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December 10, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Mike D'Antoni has seen enough of big men setting career-highs against the Lakers. "In the paint, we're awful and we've got to get tougher. We've got to get a little more stronger there," the Lakers coach said Tuesday. "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 Sunday against the Lakers. Other career-highs against them: Anthony Davis blistered them for 32 points in New Orleans, Washington's Nene Hilario nailed them for 30 and low-scoring Denver center Timofey Mozgov matched his personal best with 23 points.
December 6, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
The inventively shot and constructed documentary "For No Good Reason" is an absorbing look at the unique, surreal work of British cartoonist Ralph Steadman. Yet, the film, directed by 'Charlie Paul and narrated by - and also co-starring - Steadman's friend and admirer Johnny Depp, proves more successful at examining a lifetime's worth of an artist's output than at revealing much about the artist himself. Fortunately, Steadman's blotchy ink drawings are captivating; bold, weird, satirical and highly identifiable, often from their appearances in special editions of such classics as "Alice in Wonderland" and "Animal Farm," in Rolling Stone magazine and alongside the work of famed gonzo journalist and novelist Hunter S. Thompson.
December 5, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times art critic
Five large paintings by Matt Lifson all show virtually the same enigmatic subject -- what appears to be a makeshift tent in the woods at night. But slight differences in tonality, lighting and paint-handling among the five generate unexpected responses. Serial imagery, given its origins in Claude Monet's repeated studies of grain stacks and an imposing cathedral facade under different conditions of light and weather, tends to have a rather sunnier disposition than what turns up in Lifson's solo debut at Angles Gallery.
December 4, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Norman Rockwell's 1951 painting “Saying Grace” broke auction records Wednesday when it sold at Sotheby's in New York City for $46 million. That is the highest price an American painting has ever garnered at auction, Sotheby's said. George Bellows' “Polo Crowd” set the previous record for an American painting in 1999, when it sold for $27.7 million. That sale also took place at Sotheby's. The Rockwell painting depicts a grandson and his grandmother praying at their table in a bustling restaurant.
December 3, 2013 | By David Ng
[This post has been corrected.] The Huntington in San Marino is receiving a loan of a rarely seen 15th century painting depicting Christ that was created by Flemish Renaissance artist Hans Memling. The painting, which was recently acquired by Lynda and Stewart Resnick, is scheduled to go on display Dec. 13, said the Huntington. "Christ Blessing," which dates from circa 1480 to 1485, will be displayed as part of two Memling portraits of Christ in the current exhibition "Face to Face: Flanders, Florence and Renaissance Painting.
December 3, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The surprise restitution last week of a major Baroque masterpiece looted by the Nazis in 1944 was a stunning finale to a remarkable story. Missing for more than six decades, the bravura painting "Saint Catherine of Alexandria" by Bernardo Strozzi (1581-1644) had been tied up in Italian courts for almost five years. But the sudden return to its rightful owner in Los Angeles also raised a provocative question. The extensive art collection in Florence, Italy, from which the painting had been stolen included 15 canvases by Paul Cézanne, the celebrated French Post-Impressionist commonly regarded as the father of Modern art. As I wrote in a story in September, eight of those Cézanne paintings were bequeathed to "the President of the United States and his successors in office" - paintings that arrived in Washington from Europe in 1951.
November 29, 2013 | By Diana Marcum
SALINAS, Calif. - This is a love story involving three hats, one town and the right shade of yellow paint. For decades a trio of giant hat sculptures in a scraggly grass field here had been treated like derelict pieces of playground equipment. Teenagers climbed to the top of what they knew as the "Salinas Hats. " The metal grew rusty and was scarred with gang graffiti. Few seemed to remember that this was "Hat in Three Stages of Landing" by well-known artist Claes Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen.
November 27, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
It was a fortuitous paint spill that led 21-year-old Cameron Helm from his studies at the San Francisco Art Institute to his current gig as an up-and-coming fashion designer in L.A. "I was working on a canvas series in the studio, and paint was dripping on my shoes," says Helm. "I started to like the look of the shoes a lot more than the canvas, so I took them off and started painting them. " Not long afterward, people began commissioning him to paint their shoes, iPhone cases and wallets, and Helm moved back to his native L.A. to develop a line of footwear in a hand-painted, abstract drip style similar to that of Jackson Pollock.
November 26, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The city of Los Angeles has spent $375,000 so far to fix up Getty House in the months leading up to Mayor Eric Garcetti's arrival, officials said Tuesday. Garcetti spokeswoman Vicki Curry said the General Services Department, which handles upkeep of city-owned properties, used the change in mayors this year to address "a significant backlog" of deferred maintenance on the Windsor Square property. "We had not made a decision until a couple of weeks ago about moving there," Garcetti said during a news conference Thursday.
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