January 8, 2009 |
A hushed throng of artists, arts patrons and civic leaders joined friends and family of the late sculptor Robert Graham at a funeral Mass on Wednesday morning at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Filing through the cathedral's "Great Bronze Doors," which Graham considered his greatest public commission, the crowd came to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of a creative force who died at 70 on Dec. 27 after a long illness. Los Angeles' leading public artist, Graham is probably best known for sculptural monuments in prominent locations across the country, including tributes to Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, Joe Louis in Detroit, Duke Ellington in New York and Charlie "Bird" Parker in Kansas City, Mo. But his most enduring subject was the female nude, which he explored in hundreds of works, large and small, throughout his long career.
August 30, 2002 |
Scientists have developed a new tool for detecting infectious disease that, some experts said, could significantly enhance the containment of epidemics or the early warning of bioterrorist attacks. The method, developed by Chad A. Mirkin of Northwestern University's Institute for Nanotechnology and announced Thursday, is another step in commercial applications of the growing science of nanotechnology, which uses tools as small as a few molecules.
November 15, 1985 |
Hal Roach Studios, which recently sold 30% of its stock for $6.75 million and has hinted at ambitious expansion plans, has disclosed that previously unnamed "prominent entertainment industry executives" in the investor group include well-known Hollywood figures A. Jerrold Perenchio, Ray Stark and Ted Mann. Another previously unidentified major investor in the venerable Los Angeles film company is Outlet Co., a Providence, R.I.
April 7, 1985 |
Standards of beauty as defined by Western criteria are questioned or amended in an exhibition titled "The Heroic Figure," which points to the unconventional heroes and heroines of minority groups in this culture. The exhibition, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Saturday through June 9, was organized by Houston Museum of Contemporary Art's Curator Linda Cathcart. It contains 55 paintings, photographs and sculptures by 13 New York figurative artists.
January 24, 1986 |
Danny Kaye put his fingers in his mouth and whistled the intimate, top-drawer crowd to attention. He was allowed, even though it was the elegant Founders Room at the Music Center. Kaye and playwright Neil Simon were honored Wednesday night as $1 million-plus contributors--but the talk was also of baseball. No surprise, among fervent Dodgers' fans like owner Peter O'Malley, Kaye, his close friend Olive Behrendt (who organized the party) and Roz Wyman.
December 5, 1987 |
Two foreign investors operating through separate Caribbean front companies helped finance the acquisition of a Hawaii savings and loan by former Treasury Secretary William E. Simon and his partners. In return for the investment of about $800,000, the Simon group placed 4.9% of the stock in the savings and loan in the two offshore companies, Pandora Investments and Deep Water Ventures, according to sworn depositions and an interview Friday with one of Simon's partners.
May 26, 1996 |
Vibes are positive for the Los Angeles Antiques Show. "Definitely, it will be held next year," said Sally Gould Wright, vice president of the Antique Dealers Assn. of California. More than 1,500 attended the glossy Women's Guild of Cedars-Sinai opening, and the association's first Los Angeles show last weekend drew 6,000. Better yet, the dealers sold. Sales of $100,000 items were not uncommon. Said designer Susan Niven, "I think this is better than the San Francisco show."
August 17, 2005 |
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL? Not if some Americans have anything to say about it. Probably not even America the Vaguely Interesting. And no chance of America the Wow-Get-a-Load-of-That. Does art really have to be a four-letter word in this country? We don't put much government money into it -- California has the worst per capita investment of any state, at 9 cents a head, and the nation is the biggest art skinflint in the Western world at a buck-17.
June 11, 1995 |
Twelve cities will stage galas for the 150th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. And Los Angeles' will be first, Feb. 8. The national museum will celebrate its birthday on the road, so to speak, says Marcia Hobbs, who is on the gala committee. Just getting started on L.A.'s festivities are gala chairs Dona Kendall and Eli Broad. They met before Kendall flew off for a vacation to Chantilly, France. She'll return July 4 and go into action.
February 12, 1989 |
Already the Golden Thimble Committee of the Auxiliary of the Hospital of the Good Samaritan has $70,000 in patron money. That's a record, says chairwoman Kate Regan, who lunched with Deborah Booth, co-chairwoman, and Catherine Krell at the California Club last week, before the March 1 preview of their needlework show for exhibitors and patrons. This will be the 10th biannual event. More than 500 needlework entries are expected.