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November 3, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
Although surpassed in popularity by social media, campaign posters continue to serve as a fundamental, democratic form of expression used by grass-roots organizers and artists to convey a message for social change. "Decades of Dissent," a collection of 28 silk-screen protest posters from 1960 to 1980 on view at the Skirball Cultural Center, offers a historical perspective of one of the most volatile periods of California politics illustrated through this graphic art form. Topics featured in the posters include women's issues, gay rights, immigration reform, union empowerment and disillusionment with an unpopular war - issues that have hardly disappeared this election season.
September 8, 2012 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey received a sentence of two years' probation and a $25,000 fine in the criminal contempt case involving his "Hope" poster of Barack Obama. Fairey admitted in 2009 that he destroyed documents and submitted false images in his legal battle with the Associated Press over the use of a 2006 AP photo of Obama as inspiration for the poster. The AP accused the artist of copyright infringement; Fairey maintained that his artwork fell under fair-use laws.
September 2, 2012 | By Chris Foster
Call it the big bang theory. Nebraska, with its red-clad zealots, is coming to town. That has UCLA officials promising plenty of fireworks … after the game. During it? Well, UCLA may have two concerns: seats that are empty and seats filled by Cornhuskers fans. A top-25 opponent should be an easy week for the UCLA marketing department. Instead, there has been a ticket campaign, with a side show and a give-away included in the package. Besides the postgame fireworks, the first 10,000 fans will receive a UCLA team poster.
August 12, 2012
Jan Sawka Poster artist and architect Jan Sawka, 65, a noted Polish American artist and architect whose designs included posters for theatrical productions and touring sets for the Grateful Dead, died Thursday after suffering a heart attack at his studio and home in High Falls, N.Y., his family said in a statement. Sawka (pronounced SAFF-ka) had 70 solo shows at international museums and galleries, and his paintings, posters and prints hang in more than 60 museums around the world.
August 9, 2012 | By David Ng
An airport in Edinburgh, Scotland, has reversed its decision to cover up portions of an art poster that depicts Pablo Picasso's painting "Nude Woman in a Red Armchair. " The poster appeared at the airport as part of an advertisement for the show "Picasso and Modern British Art," which is running at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Following a handful of complaints from travelers, the airport decided to cover up the image with a white sheet, according to a report in the Edinburgh Evening News.
August 7, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Katniss Everdeen gets her golden mockingjay pin as a gift in “The Hunger Games,” but fans will have to shell out $999 to score a replica of the token on Target's website. The retailer, in a partnership with the Lionsgate studio, is making 100 of the 14-carat pins that it is selling in conjunction with the DVD and Blu-ray release of the “Hunger Games” film. Seems like an expensive way to commemorate a hardscrabble character from an impoverished district? Target is also offering 100 leather “Katniss” hunting jackets for $349 each.
August 6, 2012 | By Leon Legothetis
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. --Colette  Well into the third week of the 10,000-mile Mongol Rally , I arrived in the eastern Kazakhstani town of Balkesh. The sun was no more. Steve and I had driven about 12 hours and were looking forward to relaxing before we headed off toward Russia in the morning. We bumped into a few other ralliers who were getting ready to camp for the night. They invited us along but we decided to go to the local hotel instead.¿ That was a bad mistake.
July 20, 2012 | By Susan King
May the gavel be with you. Heritage Auctions-Beverly Hills' latest vintage movie posters auction has a few goodies for “Star Wars” fans. Among the treasures from a galaxy of offerings is a 1978 poster for a concert by composer John Williams. It's autographed by writer-director George Lucas, art directed by Suzy Rice and illustrated by John Alvin, who depicts C-3PO and R2-D2 holding orchestra instruments. The poster is valued from $5,000-$8,000 because it was never used in promotions or released publicly -- and of course, there's that famous signature.
June 11, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
They don't make movies like they used to in the golden age of Hollywood, and they certainly don't design film posters with the same invention and artistic flair. These days, most movie posters feature some sort of image from the movie with type. But between the 1930s and 1950s, movie posters were true works of art that are treasured by collectors today. Such acclaimed artists as Al Hirschfeld and Norman Rockwell created indelible images that often were at least as entertaining - and sometimes more - than the films themselves.
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