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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 | By Kelly Parker
Michael Ng took this photo May 11 in the Modern Art wing of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with a Nikon D200. One of his friends was really interested in the giant pool balls, so Ng photographed him as he posed like he was shooting pool. Ng later used PhotoShop to enhance the reflection of the balls on the floor. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2013 | By David Ng
President Obama is to present the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients during a White House ceremony scheduled for Wednesday. Among the winners for 2012 are artist Ellsworth Kelly, soprano Renee Fleming, playwright Tony Kushner and Los Angeles musician and arts philanthropist Herb Alpert. In addition, Obama is expected to award the National Humanities Medal to 12 others, including theater artist Anna Deavere Smith and photographer Camilo Jose Vergara. Wednesday's ceremony is to take place in the East Room of the White House, with the president accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Kelly was the subject of an exhibition that ran at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By David Ng
Hong Kong's M+, the long-awaited art museum to be built in the city's West Kowloon Cultural District, officially has an architecture team. The Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has been selected to design the museum, along with the London-Hong Kong firm TFP Farrells. M+ is scheduled to be completed in 2017 and will be a key part of the city's new cultural district, a waterfront development that will serve as home to visual and performing arts organizations. Planners hope the $642-million museum will become one of the world's top modern and contemporary art destinations on the level of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  Herzog & de Meuron said it was selected based on a recommendation from an international jury.
NEWS
June 20, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Contemporary art is going on tour, coming to a city near you. Proving that fashion and art remain the coziest of bedfellows, the Levi's  brand is partnering with multimedia artist Doug Aitken on “Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening,” a new public art project kicking off in New York City on Sept. 6 that will raise funds through ticket sales and donations to support museums around the country. Aitken is designing a train (and cool-looking kinetic sculpture, see rendering above)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By David Ng
Francesco Vezzoli, the uber-hip Italian artist whose conceptual creations tend to have a high celebrity quotient, will present a new exhibition that's set to stop at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles later this year. "Cinema Vezzoli" is scheduled to arrive at MOCA in late fall, according to the artist's representatives. [ Updated ]: However, a spokeswoman for MOCA said the exhibition would open at the museum in 2014. No specific dates have been announced for the show.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By David Ng
At $25, general admission to the Museum of Modern Art in New York is among the highest in the nation. This month, the museum is promoting a word that its visitors don't hear very often: free. MoMA is kicking off a series of free-admission offers designed to draw attention to the fact that the museum is now open seven days a week. The museum is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Fridays, when it closes at 8 p.m. MoMA announced Wednesday on Twitter that for the remainder of May, the museum is offering free admission to the first 100 visitors on Tuesdays.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
Marcel Duchamp's dialogues are arguably as important to modern art as Socrates' dialogues were to ancient philosophy, fundamental documents of their field that raised questions for generations to come. For years Duchamp's conversations were accessible to English readers through the translation of a slim volume by Pierre Cabanne in which the artist spoke out against “retinal” art, objects designed to please the eye, and set the stage for conceptual art. Now there's another way to hear Duchamp, who died in 1968.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Tate Britain announced its four finalists Thursday for the 2013 Turner Prize. Among them is Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the first black woman to be named a finalist for the Tate's modern art prize. The prestigious - and often controversial - annual award is given to UK-born or -based artists who are under 50 for an "outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the 12 months preceding. " A prize of £25,000 (about $38,600) goes to the winner. The remaining three finalists receive £5,000 (about $7,700)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
For William Wilson, the former Los Angeles Times art critic who died Saturday at the age of 78, art was a childhood refuge, a teenage survival mechanism, and, finally, a career that saw him chronicle the city's rise in art-world stature from his first byline in 1965 to his retirement in 1998. "He grew up under really rotten circumstances, and was just a self-made person," said Diane Leslie, a novelist who was a close friend. Another longtime friend, artist Don Lagerberg, said Wilson died in his sleep at a Los Angeles care facility from Alzheimer's disease, which had been diagnosed about four years ago. Wilson, born July 5, 1934,  never knew his father and often talked of hard times growing up in Los Angeles with a single mother who was given to radical mood swings and who fell to her death in an apparent suicide when he was 18. Among his boyhood memories, Leslie said, was eating a great deal of canned tuna - and noticing that sometimes the can had a picture of cats on it. He often spoke of how his mother took him to the library, where he would pore over picture books.
NEWS
April 22, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
Olive & Thyme: The Toluca Lake cafe will be offering a wine and cheese tasting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.  Attendees will sample more than a dozen cheeses with cheesemonger Tyler Schwarz and learn about cheesemaking from aging and texture to methods of making and region of origin. The wine and cheese tasting is $45 per person. Call or email gayle@oliveandthyme.com for reservations. 4013 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, (818) 557-1560, www.oliveandthyme.com . Modern Art Desserts: On Saturday, the Craft in America Study Center will present the third installment of “Food as Medium for Craft,” with a talk and book signing by Blue Bottle pastry chef Caitlin Freeman.
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