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May 4, 1990 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three weeks after a Beverly Hills art gallery claimed that experts had "authenticated" more than 1,500 lithographs seized from its store by art forgery investigators, one of those experts has accused the gallery of distorting his findings in an attempt to make people believe that the works were originals. Bernard Ewell, a Colorado-based appraiser who is one of the nation's leading experts on works by Salvador Dali, examined 1,478 Dali prints seized from the Upstairs Gallery.
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November 4, 2000 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A year ago, veteran Ventura artist Carlisle Cooper showed his distinctive paintings at Art City, on the literal and often artistic fringes of the city. This month, his work shows up in the neater, more climate-controlled setting of the Buenaventura Gallery downtown. Somehow, his art fits comfortably in both settings, partly because his is an aesthetic that goes in more than one direction.
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January 10, 1990 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beverly Hills police have issued an arrest warrant for Upstairs Gallery President William B. McKelvey Jr. in connection with an alleged assault on two disgruntled art collectors who picketed the gallery's Rodeo Drive branch after discovering that a $3,200 Joan Miro lithograph they bought was a fake. The warrant for the arrest of McKelvey on charges of misdemeanor battery and disturbing the peace in the Dec.
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September 30, 2000 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bizarre plant forms have take over the Upstairs Gallery of Natalie's Fine Threads, in the shape of Cheryl Ann Thomas' ceramic sculptures. We are tempted to read these writhing, spiraling shapes as coming from another plane or planet--or possibly a spinoff of Dr. Suess' private fantasy world. Wherever they come from, seeing a group of Thomas' works in a single, small space adds to their charm. The conical forms she works with appear whimsical at first, but her art also has a serious side.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1989 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prominent Beverly Hills art dealer was charged with five counts of grand theft Tuesday in connection with a widening police investigation into art fraud in Southern California. Lee Sonnier, former manager of the Upstairs Gallery on Rodeo Drive, was charged with failing to deliver four pieces of art that were sold for about $872,000. Three were works attributed to the Impressionist master Pierre Auguste Renoir and one was a drawing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1989 | ALAN CITRON and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles police art fraud investigators Thursday searched the home of Larry Groeger, one of the West Coast's leading wholesalers of popular prints, and discovered records showing that Groeger supplied "fraudulent" artworks to a popular chain of galleries raided last month, the chief investigator said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1991 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 16 months after authorities raided Upstairs Gallery in a sweeping investigation of phony art sales that sent tremors through the tightknit world of Beverly Hills art traders, most of the scandal has quietly faded. The gallery--ultimately declared a victim--is going out of business and charges have been dismissed against a key target of the probe.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD
Two very different, yet complementary, artists currently share the Upstairs Gallery of Natalie's Fine Threads in Ventura. Each with their own devices presents a subtle artistic series, marked by a sense of purpose. Jane McKinney's latest pastel works are deceptively small and calm. Yet they are infused with an air of mystery, which is enhanced when viewed in numbers, as they are here. Seen as a series--or variations on a theme--they have a sense of continuity and rhythm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1990
Beverly Hills police have issued an arrest warrant for Upstairs Gallery President William B. McKelvey Jr. in connection with an alleged assault on two disgruntled art collectors who picketed the gallery's Rodeo Drive branch after discovering that a $3,200 Joan Miro lithograph they bought was a fake. The warrant for the arrest of McKelvey on charges of misdemeanor battery and disturbing the peace in the Dec.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
MB Hanrahan's new show at Natalie's Fine Threads, Upstairs Gallery, is an agreeably funky and funny affair, fueled by the kind of bubbling-over creative energy Hanrahan has long shown in her local mural work. By those inherently complex narrative standards, in fact, the art here is a model of restraint and focus. For good controversial measure, she enjoyed the sting of official action last Saturday, when the Ventura police towed away her "art car" from in front of the gallery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2000 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When is a photograph not a photograph? Does the critical delineation come when modifying darkroom techniques are used, or when such post-processing methods as hand-tinting change the pure image? The question is wide open to debate, in a still-young medium supposedly about reality but entirely based on chemical manipulations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1999 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's hard to get a sturdy grasp of Lori Markman's art, now nestled in the upstairs gallery of Natalie's Fine Threads. This is not to make a disparaging value judgment: her work, often eccentric studies of female figures, goes both ways, and then some, suggesting a juncture of frothiness and angst. They can be dismissed as casual flings or admired in the way they stretch figurative conventions and dabble in Cubist and surrealist approaches. It's your choice.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
MB Hanrahan's new show at Natalie's Fine Threads, Upstairs Gallery, is an agreeably funky and funny affair, fueled by the kind of bubbling-over creative energy Hanrahan has long shown in her local mural work. By those inherently complex narrative standards, in fact, the art here is a model of restraint and focus. For good controversial measure, she enjoyed the sting of official action last Saturday, when the Ventura police towed away her "art car" from in front of the gallery.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD
Two very different, yet complementary, artists currently share the Upstairs Gallery of Natalie's Fine Threads in Ventura. Each with their own devices presents a subtle artistic series, marked by a sense of purpose. Jane McKinney's latest pastel works are deceptively small and calm. Yet they are infused with an air of mystery, which is enhanced when viewed in numbers, as they are here. Seen as a series--or variations on a theme--they have a sense of continuity and rhythm.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A twinge of instant recognition greets the visitor to Carlton Gallery, where the fine artist Henry Villierme is showing his paintings. The eye grazes over the artist's small, vibrantly colored and consistently stylized views of landscapes and townscapes, transformed into visual patchwork. The mind instinctively thinks Richard Diebenkorn, before he followed the muse into abstraction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1991 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 16 months after authorities raided Upstairs Gallery in a sweeping investigation of phony art sales that sent tremors through the tightknit world of Beverly Hills art traders, most of the scandal has quietly faded. The gallery--ultimately declared a victim--is going out of business and charges have been dismissed against a key target of the probe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1990 | DARRELL DAWSEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 1,500 of the expensive prints that art-forgery investigators seized in a raid of an Upstairs Gallery store in Beverly Hills have been deemed authentic by experts hired by the art chain, an attorney for the gallery said Wednesday. But Los Angeles police and district attorney's officials said their investigation into possible criminal art fraud by the gallery continues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1990 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three weeks after a Beverly Hills art gallery claimed that experts had "authenticated" more than 1,500 lithographs seized from its store by art forgery investigators, one of those experts has accused the gallery of distorting his findings in an attempt to make people believe that the works were originals. Bernard Ewell, a Colorado-based appraiser who is one of the nation's leading experts on works by Salvador Dali, examined 1,478 Dali prints seized from the Upstairs Gallery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1990 | DARRELL DAWSEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 1,500 of the expensive prints that art-forgery investigators seized in a raid of an Upstairs Gallery store in Beverly Hills have been deemed authentic by experts hired by the art chain, an attorney for the gallery said Wednesday. But Los Angeles police and district attorney's officials said their investigation into possible criminal art fraud by the gallery continues.
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