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February 22, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Anthony Navarro worked with solemn purpose and a box of tools, stripping the old discarded bicycle of its gear shifts, brakes and chain. He cut his finger, wiped a drop of blood on his pants and kept going. "It helps me with my anger when I'm doing it," said Navarro. "It brings me some kind of inner peace. " On Thanksgiving Day 2011, Navarro's 6-year-old son, Anthony, was riding his bicycle in front of the family's Oxnard home when he was struck by a pickup truck. "The moment I saw him, I knew he was gone," said Navarro, who reeled under the weight of sudden, unbearable loss.
February 16, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Heavy metals and beauty as armor were big themes at the fall 2014 collections shown during New York Fashion Week. We don't just mean the metaphorical power of a strong red lip, but literally using pigments like war paint and metallic shimmer like chain mail. The concept was most apparent at Alexander Wang , whose whole collection had a survivalist vibe. The message certainly carried through to the models' hair and makeup, with faces contoured and highlighted to create amplified light and shadow and hair shellacked to the side to look almost like a helmet.
February 14, 2014 | By David Ng
A painting by Francis Bacon sold at a Christie's auction in London on Thursday for £42.4 million (about $70 million), exceeding the estimated selling price and representing a record price at auction for a single panel by the artist. A Bacon triptych sold for $142.4 million in November. "A Portrait of George Dyer Talking," which depicts the artist's former lover who committed suicide in 1971, had been expected to sell for $49 million. The painting, which was completed in 1966, was sold as part of an auction of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's in London.
February 14, 2014 | By J.C. Gabel
Although he would hardly cause a blip on cultural radar screens today, Carl Van Vechten was, at various stages of his long and storied life, a journalist, provocateur, novelist, nightlife denizen, music and theater critic, confidant to Gertrude Stein, patron of the Harlem Renaissance, literary dandy, urban impresario, portrait photographer, archivist of Modernism and all-together man about town. A person of seemingly endless contradictions, Van Vechten was known for his many affairs with men - yet married to Fania Marinoff, a Russian actress and dancer, for almost 50 years.
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.
February 11, 2014 | Tony Perry
His aging truck was wheezing and the hot-air balloon in the trailer was ragged and non-functional. So Leonard Knight, self-described "little hobo bird," pulled into a barren patch of desert in the Imperial Valley and decided that he had found the right spot to bring his message to the world: "God is Love. " He planned to spend a week or two. But then he was gripped by the spirit. For the next three decades the lean and sturdy New Englander joyously painted a tall mound of adobe he called Salvation Mountain.
February 7, 2014 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON - Britain's National Gallery on Friday unveiled its first major American painting, a work by George Bellows. Founded nearly 200 years ago, the gallery's lofty halls are hung with some of the best known treasures of western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries, spanning the early Italian Renaissance to the French Impressionists. The museum purchased  Bellows' “Men of the Docks,” painted in 1912, for $25.5 million from Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va.  It takes its place among iconic works by Giotto, Bellini,  Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Gogh.
February 7, 2014 | By David Ng
In what is being called its first acquisition of a major American painting, the National Gallery in London confirmed this week that is has purchased George Bellows' 1912 painting "Men of the Docks" for $25.5 million. The painting has resided for many years at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College in Virginia. The sale was part of a controversial decision by college leaders to deaccession certain works of art in order to shore up its finances. Museum leaders around the country had condemned the college's decision to deaccession art for the purposes of funding other operations.
February 5, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Tony Barboza
Plans for the first extensive pollution cleanup in Marina del Rey history have sparked a revolt by boat owners at the tony harbor that could echo along the length of the California coast. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board on Thursday will consider rules that would force boaters to strip copper paint from the bottoms of their boats and replace it with a less toxic alternative. To clean copper already in the water, the plan also calls for the county to spend at least $147 million dredging the nearly 50-year-old marina, the nation's largest manmade recreational boating harbor.
January 30, 2014 | By David Ng
The subject of the documentary "Tim's Vermeer" isn't Johannes Vermeer, the 17th century Dutch artist renowned for his luminescent paintings. The true protagonist of the movie is Tim -- Tim Jenison, that is -- an unassuming computer engineer from Texas who embarks on a journey to upend the way we think about Vermeer and his masterpieces. Jenison believes the Dutch artist used a clever contraption of mirrors to aid in the creation of his paintings. Jenison's attempt to replicate Vermeer's "The Music Lesson" using such a device forms the backbone of the documentary, which opened in December for an awards-qualifying run and is back in cinemas starting Friday.
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