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November 19, 2008 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
A $23-million ceiling painting featuring hundreds of dangling icicle shapes that has been criticized for its hefty price tag was unveiled Tuesday at the United Nations. The 16,000-square-foot elliptical dome full of bright colors and torn aluminum took over a year to produce. Spanish abstract artist Miquel Barcelo used more than 100 tons of paint with pigments from all over the world and worked with architects, engineers and even particle physics laboratories to develop the extra-strength aluminum for the dome.
August 13, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
An 89-year-old La Mesa man seeking to recover an Impressionist masterpiece seized from his Jewish family by the Nazis has the right to sue Spain and the cultural foundation that has the painting on display at a Madrid museum, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. Claude Cassirer, who fled Nazi Germany as a youth, said he was delighted by the 9-2 decision of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals clearing the ownership dispute for trial. But he expressed concern about the long legal road still ahead.
October 31, 2002 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The highlight of Contemporary Classics of the Korean Cinema, which presents six features Friday through Sunday at USC, is its concluding film, "Chihwaeseon," a masterwork by South Korea's leading veteran filmmaker, Im Kwon-Taek, who will be present screening.
July 7, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Curators often rummage through museum storage hoping to find a great painting or just a curiosity overlooked by their predecessors. But it's not every day that they find a canvas that they identify as an early masterpiece by Diego Velázquez, as John Marciari has. Marciari, now curator of European paintings at the San Diego Museum of Art, has published an article in the new issue of the Madrid quarterly Ars making the case that an unidentified painting...
December 12, 1985 | From Reuters
An unidentified American bidding by telephone Wednesday paid a record $680,000 for a Canaletto painting that had hung unrecognized in a house in Scotland, Sotheby's auctioneers said. The painting is the original of one in the royal collection at Windsor Castle. The original was thought lost until a Glasgow representative of Sotheby's noticed the painting while inspecting furniture due to be sold by an estate.
September 25, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
The German city of Hanover returned a painting by Lovis Corinth to the heirs of a Jewish collector who sold it in 1933 to fund his escape from the Nazis, the mayor's office said. The painting, "Romische Campagna" ("Roman Landscape"), dating from 1914, was handed Monday to Curt Glaser's heirs, represented by his niece, who lives in the U.S., and her daughter, according to Hanover's website. The painting is valued by insurers at $620,000, the Hanover statement said.
January 30, 2003 | Diane Haithman
A temporary export ban imposed on a Raphael painting has been extended by the government of the United Kingdom to provide a last chance to keep the work there. The new ban on Raphael's "Madonna of the Pinks" is causing consternation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, which has been trying to acquire the 16th century painting.
December 27, 1993
Obviously Ray Bradbury has judged that both the UCLA Art Department and Times Staff Writer Shawn Hubler are on that well-known "road to hell paved with good intentions" ("Author Vows to Lead Way to Paint L.A. Beautiful," Nov. 29). Good intentions alone do not produce art. Everyone involved, however, was trying to help the less fortunate. If we criticize the quality of even the poorest attempts at assisting the unfortunate, we are volunteering not only to paint over lousy graffiti but also to offer advice on painting.
April 30, 2012 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
ELDON, Iowa - Beth Howard sits at her kitchen table on a Sunday morning and pulls back the curtain to peer at a group of rosy-cheeked youths taking pictures on her front lawn. They pair off to stand side by side in the pose familiar to millions - the dour farmer with a pitchfork, the unsmiling woman beside him in front of the white house. No one notices the woman in flannel pajamas sitting inside. "People seldom know that people live here, much less that there's someone watching them from the other side of the curtain," says Howard, who rents the house made famous in Grant Wood's painting "American Gothic.
November 22, 1994
Senior citizens and low-income disabled residents can apply to have their houses painted free next spring by volunteers. "Paint Your Heart Out Anaheim" uses volunteer labor and donated paint to spruce up houses of residents who are physically unable to perform the work. More than 156 houses have been painted since the program was started by the city's Community Development Department in 1990. Some houses chosen also will have landscaping and minor repairs done.
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