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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.
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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....
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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...
OPINION
August 27, 2013
Re “Art of paint and persuasion,” Column One, Aug. 23 What a pleasure to see on the front page muralist Levi Ponce painting one of the remarkable Pacoima community murals. The two men flanking him on ladders, paint brushes in hand, are part of the reason that these creative, colorful murals are not damaged. The word got out that helping to paint murals was fun and that the murals were now off-limits to tagging. Kristi Sandoval's mural - utilizing rusty parts of the side of the building as part of her work - shows how creative the Pacoima painters are as well.
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August 24, 2013 | By Liesl Bradner
In 1928, William Nickerson Jr., along with Norman Houston and George Beavers, founded the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Los Angeles to provide insurance to black people unable to purchase policies from white-owned institutions. The company flourished, evolving into one of the largest black-owned insurance companies west of the Mississippi. Through the years, the company amassed an extensive assemblage of African American art, one of the biggest corporate-owned collections in the nation.
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