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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1988 | From Reuters
Pope John Paul II has urged Roman Catholic bishops to promote Christian art as a spiritual weapon against the influence of advertising and the mass media. The Pope, in a letter sent in December to mark the 1,200th anniversary of the Second Council of Nicea and released by the Vatican recently, said religious art had an important role in an increasingly secular society.
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OPINION
August 28, 2010 | Patt Morrison
In this city on wheels, this city of wheels, an image has to be large and vivid and striking to make an impression. For more than three decades, the light, the climate, the speed, the invitation of long blank walls have made Los Angeles one vast plein-air gallery, the mural capital of the world, exterior-decorated by artists like Kent Twitchell, Willie Herron, Glenna Avila, Leo Politi — and Judy Baca. Baca leads brush-first, blending aesthetics and politics, first as the mother of the city's original community mural project, Neighborhood Pride, and now as founder of the Venice-based Social and Public Art Resource Center, or SPARC.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1997
The work of Conejo Valley artists will be featured in the seventh annual Interfaith Art Show at St. Pascal Baylon Catholic Church in Thousand Oaks on Oct. 18 and 19. Open to the public, the religiously themed art will be a mixed-media show of oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, calligraphy, drawings and sculpture. The work will be for sale. The artists will be at a reception at noon Oct. 19.
TRAVEL
September 20, 2009 | Ann Herold
For my niece Rachel, it was that magical summer between high school graduation and the start of college. I hoped our trip would be the beginning of a new set of memories, the adult life realized. I had already treated a niece and nephew to graduation celebrations in Hawaii, but the islands somehow seemed the wrong fit for Rachel, a devout Catholic and, at 18, already a cancer survivor. She is a remarkable young woman, my sister Tina's middle child, who, even before her illness, had exhibited a graciousness that continued into adolescence, lifting her past the awkward it's-all-about-me stage into an early serenity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1995 | JEFF KASS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While a reported encounter between an Indian peasant and the Virgin Mary inspired the religious art now on display at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, visitors Saturday also had culture, homeland and marriage on their minds. "We made a promise to ourselves that--because our families were against the marriage--if we got married, it would be at the basilica," said Hortencia R. Cervantes, who was married almost 47 years ago to the day in Mexico City's prominent Basilica de Guadalupe.
NEWS
November 23, 1993 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the Tretyakov Gallery's department of antiquities, they were already past the first stage of mourning--denial--and were well into anger. "This is just crime," said a resentful Valentina Ukhanova, senior research associate at the gallery's department of ancient Russian art. "It could happen only in Russia." If Ukhanova and her colleagues at this country's leading gallery of Russian art were sounding as if someone dear to them had passed on, that is not surprising. For on Nov.
HOME & GARDEN
August 18, 2005 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
DAVID-MICHAEL Madigan is not a religious man. Yet he has placed something sacred in each room of his North Santa Ana home. There is a 14th century holy water font in the entry, an aged oak prayer kneeler in a bedroom. Mixed among the Art Deco in the living room are a Gothic-style pulpit, a centuries-old painting of Buddha by a Tibetan monk, Chinese grave figurines thought to protect in the afterlife and heirloom menorahs.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1991 | LISBET NILSON, Nilson writes regularly about art for Westside/Valley Calendar
This Easter and Passover season, a show at Loyola Marymount University's Laband Art Gallery is launching a fresh term onto the Los Angeles art scene: "artists of faith." It serves as a reminder that not all serious contemporary art addressing religious issues is necessarily irreverent.
OPINION
August 28, 2010 | Patt Morrison
In this city on wheels, this city of wheels, an image has to be large and vivid and striking to make an impression. For more than three decades, the light, the climate, the speed, the invitation of long blank walls have made Los Angeles one vast plein-air gallery, the mural capital of the world, exterior-decorated by artists like Kent Twitchell, Willie Herron, Glenna Avila, Leo Politi — and Judy Baca. Baca leads brush-first, blending aesthetics and politics, first as the mother of the city's original community mural project, Neighborhood Pride, and now as founder of the Venice-based Social and Public Art Resource Center, or SPARC.
