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April 2, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Authorities on the East Coast are searching for Bigfoot. No, really. Vermont State Police are hunting for a Sasquatch sculpture reportedly swiped from a Westford couple's driveway over the weekend. The couple purchased the 8-pound, 15-inch-tall Yeti from a SkyMall magazine. Police say the statue is valued at around $100, the Associated Press reported, and the owners would be satisfied if it was simply returned to their front lawn. In addition to police efforts, the couple is using community network Front Porch Forum to search for the sculpture.
March 31, 2013 | By Angel Jennings, Los Angeles Times
From a distance, the Watts Towers rise as a beacon of pride in a community that has struggled for years with poverty and crime. But up close, tiny cracks are tearing through the historic sculpture. One particularly nasty fissure starts thin at the base of the 99-foot center tower, then widens and snakes over colorful tiles, branching like a network of veins from an artery. Decorative ornaments - pieces of glass, seashells and pottery that artist Simon Rodia painstakingly affixed - are falling off, bit by bit. The towers have been deteriorating for years, prompting quick patch jobs that did little long-term good.
March 13, 2013 | By David Ng
The Watts Towers in South Los Angeles will be the subject of a new study conducted by experts from UCLA to determine the stability of the historic sculptures, which were completed by Simon Rodia in 1954. The study, now  underway, is expected to be completed by early next year. Chief among the concerns are cracks that have plagued the towers for many years. Sensors have been placed around the site to measure variables such as wind and sun exposure. Experts are also measuring the effects that earthquakes have had on the sculptures.  The study is being carried out by engineers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.
March 11, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
What could be better than giant donuts, booze and art? Not a lot.  If you plan on taking part in the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk on Thursday, you can catch Los Angeles artist Manny Castro and his giant donuts, plus a little booze. FactoryLA , a company that promotes fashion made and designed in L.A., is hosting the event. Castro, who is known for his 30-by-30-foot painting of Lady Gaga as Christ and for painting "Tastes Like Hate" on a Chick-fil-A building, will have his donut sculptures on display.
March 8, 2013 | By Suzanne Muchnic
SICILY, Italy - Two years ago, the J. Paul Getty Museum ended a lengthy dispute with Italian cultural authorities by returning a towering limestone and marble statue of a Greek goddess to Sicily. The sculpture is now the pride of the relatively modest Museo Archeologico in Aidone - and by far its biggest attraction. The tiny hilltop town in central Sicily, near an excavation of the ancient city of Morgantina, is also the home of a Hellenistic silver collection repatriated in 2010 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
March 5, 2013 | By Jay Jones
One of the world's largest sellers of Lladró porcelain, Regis Galerie in Las Vegas, is inviting shoppers to meet the company president this weekend. Rosa Lladró, the daughter of one of the founders, will be autographing sculptures from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. The gallery, in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, is known for its broad range of art collectibles bearing names such as Daum, Faberge and Lalique. Buyers often acquire pieces with the expectation that they will increase in value, and signed pieces often are worth more.
February 17, 2013 | By Holly Myers
In JJ Peet's beguiling L.A. debut at Redling Fine Art, the familiar tropes of found object assemblage sculpture - scrap wood and bricks, rags and plastic shopping bags - come to life through a sheer infusion of raw creative energy. In both the sculptures and the film that accompanies them, a genuine visual curiosity, paired with a judiciously democratic embrace of materials, result in works of unusual fervor and formal acuity. Upon entering the darkened front gallery at Redling, one encounters a trio of sculptures suspended from the ceiling by long, rectangular aluminum tubes.
February 12, 2013 | By Crispin Sartwell
One of the biggest problems in our politics is that people don't think for themselves. We let radio and television hosts, pundits and politicians tell us what to believe. And one of the biggest problems in our arts is that people don't enjoy for themselves. We let museum curators, gallery owners, critics and professors tell us what to feel. A recent battle in the art world illustrates the point. The billionaire Ronald Perelman is suing the multimillionaire art dealer Larry Gagosian on the grounds, among others, that Gagosian overvalued an unfinished sculpture of Popeye (yes, the Sailor Man)
February 11, 2013 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
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.
February 11, 2013 | By David Pagel
Surrealism never took root in America. When the visual arts came into their own in this country around the middle of the 20th century, the most prominent movements steered clear of Surrealism's embrace of life's unconscious underbelly. Pop, Minimalism and Conceptualism dispensed with the irrational messiness of inner lives in favor of easy-to-read emblems, squeaky-clean surfaces and brainy language games. The pivotal year was 1958, when Jasper Johns first exhibited what would come to be known as his trademark works: juicy pictures of targets, flags and numbers made of torn newspaper, fleshy wax and dripping pigment, some with 3-D objects attached and others with built-in boxes, their hinged covers lifted to reveal life-size faces.
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