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August 24, 1992 | Researched by DALLAS M. JACKSON / Los Angeles Times
Name: Bill King Company: Movieland Wax Museum Thumbs up: "I've always had the ambition of being able to make a living as a full-time artist. I have a good deal of freedom here and a good deal of challenge at the same time. What I do gets reviewed by tens of thousands of critics. I enjoy the challenge and the technical aspect--the whole process, the mold making, the materials that go into it. When we conceive of these figures, we try and capture some drama."
April 19, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Actress Anjelica Huston has parted with the five-story contemporary live/work home in Venice that she shared with her late husband, sculptor Robert Graham, for $11.15 million. The 13,796 square feet of loft-like space, some 200 feet from the sand, includes a 10,000-square-foot art studio that was used by Graham, a dance studio, a gym, a library/study, a media room, an office, three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The home and studio share a central courtyard shaded by a coral tree.
June 24, 1985 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Staff Writer
John Frame and Peter Shelton have won the County Museum of Art's 1985 Young Talent Purchase Award. The two Los Angeles sculptors are winners of the 23rd annual event, which awards $3,000 to each recipient in exchange for a work of art to be selected for the museum's permanent collection. The announcement, made Sunday afternoon at a ceremony at Chaya Brasserie, put an end to the rampant speculation that typically accompanies the annual competition.
April 18, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Authorities say the killing on March 1, 1976, began after William Bradford Bishop Jr. learned he'd been passed over for a promotion at the State Department earlier in the day. Bishop had been receiving psychiatric care for depression and suffered from insomnia when, the FBI alleges, he took a hammer to his wife, mother and kids at their home in Bethesda, Md. His wife, Annette; his 68-year-old mother, Lobelia; and three sons - William Bradford III,...
October 29, 1992
In Cathy Curtis' review of the reopened Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, she remarked on the "kitsch" of Allan Houser's sculptures, which "no major contemporary museum would want." First of all, the Bowers is a museum of cultural art and does not claim to be a museum of contemporary art. Second, what could be more appropriate for a cultural museum than to acquire sculptures from the man who has been the inspiration for today's generation of Indian sculptors? However, calling Allan Houser an "Indian artist" would overlook his debt to Moore, Arp and Brancusi and his ceaseless experimentation with abstraction.
July 5, 1989 | CHARLES HILLINGER, Times Staff Writer
Tu Ly cut repeated bites out of the huge redwood log, gradually transforming it into a likeness of the stuffed wild boar he was using as a model. In his outdoor studio, the chain-saw sculptor carved his latest creation, which was ordered by a woman as a gift for her hunter husband. It would take Ly three days to complete it and cost the woman $500. Ly, 44, was surrounded by 250 redwood statues, a mix of his own work and the creations of other chain-saw artists.
March 21, 1994 | Reuters
Modern artworks by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and others, estimated as worth more than $500,000, have been stolen from an Athens museum, police said Saturday. The 38 lithographs and prints by some of the world's most distinguished painters and sculptors belonged to a private collection on display at the Goulandris-Horn Foundation since Feb. 7. Prints by Spanish painter Joan Miro, French painter Fernand Leger and Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti were among works missing from the foundation.
March 19, 2008 | Holly Myers, Special to The Times
Contrary to popular belief, the sculpture of the ancient world was intensely colorful, with statues, friezes and decorative objects regularly covered in brilliant pigments intended to enhance their lifelike qualities. But as curator Roberta Panzanelli explains in the fascinating catalog for "The Color of Life: Polychromy in Sculpture From Antiquity to the Present," now at the Getty Villa, it was the Renaissance and the Neoclassical era -- the two major periods of classical revival -- that shaped our understanding of ancient sculpture, and neither was particularly disposed to color.
May 1, 1988 | MARTIE STERLING, Sterling is a free-lance writer living in Aspen, Colo
On that gleaming Italian coastline beside the Mare Ligure, where the bright Crayola colors of Viareggio's summer cabanas blaze against the seascape, the Appenine Mountains tumble down about the shore. As they approach Pisa to the south, they pause to plant creamy stone togas in solid massifs of rock. These ranges, wintry-white all year, are mountains of marble. Chippings from many millennia form the great quarries of Massa, Carrera, Querceta.
April 20, 1988 | WILLIAM WILSON, Times Art Critic
Louise Nevelson, who died Sunday, looked like a Gypsy ballerina with her great soulful doe eyes swathed in mink lashes, head turbaned, ears bangled with baubles the size of Ping-Pong balls. She looked like a fortuneteller doyenne fashion model, a Jewish expatriate who was born in Kiev and drank tea from a glass. Born in '99, died in '88 at 88. Nice symmetry in that, especially if you lay the 8s on their sides quadrupling the sign for infinity.
