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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.
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.
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...
September 21, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Aside from Mayan temples and Emiliano Zapata's mustachioed visage, perhaps nothing is more emblematic of Mexico's mysterious grandeur than the films of Gabriel Figueroa. In a career that consisted of more than 200 movies in multiple genres, made in Mexico and Hollywood with some of the leading directors and actors of his time, Figueroa crafted a lasting national iconography. The cinematographer's monumental shots of burnished landscapes and close-ups of campesinos ' weathered, earnest faces are as instantly recognizable to his countrymen as the great murals of Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco.
September 17, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
When does a Jackson Pollock painting look more like a Jackson Pollock painting? Simple: When it's clean. That's the not-altogether surprising thought that came to mind when I dropped by the J. Paul Getty Museum's conservation lab the other day to check out progress on Pollock's monumental 1943 “Mural.” Star of the collection at the University of Iowa Museum of Art , the epic painting had arrived in Los Angeles a year ago for extensive treatment....
September 2, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Frank Martinez laid his shaking hands on the surface of the blank canvas. As before every painting, he said a prayer. Then the artist began his work. He applied acrylic paint and, with a rag, wiped it away. Shapes began to form and colors blended into one another. He used a piece of wood to draw straight lines, a task complicated by Parkinson's disease. Slowly, the mural took form, a layered portrait of early 18th century life, mission-building and Catholic faith in California.
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.
August 29, 2013 | By David Ng
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to lift a decadeold ban on outdoor murals. The Times' L.A. Now blog  reported that the council voted 13-2 in favor of removing the ban, though it must still vote to approve new rules regulating the creation of murals. If approved, the new rules would allow artists to create outdoor murals in business and industrial zones. Artists would have to register projects with the city and pay a $60 application fee. In an attempt to control outdoor advertising, the rules would prohibit commercial messages and works must remain for at least two years.
August 29, 2013
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. Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times reporter Catherine Saillant about the change and how residents and business owners are responding. 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 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
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