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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.
January 25, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
George Zimmerman's latest artistic endeavor may land him in a legal battle with the Associated Press. AP officials contend that Zimmerman's painting, titled "Angie," directly copies an AP photo, taken by freelance photographer Rick Wilson, of Florida State Atty. Angela Corey, who prosecuted Zimmerman for the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, who was acquitted last year of second-degree murder in Martin's death, auctioned off his first painting, a signed, 18-by-24-inch blue American flag featuring a part of the Pledge of Allegiance, on EBay for $100,099.99 last month.
January 21, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
Bobby Shriver invoked his Kennedy family heritage Tuesday as he launched his campaign for Los Angeles County supervisor, using his place in the political dynasty to try to gain an edge even while casting himself as an "outsider. " The former mayor of Santa Monica told reporters at Will Rogers State Beach that he was running because he wanted to "shake things up" in a county that faces major challenges with homelessness, traffic, the environment and a broken foster care system. "I come from a family with a tradition of making a difference in people's lives," Shriver said.
January 16, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
"The Complete Frida Kahlo," an exhibition of photographs of the Mexican painter and more than 123 replicas of her artwork, has been extended through March 9. Organizers say the show, which was supposed to close Sunday, will remain at San Diego's Liberty Station because of its popularity. "Attendance [at] this exhibition continues to be strong, so we have decided to add an extra two months to our originally scheduled run," Martin Biallas, chief executive of exhibition producer Global Entertainment Properties 1, said in a statement.
January 15, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- Many analysts dismissed Friday's weak jobs report for December as an anomaly. The government said only 74,000 jobs were added last month, much fewer than the average 200,000 of recent months and what experts were expecting. But the Federal Reserve's latest "beige book" -- an anecdotal account of the economy from its 12 banking districts -- suggests that maybe the year-end job numbers aren't a fluke after all.  The report, released Wednesday, indicates that the national economy continued to expand at a moderate pace from late November to the end of the year, with gains in retail, manufacturing and construction.  And the beige book says that two-thirds of the Fed's districts reported increases in jobs.
January 13, 2014 | By David Ng
A small Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting that a woman said she purchased for just $7 at a flea market will return to a Maryland museum that argued that the painting was stolen from its premises in 1951. A federal judge in Virginia ruled on Friday that Renoir's "Paysage Bords de Seine," which was painted in 1879, is the rightful property of the Baltimore Museum of Art. The decision brought to an ostensible end a bizarre case that pitted a driving teacher against the museum in a battle over an Impressionist work estimated to be worth $22,000.
January 9, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kelly Osbourne is single once again, having ended her engagement to Matthew Mosshart -- but instead of pining, she's been having a little fun with Justin Bieber.  No, not that kind of fun. Osbourne and the Biebs did a little spray-paint tagging, and posted the graffiti results Wednesday night on Instagram. "Most #Random but fun night with @justinbieber!" read one caption . "Just had so much fun getting lessons from @justinbieber on how to #SprayPaint! ... All I did was the horns!
January 8, 2014 | By David Ng
Damien Hirst has paid Walt Disney the ultimate compliment by creating a new painting of Mickey Mouse done in the style of the artist's spot paintings.  The provocative British artist unveiled his "Mickey" painting on his official website Wednesday, saying that the work will be offered for sale at a Christie's auction in London in February to benefit Kids Company, a British charity that provides assistance for youth. Hirst's website stated that the artist made the "Mickey" painting at "the invitation of Disney.
January 4, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
NEW YORK - "I used to want to shock, but now it bores me," wrote the painter Balthus in 1955. He was referring to the work presented in his first gallery show in 1934, in Paris - a highly charged street scene in which a man appears to be assaulting a young girl and the portrayal of a strangely cruel, sexualized music lesson fashioned compositionally after a Pietà. Nothing sold from that show and critics called Balthus morbid, a fiend and worse. For a time, he turned away from painting but eventually took portrait commissions to earn a living, a compromise that he resented, deriding the pictures as "monsters.
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