CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1987 |
The weather-worn statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, which has graced the tip of Point Loma at Cabrillo National Monument for almost 40 years, was removed Tuesday in the first step toward its replacement with a more durable replica. A crane was used to lift the deteriorating statue of the 16th-Century explorer, which measures 14 feet high and weighs 7,000 pounds.
February 17, 1989 |
No loose object is safe whenever sculptor Sylvia Raz walks into a room. Interesting doorknobs, chair legs, anything with a fetching shape or texture can end up in her assemblage sculptures of painted wood. Since she was a child, Raz could see sometimes frightening figures in the curve of a wall or the most abstract pictures. "What I do now is find discarded items with completely other meanings and give them new life," Raz says.
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.
December 11, 1998 |
The enemies of "Multiethnic Man" usually come in the night, armed with coarse black cloth to carry out their reading of Allah's will. Their target is a bronze nude, cast to leave every doubt as to his race but none about his sex. Italian sculptor Francesco Perilli conceived the statue as a celebration of tolerance.
October 20, 1989 |
Lost in the City of Light by Richard de Combray (Knopf: $17.95; 193 pages.) The engaging, unlikely hero of this compelling novel of romantic obsession is a 30-year-old American expatriate in Paris. A sculptor blessed with a small trust fund and a gift for the language, he's managed to support himself by teaching, broadcasting and translating, staying on even though he suspects that his talent will never develop beyond the technical facility that won him modest early recognition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1987 |
He could step up to a block of wood, chisel and mallet in his bearlike paws, and transform it into something from a dream. Or a nightmare. Those who knew his work called him a modern-day Michelangelo, a sculptor to be reckoned with, admired. Fame, however, eluded Ted Lukjanczyk. True, the artist's bronze bust of Pope John Paul II was displayed for a time in the Vatican library.
January 18, 1991 |
Sculptor Giacomo Manzu, a leading Italian artist who gained fame as the creator of the bronze doors at St. Peter's Basilica and other churches, has died at 82. Manzu died at his home in a Rome suburb of heart failure Thursday night, said his secretary. Born in the northern city of Bergamo, one of 12 children of a shoemaker, Manzu never received any formal artistic training and used to say that his artistic impulse sprang from his blood.
April 1, 1993 |
Actor Brandon Lee, the 28-year-old son of the late kung fu star Bruce Lee, was killed Wednesday after a small explosive charge used to simulate gunfire went off inside a grocery bag during filming on a movie set in Wilmington, N.C. Lee, who many believed was on the threshold of stardom similar to that attained by his father two decades earlier, had been working on the $14-million movie "The Crow," produced by Edward Pressman and Jeff Most.