NEWS
November 28, 1997 | Associated Press
An organization of religious art dealers has turned to the Internet to recover 19 rare statues stolen from churches across Wisconsin this month. The National Church Goods Assn. posted a list of the icons stolen from congregations since Nov. 9 on its Web site to inform dealers to be on the lookout. The statues are generally made of cast fiberglass or plaster and are worth thousands of dollars.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2009 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
Art that spans global divides often relies either on the loveliness of gauzy universals or the shock of gritty minutiae. Chronicling a tumultuous period in the career of an urbane internationalist, the African music superstar Youssou N'Dour, filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi tries to split the difference between these approaches in her documentary "Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love." She shows a certain weakness for gorgeous words and pictures.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A newly discovered wood sculpture of a Buddha has sold for $14.3 million, a price the auctioneer calls a world record for any Japanese work of art. Christie's said the seated figure of Dainichi Nyorai, or the supreme Buddha, is attributed to 13th century sculptor Unkei. The work was sold in New York on Tuesday to Mitsukoshi Ltd., one of Japan's major department stores. Christie's said the previous record for a Japanese work of art was $1.76 million for a Rakuchu Rakugai screen, which it sold in 1990.
HOME & GARDEN
August 18, 2005 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
DAVID-MICHAEL Madigan is not a religious man. Yet he has placed something sacred in each room of his North Santa Ana home. There is a 14th century holy water font in the entry, an aged oak prayer kneeler in a bedroom. Mixed among the Art Deco in the living room are a Gothic-style pulpit, a centuries-old painting of Buddha by a Tibetan monk, Chinese grave figurines thought to protect in the afterlife and heirloom menorahs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2005 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Displaying interfaith cooperation and artistic exploration of the Easter and Passover seasons, an exhibit of painting and sculpture opened this week at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Titled "Passion/Passover: Artists of Faith Interpret Their Holy Days," the show features faith-inspired contemporary works by 14 Christian and Jewish artists from Southern California. The exhibit will be on display through May 1.
WORLD
July 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Pope John Paul II plans to return a 16th century icon to Russia to try to help thaw frosty relations between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church, his spokesman said. The Kazan Madonna, a Russian icon that the Vatican has possessed since the early 20th century, will be handed over to the Moscow patriarch, Alexi II, in August, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said in Introd, Italy, where the pope is on vacation.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2004 | Thomas Curwen, Times Staff Writer
In the beginning was the word. Then the word became flesh, and it has been up for grabs ever since. For 2,000 years -- from the forbidding severity of 11th century mosaics to the pathos of Giotto's "Lamentation," from Dante's crucified Christ to Caravaggio's "Deposition," from Albert Schweitzer's writerly devotions to Monty Python's irreverent "Life of Brian" -- the story of Jesus of Nazareth has been fair game. And why not? It has high concept written all over it.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Thieves broke into a chapel housing a museum of religious art and stole about 40 paintings and statues made in the 17th and 18th centuries, police said today. Officials said it was difficult to estimate the value of the items, stolen late Wednesday or early Thursday by thieves who broke in through a window at the Chapel of the Penitents in the southern town of Val. Investigators said they were examining footprints at the scene, but no arrests have been made.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2003
CHRISTOPHER Knight's principal criticism of the "Buddhist Meditational Art" exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ("Overstating the Religious?" Oct. 6) is that it focuses too much on the religion rather than on the art. How can anyone separate religious art from the religion? Up until recent centuries, people did not make art for art's sake. People who made religious art made it in order to enhance the religious experience in one way or another. Separating religious art without the context of religion is like trying to swim without getting wet. Andy Serrano Los Angeles PERCEPTION is personal.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2003
CHRISTOPHER Knight's principal criticism of the "Buddhist Meditational Art" exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ("Overstating the Religious?" Oct. 6) is that it focuses too much on the religion rather than on the art. How can anyone separate religious art from the religion? Up until recent centuries, people did not make art for art's sake. People who made religious art made it in order to enhance the religious experience in one way or another. Separating religious art without the context of religion is like trying to swim without getting wet. Andy Serrano Los Angeles PERCEPTION is personal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The theft of a 14th century stone font from the chapel of Usk Castle in south Wales, coming a month after the theft of a 15th century statue of the Virgin Mary from Prinknash Abbey just 30 miles to the east in England, has aroused fears that a gang of thieves may be at work stealing ecclesiastical antiques to order for foreign collectors.
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