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December 27, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Kim Kardashian's fiance, Kanye West, just synthesized high fashion with fine art, giving his girl a hand-painted Birkin handbag for Christmas.  Well, what else do you get the girl who appears to have everything and then some?  But the lofty Hermes satchel itself isn't the only rarity, the "Yeezus" rapper commissioned artist George Condo to paint the one-of-a-kind handbag with a surrealist portrait of nude subjects -- at least four of them -- depicted with his signature monstrous faces.  PHOTOS: Our favorite celebrity couples of 2013 Art is fashion and fashion is art after all. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" starlet, 33,  shared a photo of the decadent bag on Instagram on Thursday, captioning it with information-laden hashtags: "#HandPaintedGeorgeCondo #HermesBirkin #OneofOne #ChristmasPresentFromYeezy" West, 36, has collaborated with the American contemporary artist in the past, commissioning him to paint five different album covers for West's 2010 album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
The further you delve into the Lora Schlesinger Gallery, the better Mark Stock's show gets. What greets you up front might discourage deeper exploration. The centerpieces of "Hollywood: Uncovered" are bland encaustic paintings of individual letters of the famous hillside sign with photographs of vintage celebrities and news items embedded in the waxy mix. The landscape backgrounds are mostly generic afterthoughts and the works feel just a notch above kitschy souvenirs. Further back in the gallery are a few large, competently painted narrative tableaux.
NATIONAL
December 21, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
How much is a painting created by George Zimmerman worth? For one EBay bidder, $100,099.99 was just the right price. The user's prize: A signed 18-inch-by-24-inch oil painting of a blue American flag featuring a part of the Pledge of Allegiance, which had a starting bid of $0.99. The identity of the buyer is unknown, but according to the listing, the winning auction bid was one of 96 by 24 users when bidding closed at 9:55 a.m. Saturday.   Using the EBay account “therealgeorgez,” Zimmerman, 30, put his artwork up for auction early this week.  "Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself," the listing reads.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
This was the year that George W. Bush, five years after his calamitous presidency, came in from the wilderness and went on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" to say, "I think I'm a painter. " He presented his host with a grinning portrait, and the audience clapped. The statement was not uttered with the surety of "I'm the decider, and I decide what's best," the much-mocked 2006 message delivered to reporters as a vote of confidence for Donald Rumsfeld, embattled secretary of Defense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
A Northern California judge Monday found three paint companies liable for exposing children to a known poison and ordered them to pay $1.1 billion into a fund to remove lead from inside California homes. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg ruled that ConAgra Grocery Products Co., NL Industries Inc. and the Sherwin-Williams Co. created a "public nuisance" by selling lead-based paint for decades before it was banned in 1978. The ruling said that lead paint, because of its lasting ill effects, poses a "clear and present danger that needs to be addressed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Corina Knoll
In a tearful plea in front of cameras, Jaclyn Smith said Monday an Andy Warhol painting of Farrah Fawcett rightfully belonged to Ryan O'Neal. “I think the most important thing would be imagining what Farrah would want,” Smith said outside a Los Angeles courthouse. “I really feel Farrah would want that portrait with Ryan.” The actress, who said she and Fawcett were friends long before they worked together on “Charlie's Angels,” showed up to hear the closing statements of a civil trial in which the University of Austin at Texas is attempting to claim the portrait for its Blanton Museum of Art. "The love of her life was Ryan,” Smith said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
A Northern California judge Monday ordered three companies to pay $1.1 billion to remove lead-based paint from inside California homes, concluding a 13-year legal case. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg ruled that ConAgra, NL Industries and Sherwin-Williams created a “public nuisance” by selling lead-based paint for decades before it was banned in 1978, finding them liable for exposing children to a known poison. The opinion set aside $605 million, or 55% of the judgment, to pay for lead removal in Los Angeles County.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Scott Schaefer, who has played a key role in building the collections of Los Angeles' two biggest art museums over the last 33 years, will retire next month from his job as the Getty Museum's senior curator of paintings. Since joining the Getty in 1999, Schaefer has overseen the acquisition of 70 paintings and pastels and five sculptures, including “Rembrandt Laughing,” a recently purchased self-portrait of the artist as a young man; Edouard Manet's “Portrait of Madame Brunet,” J.M.W.
SPORTS
December 10, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Mike D'Antoni has seen enough of big men setting career highs against the Lakers. Pau Gasol , does he have your attention? "In the paint, we're awful and we've got to get tougher," the Lakers' coach said before Tuesday's game against Phoenix. "If we want to be a good team and if we want to get better, then that's definitely a point of emphasis. " Toronto power forward Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points against the Lakers on Sunday. Earlier this season, Anthony Davis blistered them for 32 points in New Orleans, Washington's Nene nailed them for 30 and low-scoring Denver center Timofey Mozgov matched his personal best with 23 points.
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