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January 6, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The City Recreation and Parks Department has offered to help secure funding to replace two Echo Park murals that were whitewashed by the department shortly before Christmas. * The murals, including a graffiti work by William (A-One) Gomez and an uncompleted work by student artist Michael Blasi, were covered over by the department Dec. 22 after residents and City Council staff members reportedly complained about the works.
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January 6, 1993 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The City Recreation and Parks Department has offered to help secure funding to replace two Echo Park murals that were whitewashed by the department shortly before Christmas. * The murals, including a graffiti work by William (A-One) Gomez and an uncompleted work by student artist Michael Blasi, were covered over by the department Dec. 22 after residents and City Council staff members reportedly complained about the works.
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June 28, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When 15 Los Angeles artists traveled to the Czechoslovakian capital of Prague for an exhibition of their works there last summer, they worried that the government would shut down the show. State police were stationed by the door throughout the monthlong run, and their Czechoslovakian curator faced police interrogation because of suspicions that the Americans would spout anti-Czech propaganda.
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June 28, 1990 | SHAUNA SNOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When 15 Los Angeles artists traveled to the Czechoslovakian capital of Prague for an exhibition of their works there last summer, they worried that the government would shut down the show. State police were stationed by the door throughout the monthlong run, and their Czechoslovakian curator faced police interrogation because of suspicions that the Americans would spout anti-Czech propaganda.
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March 12, 1992
The Social and Public Art Resource Center has announced the winners of its muralist competition for 1991-1992. Each will create a large-scale public artwork in Los Angeles. Chosen from more than 100 applicants, the eight winners are: Jill Ansell, Barbara Benish, Eva Cockcroft, Earth Crew, East Los Streetscapers, Bernard Heloua, Noni Olabisi, Xiao Hui-Xiang and George Yepes. The artists work with neighborhood youths hired by the center from the communities where the murals are painted.
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December 18, 1992
Graffiti artist William Gomez, known as "A-One," will have a one-day exhibition of his paintings on canvas and his art-covered walls Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The exhibition will be held at the artist's "yard," in Silver Lake, where Occidental Avenue ends at the Hollywood Freeway. Gomez recently collaborated with artist Barbara Benish on an Echo Park mural, and he has been creating graffiti art in Los Angeles and New York for 10 years.
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February 21, 1993 | ROBIN GREENE
Kit Kollenberg was expecting to take an admiring maternal look at her son's mural as she drove past Echo Park on her way to work one day last December. Instead, she was stunned to find three men whitewashing his efforts to portray his Asian neighbors scavenging for lotus roots when the Echo Park lake was drained. "It was devastating," Kollenberg, a child-care counselor at UCLA, said of seeing her son's artwork covered by beige paint. The bureaucracy moved to correct the mistake at a Feb.
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December 24, 1992 | SHAUNA SNOW
Two Echo Park murals created as part of an L.A. Endowment for the Arts grants project have been covered over by the Recreation and Parks Department. A complaint reportedly had come in about "The Tree of the Middle Place (El arbol del medio)," a graffiti art mural by artist William (A-One) Gomez. It has been whited out along with an adjacent and uncompleted work depicting a hand holding a lotus root, being done by student artist Michael Blasi.
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December 14, 1989 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC
Los Angeles will get its first in-depth look at contemporary Czechoslovakian art this summer at Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. Dialogue/Prague/Los Angeles, an exhibition of works by 12 Czech artists, will be at the Otis/Parsons gallery from June 29 to Aug. 18. An auxiliary show pairing Czech and American art is expected to take place concurrently in another local exhibition space. The Los Angeles event is the second half of an exchange that debuted last August in Prague.
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February 11, 1993 | ROBIN GREENE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Kit Kollenberg was expecting to take an admiring maternal look at her son's mural as she drove past Echo Park on her way to work one day last December. Instead, she was stunned to find three men with huge paint brushes whitewashing his efforts to portray his Asian neighbors scavenging for lotus roots when the Echo Park lake was drained. "It was devastating," Kollenberg, a child-care counselor at UCLA, said of seeing her son's artwork covered by institutional beige paint.
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December 6, 1985 | MARY ROURKE, Times Staff Writer
What exactly is alternative wedding wear? "Something that breaks all the rules," by artist Carol Booton's definition. As organizer of a recent "alternative wedding" fashion show at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, it was Booton's place to define her terms. Her idea for some other bride's dress is a fuchsia-colored bustier and red petticoat with red, ruffled undies showing through it.
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March 17, 1989 | CATHY CURTIS
Several of Barbara Benish's recent mixed-media paintings in her "Bohemian Elegy" series are grandiose machines garnished with a somewhat startling array of three-dimensional objects and laced with learned borrowings from art history. You have to admire the guts involved in this enterprise, even when the mise-en-scene remains elusive.
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