September 9, 2013 |
A newly identified landscape painting believed to have been created by Vincent Van Gogh in 1888, just two years before his death, was unveiled Monday by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. "Sunset at Montmajour" depicts a wooded area near Arles in the south of France. The museum said that the work dates from around the same period that Van Gogh created his famous "Sunflowers" painting. The museum said it has spent two years authenticating the piece, using historic records, X-ray analysis and other techniques. ART: Can you guess the high price?
September 5, 2013 |
The Minnesota Orchestra, which has been stuck in limbo due to an intractable labor dispute, has released the results of an independent financial review that showed the orchestra has faced a budget deficit totaling more than $22 million in the past three fiscal years. Results of the study also showed that the orchestra will continue to face serious financial challenges going forward and is in risk of spending down its endowment if it fails to...
September 4, 2013 |
When Charles A. Loeser died in 1928, he was 64, nearly a decade older than the average American was expected to live. He had led a comfortable life of privilege, spent abroad in Italy. Loeser was prepared for the inevitable. Two years earlier, he wrote a detailed will. In it he lavished special care on the dispersal of his art collection, assembled over four decades. He died secure in the knowledge that his legacy was protected. But Loeser turned out to be wrong. His legacy was not secure.
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September 2, 2013 |
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 |
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 31, 2013 |
Just a week before astronaut John Glenn's maiden voyage orbiting the Earth in 1962, a record 46 million people sat down before their black-and-white sets to watch Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy conduct the first televised White House tour. The mansion's $1.5-million renovation was her debut project as first lady, restoring "an emblem of the American republic," as Kennedy breathily described the stately residence. Midway through the program, the camera scanned the elegant Green Room.
August 23, 2013 |
As if California and its municipalities were not already making life difficult for businesses and taxpayers, the Golden State's courts could pile on too. On July 15, a trial began in San Jose, in which seven California counties (Santa Clara, Alameda, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Mateo, Solano and Ventura) and three cities (Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco) are suing five companies that once manufactured paint containing lead. The lawsuit alleges that these companies' sale of lead-based paint created a "public nuisance" and that such companies should pay the municipalities a total of $1.4 billion for the cost of "abating" the problem - in essence, to support government-led efforts to find and replace all lead paint from older buildings.
August 19, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Flyers invited fans to help them set a Guinness record on Monday for the most people watching paint dry at one time. As one might guess, fans weren't beating down the doors to the Wells Fargo Center. And, interesting to note: There is no such Guinness world-record paint-drying category. Jamie Panas, public relations manager, told the Los Angeles Times by email Friday that Guinness World Records "currently does not monitor" such a category. And yet the Flyers were jazzed.
August 19, 2013 |
Brushed, sprayed, faded, poured, taped, impasto, splashed - the paint on Joshua Podoll's canvases amounts to a virtual lexicon of motifs in contemporary abstraction since World War II. Podoll piles them all up, one atop the other, making compositions that are part refuse-heap of exhausted strategies and part newly invigorated construction, scavenged from what is laying around and available for use. At Christopher Grimes Gallery, eight recent paintings...
August 16, 2013 |
At first glance, Jojo Moyes' third novel, "The Girl You Left Behind," bears a striking resemblance to a popular book for kids: "The Daring Book for Girls" by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz. Their covers are doppelgangers, with retro fonts and metallic splashes, and what's inside of each has a similar effect of mobilizing the reader to take charge of her own life. "The Daring Book for Girls" is a call to arms for the independent women of the future, offering instruction on everything from changing a tire to negotiating a salary.