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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1998 | ROBERT A. JONES
In Los Angeles, the good things often slip away in the night. One morning you head for your favorite breakfast spot only to discover it's been turned into a used-clothing store. No one seems to know why. It's just got switched. When I first came to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, I remember walking past the old Sunkist building in downtown and thinking how perfect it seemed.
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April 4, 2014 | By Irene Lechowitzky
SAN DIEGO  - SeaWorld? Check. Balboa Park? Check. The zoo? Check. Most folks heading here for a vacation visit the usual tourist spots. Those are great, but there's more to the self-styled America's Finest City than a famous theme park, museums, and lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Why not add the city's outdoor art to the checklist? San Diego has a treasure-trove of dynamic, free outdoor art installations that the casual visitor might easily overlook. These pieces, by big-name artists as well as lesser-known talents, are easily reachable and, in some cases, just steps from tourist spots.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1994 | MIMI KO
A group of teen-agers and a well-known local artist are using a Lemon Park block wall as the canvas for a mural to deter graffiti vandals. The wall had long been a popular "tagging" spot in Fullerton until last month, when the group began converting it into a mural titled "Children of the World," city officials said. "This painting is the heart of Fullerton and people will respect it," 16-year-old Daniel Rodriguez said as he painted an ocean on the wall Wednesday afternoon.
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March 12, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Times art critic
Four and a half years ago, Smithsonian magazine offered what was then the latest theory on the genesis of “Mural,” the epic Jackson Pollock painting that went on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum on Tuesday following 21 months of detailed conservation work. Doubts that Pollock painted the 20-foot canvas in one sustained burst of all-night creative fervor, which was central to the artist's myth promoted by his widow, painter Lee Krasner, had been growing for some time - most cogently in the work of Pollock scholar Francis V. O'Connor.
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April 2, 2009 | Diane Haithman
Some of Kent Twitchell's murals are best known because they no longer exist. His "The Old Lady of the Freeway" greeted travelers along the Hollywood Freeway from 1974 until it was painted out by a billboard company in 1986. More recently, "Ed Ruscha Monument," a six-story portrait of artist Ruscha on the side of a government-owned building in downtown L.A., was painted over, in June 2006.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday lifted a decade-long ban on public murals, marking a decisive victory for artists who argued the law made no sense in a city with such a rich tradition of street art. The decision culminates years of debate over how Los Angeles should regulate murals, which have chronicled generations of the city's history, from the mid-20th century struggles of Latinos on the Eastside to freeway displays celebrating the...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2001
"Taggers, Caltrans Take a Toll on Freeway Murals," May 3: Caltrans seems to have a budget to put up those horrible, prefabricated vacuum-formed flowers on sound-barrier walls yet won't fund artists to restore their damaged murals. What's worse are those scary "law enforcement" frescoes that make downtown look like a police state. Gray paint would be welcome on such propaganda posing as art! Dennis Snyder Long Beach
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 1991
"Home of the Artists"--this is the slogan at the entrance to Laguna Beach High School's football field. I find it a delightful change to have a high school athletic team recognizing art instead of some ferocious animal or warlike people. However, what priority does art really have in the Laguna Beach Unified School District? It was good news to hear last week that the Laguna Beach Board of Education voted to save from destruction "Shadows of the Past," the life-size murals of Laguna Beach students from the mid-1980s by the late Megan Hart Jones (" 'Shadows' Shaking Up the Present" by Cathy Curtis, Calendar May 27)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Three months after the Los Angeles City Council lifted a ban on murals, it agreed to further relax the law by permitting large public artworks on single-family homes--but only in limited areas. On a 14-1 vote Tuesday, the council tentatively approved a pilot program that would permit murals on single-family residences in council districts that take in Eagle Rock, Cypress Park, Boyle Heights, downtown and the eastern end of South Los Angeles. Murals would still be prohibited on residences in other parts of the city.  A final vote on the program is set for next week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2013 | By Bob Pool
Artist Seth Wilder frowned when he saw the headline on a stack of newspapers in the Lincoln Boulevard cafe. "Does this look like a sign?" read the front-page banner in The Argonaut, a South Bay community paper. Beneath it was a photograph of a 102-foot-long mural that moodily pays homage to a 1958 movie filmed on Windward Avenue in Venice. It accompanied a story about how Los Angeles officials were grappling with a new city mural ordinance. Wilder pointed out the front window of the Novel Cafe toward the mural he is painting on the side of a nearby business, the Printing Palace.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Christopher Knight
Myths die hard. Especially creation myths. Messing with the symbolic origins of a world isn't something to be undertaken lightly. Jackson Pollock's mammoth 1943 painting "Mural" - nearly 8 feet high, 20 feet wide and covered edge-to-edge with rhythmic, Matisse-like linear arabesques, muscular abstract shapes and piercing voids, all of which he likened to a frenzied mustang stampede - was something entirely new for American art. The great painting represents...
