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November 18, 2000 | IRENE GARCIA
The Chandler Outdoor Gallery will unveil its first mural, titled "Media Monster," this afternoon. Artist Robert Spiewak, a North Hollywood resident and Cal State Northridge graduate, took about a month to paint the colorful 16- by 30-foot mural on the side of a building on Chandler Boulevard, between Vineland Avenue and Cahuenga Boulevard.
September 26, 2003 | David Pagel, Special to The Times
Cartoons have been around so long that there's no reason not to call some classics -- genre-defining high points whose beauty hasn't been surpassed by the new-and-improved versions they've inspired. But few contemporary artists who are interested in cartoons are also interested in classicism -- in the balance, restraint and simplicity that once governed art but have long been replaced by anxiety, excess and complexity.
December 15, 2010 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
The Italian street artist Blu, whose anti-war mural was removed from the wall of the Geffen Contemporary building last week before the public could see it, has called the destruction of his mural by the Museum of Contemporary Art a form of censorship. Others say it was spectacularly bad planning on the part of the museum, which did not receive a proposal from the artist in advance of his starting work. MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch said Monday that he ordered the whitewash of the mural because its imagery ?
April 11, 2011 | Joanna Clay
Drivers on Laguna Canyon Road may have noticed that an Orange County landmark is missing. The Laguna College of Art & Design mural that graced the side of the Laguna Canyon Winery is now a plain gray wall. The mural was painted over by the winery owner who apparently did not recognize its significance. The mural was one of six in the city that were designed and painted by art school students in 2003. It was the largest mural by the college and in Orange County, mural instructor Mia Tavonatti said.
March 22, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Longtime artist Barbara Black didn't reach for her paintbrush when she decided a mural would brighten her Valley Village home. Instead, she contacted the art department at nearby North Hollywood High School and invited students to decorate the 50-foot alley wall next to her Otsego Street residence. Black asked the young artists to bring their ideas, and, because she is on a fixed income, to bring their own paint as well. They were happy to oblige. "It's hard to find a place to work where you're not doing it illegally," said Anthony Zapada Green, 19, who hopes to become a professional graphic artist.
July 27, 1985 | LORENA OROPEZA, Times Staff Writer
The 8-by-12-foot mural shows the silhouette of a woman on the Coronado Bridge. In her outstretched arms she holds a sphere with the design of a dove. To artist Cindy Paul, the woman in "Reach for Peace" is making a personal statement about the powerful stance of woman. "She is making progress . . . the progress made in the last decade put her on the bridge," Paul said.
March 12, 1989
The construction-wall mural at UC Irvine (March 3) has drawn criticism for being racist, sexist or obscene. I would criticize it on entirely different grounds: that it really has nothing to do with what a university-level art course, particularly at the junior or senior level, should be pursuing. I would expect such art classes to have two goals. They should seek to develop the young artists' technical skills, in adroitly using their instruments to execute faithfully the concepts of their imaginations.
June 13, 1985 | ANNE VALDESPINO, Times Staff Writer
Grant High School senior Hong Hoang said he hasn't talked much about those last few terrible days in Vietnam, before his family fled Saigon in 1975. But this week, as his 15-by-24-foot mural of many cultures was presented at Grant, Hoang took a few moments for a personal dedication to a half-brother who didn't get out. "I am especially proud to live in a country where freedom is cherished," the 17-year-old Hoang told the group of about 40 students, administrators and teachers.
May 5, 1994
In a town flooded10 glossies, one head shot in Hollywood is, uh, turning a lot of heads. A 100-foot-tall vinyl canvas mural depicting a gorgeous blonde was draped last week from the roof of the 9000 Building on the Sunset Strip with the heading "No Glove, No Love." Artist Mike McNeilly says he hopes his work, which cost about $50,000 and took 30 days to produce, will spread AIDS awareness among teen-agers.
January 14, 2007 | Diane Haithman
ACCOMPANYING last Sunday's Calendar story on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was a photo of the mayor in his City Hall office, standing in front of a 9-by-13-foot mural of L.A. by an "unknown artist." The mural, Villaraigosa's staff had told us, dated to Richard Riordan's administration -- but neither Villaraigosa's staff nor Riordan's representatives could identify the artist.
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