December 27, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here's who they picked: Anne Ellegood | Curator Hammer Museum Senior Curator Anne Ellegood will likely see some attention this spring with the debut of her long-mulled, provocative show "Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology. " The 35-artist historical show - co-organized by Ellegood's friend, New York-based art historian Johanna Burton - is an institutional critique of museums themselves as it examines American artists who the curators felt have changed the way we, as a culture, think about art. Among those included in the exhibition, focusing on work largely from the '80s and '90s, are Barbara Kruger, Mike Kelley, Jimmie Durham, Adrian Piper and David Wojnarowicz.
December 12, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Gifted and tormented sculptor, involuntary mental patient, enduring symbol of female passion quashed by patriarchal convention - Camille Claudel is nothing if not a rich subject for storytellers. "Camille Claudel 1915," the tough and measured feature by Bruno Dumont, is a very different animal from the high melodrama of the 1988 biopic starring Isabelle Adjani. That's no surprise from a filmmaker who traffics in austerity and a performer, Juliette Binoche, who's ever resistant to the obvious and formulaic.
December 1, 2013
Peter Kaplan Editor hired 'Sex and the City' columnist Peter Kaplan, 59, the former editor of the New York Observer who hired a then-unknown Candace Bushnell to write a column called "Sex and the City," died Friday of cancer in New York City, said his wife, Lisa Chase. He edited the Observer from 1994 to 2009. The salmon-colored weekly has a reach beyond its circulation of about 50,000 because it is read by the Manhattan-based movers and shakers it covers. Kaplan was credited with honing the paper's snarky tone and hiring writers who became influential voices.
October 24, 2013 | By David Ng
Sir Anthony Caro, the renowned British sculptor whose abstract creations have been hugely influential, has died. The 89-year-old artist suffered a heart attack and died on Wednesday, said the Tate Museum in London. Caro is recognized widely for helping to redefine sculpture in the 20th century, often working with steel and other industrial material to create monumental installations that broke with past traditions. His work has been exhibited in major museums and galleries around the world.
August 7, 2013 | Suzanne Muchnic
Japanese American artist Ruth Asawa was interned during World War II, first at the Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia, where she lived in a horse stall that reeked of manure, and then at a relocation center in Arkansas, where 8,000 detainees were surrounded by barbed wire fences and watch towers. It was a defining experience, but not a devastating one. Decades later, when Asawa had achieved fame in the art world and admiration in San Francisco as an educator and arts advocate, she told an interviewer that she felt no hostility about the painful period in her youth and blamed no one for her hardship.
July 26, 2013 | By David Ng, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Walter De Maria, the artist and sometime musician whose monumental sculptures and installations combined the simplicity of minimalism with a love of scale, died Thursday at ageĀ  77. The cause of death was a stroke, according to his New York studio. Throughout his career, De Maria cultivated a somewhat reclusive personality as far as the media was concerned. He seldom gave interviews and disliked being photographed. He also avoided participating in museum shows when he could, preferring to create his installations outdoors or at unconventional urban locations.
The camera zooms in on a young player at the free-throw line, bouncing the ball once, twice, three times, then shooting. "Basketball is more of a desire," the man behind the camera says. "A desire to succeed not only on court but in life." Another player slumps toward the bench, glancing up at the scoreboard, knowing he is beaten. "We're not looking at the game as much as we are looking at the person. His reactions. His fervor."
January 18, 1991 | From Associated Press
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.
February 11, 2013 | Christopher Knight
Richard Artschwager, an artist who turned his apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker into a distinctive approach to making sculptures and paintings that defy easy categorization, died Saturday in Albany, N.Y., following a brief illness. He was 89. A retrospective of Artschwager's work, which travels to the UCLA Hammer Museum in June, closed Feb. 3 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan. It was the Whitney's second Artschwager retrospective and will be the third to be shown in Southern California.
December 23, 2012 | By Holly Myers
In a sunny, wood-paneled, south-facing room on the second floor of the Huntington Art Gallery, visitors who've come to peruse the Flemish Madonnas and Constable landscapes, the cases of stately British silver and florid French porcelain, will happen upon something a little unusual over the next couple of months. It's not obvious at first. At the end of a hallway at the top of the staircase, a tall, slender sculpture appears framed in a window. It has a delicate and graceful mien, not dissimilar from those of the 18th century ladies in the portrait gallery downstairs.
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