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February 21, 2014 | By Diane Haithman
BODVALENKE, Hungary - I'm not sure what I expected to bring back from an eight-day luxury tour of Budapest, Hungary, and environs. Memories, photos of Art Nouveau architecture, a few extra pastry-induced pounds and a lifetime supply of sweet paprika, maybe. I never thought I'd find myself, just a month later, Skyping at 7 a.m. about a storm that had recently hit the village of Bodvalenke, about 150 miles northeast of Budapest, not far from the Slovakian border. Hailstones the size of walnuts had caused flooding and decimated the natural vegetation and local crops, one of the village's few sources of income.
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February 19, 2014 | By David Ng
A mural depicting two lip-locked British bobbies created by the street artist Banksy sold at an auction in Miami on Tuesday for $575,000, which was at the low end of estimates. Two other Banksy works -- which the artist created during his monthlong "residency" in New York last year -- failed to meet sale expectations. The Banksy works were being sold as part of a street-art auction by Fine Art Auctions Miami. The Tuesday sale featured works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bambi, Keith Haring and others.
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February 11, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Street artists Shepard Fairey and RISK are at it again. For Art Basel Miami last year, the two painted a mural together, known as the “Peace & Justice Collaboration.” On Monday, they teamed up again for another Peace & Justice wall, this time on downtown L.A.'s skid row. The project is a two-mural set on the side of the Rossmore Hotel at East 6 th  Street and Ceres Avenue. It's a joint effort between LA Freewalls' Daniel Lahoda and the nonprofit Skid Row Housing Trust, which plan to put up as many as 30 murals in the area by a variety of artists.
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February 3, 2014 | By David Ng
Following an extensive cleaning process that included the removal of a coat of varnish, the Getty Museum will put Jackson Pollock's monumental work "Mural" on display for the public starting in March. "Mural," which is dated from 1943, is scheduled to be on public view at the Getty Center in Brentwood from March 11 to June 1. The large-scale painting is part of the collection at the University of Iowa Museum of Art but has been in L.A. for the past couple of years so Getty experts could work on studying and cleaning the abstract painting.
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December 6, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Banksy has proved bankable in Beverly Hills. The mysterious British street artist's "Flower Girl" mural, which he stenciled onto the wall of a Los Angeles gas station in 2008, was sold for $209,000 Thursday evening at Julien's Auctions, where it was the highlight of a sale of nearly 100 works by 33 street artists. The gavel price was $170,000 for the 9-by-8-foot, nearly 4-ton rectangular slab of white brick with black spray paint. The mural, which came with a customary additional "buyer's premium" to yield the final total, shows a little girl holding a flower basket under the eye of a surveillance camera planted atop a tall, leafy stalk.  PHOTOS: Art by Banksy With about 150 people gathered in the auction room, bids rolled in by phone and online.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2012 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
A blue-eyed boy sat on a skateboard, a helmet on his head, and stared pensively down a busy street. A pair of white wings extended from his shoulders. Above him were the words, "Angels come in various sizes. " Created out of spray paint, he materialized on the side of a Culver City building less than two years ago. To street art fans, the massive mural was the work of a German duo called Herakut. Most passersby just saw it as a nice way to spruce up a former car dealership that had long stood empty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Three months after the Los Angeles City Council lifted a ban on murals, it agreed to further relax the law by permitting large public artworks on single-family homes--but only in limited areas. On a 14-1 vote Tuesday, the council tentatively approved a pilot program that would permit murals on single-family residences in council districts that take in Eagle Rock, Cypress Park, Boyle Heights, downtown and the eastern end of South Los Angeles. Murals would still be prohibited on residences in other parts of the city.  A final vote on the program is set for next week.
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
When art critic Ken Johnson recently described Sol LeWitt's line drawings as something "anyone who has the instructions and access to wall space could reproduce," he could have been describing a recent LeWitt project in a Hollywood Hills kitchen.   Jack Latner's kitchen, part of our feature on the house last week, had a dynamic black and white LeWitt design that demonstrates how far a ruler, painter's tape and black paint can go toward...
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