised above him in victory. Forty-eight of his foes had to be scraped up off the canvas. Larry Holmes? Marvelous Marvin Hagler? Neither. It's David Michael Rivisto, the World Kick Boxing Assn. heavyweight champion, born among the martial arts of Japan and apprentice to one of the world's greatest heavyweight boxers.
January 9, 1986 | JEFF MEYERS, Times Staff Writer
For 15 years, until he returned to the United States in 1984, Steven Seagal lived in Japan, spoke the language, studied the martial arts and became a master of aikido. Not only did he have a rare inside look at the Japanese martial arts establishment, but he penetrated it as few outsiders had ever done. He was a disciple of aikido's head master, he said, and also became a Shinto priest and the first Westerner to own and operate his own dojo (school) in Japan.
How do you write a history of the world's art when national borders are crumbling, fledgling experts are challenging conventional wisdom, long-ignored women's and ethnic groups are demanding a place in the picture and almost no one can define art to anyone else's satisfaction? The answer: not easily. "It almost killed us," said Ian Jacobs, publisher of the new Dictionary of Art, a 34-volume tome promoted as the most comprehensive art historical reference ever.
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