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In the news: Getty names new president- James Cuno

The J. Paul Getty Trust has named as its new Chief Executive Officer, James Cuno, the Director of the Art Institute of Chicago. Dr. Cuno has an M.A. and PhD in art history from Harvard, where he served as director of the Harvard Art Museums. His curatorial expertise focuses on 18th and 19th century French printmaking. Dr. Cuno wrote about cultural patrimony in his 2008 book Who Owns Antiquity? Wishing Dr. Cuno all the best in ushering a new era at the Getty! For the full report, please read: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-getty-cuno-20110510,0,973976.story

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Vermeer painting never before seen in California- to be on view at Norton Simon

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will loan Vermeer‘s “Woman with a Lute” to the Norton Simon Museum this summer.  No West Coast museum currently owns a work by the celebrated Dutch Master. For a full report, please read: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/05/norton-simon-museum-borrows-vermeer-pearl-picture-from-metropolitan-never-shown-before-in-california.html Johannes Vermeer, 1662-1663 “Woman With a Lute”

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Spanish Police find missing Goya and El Greco Paintings

Spanish Police have discovered two missing masterpieces, El Greco’s ”La Anunciacion,” and Goya’s ”La Aparicion de la Virgen del Pilar.” The paintings had been missing for more than two decades and were recovered after a tip led them to a private home in Alicante. For more information, please read: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/04/15/Spanish-police-find-El-Greco-Goya-artwork/UPI-72751302884799/

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In the news: Daniel Cátan: Composer of LA Opera’s Il Postino

Unfortunately, Daniel Cátan, a prolific opera composer, died this week at the age of 62. Mr. Cátan composed the music for LA Opera’s “Il Postino,” which had its premiere in Los Angeles only a few months ago. His other operas included: “Florencia en el Amazonas” and  ”Rapaccini’s Daughter.” Mr. Catán received his doctorate from Princeton University, where he studied under Milton Babbit. For more on the life of Mr. Cátan, please read the following article in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/arts/music/daniel-catan-composer-of-operas-in-spanish-dies-at-62.html?src=me

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Dudamel’s latest creation- congratulations!

The La Times reports the real reason why Gustavo Dudamel was unable to conduct last Tuesday’s concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic: he and his wife Eloisa were having a baby boy. Many congratulations to the conductor on his newest creative endeavor! For more, please read: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/04/gustavo-dudamel-and-wife-welcome-baby-boy-martin-in-la.html

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In the news: Aphrodite Goes Home

Illegal Smuggling? Organized Crime? After much controversy, the Getty’s Villa’s Aphrodite goes home. Ciao bella! Buon Viaggio! For the full report, read: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-return-of-aphrodite-20110323,0,6998689.story

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In the News: the Curious Collection of the Barnes Foundation

Which American Museum has: 181 works by Renoir 69 Cezannes (more than in all the museums of Paris combined), 59 Matisses 46 Picassos and 7 Van Goghs The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. This happens to be the spot that Matisse called, “the only sane place to see art in America.” Unfortunately, the collection will be at the Foundation for only two more months. The Independent covered the saga and court hearings behind the attempt to move the works of art out of the Foundation http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/rupert-cornwell/rupert-cornwell-is-this-the-biggest-art-heist-in-history-2246968.html as did the documentary Art of the Steal. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1326733/

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In the News: Banned Banksy pops up in LA

Banksy, the mysterious, anarchist street artist may have descended upon the city of Angels. Nominated for Best Documentary for his film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Banksy, whose identity remains a secret, petitioned to be allowed on stage to accept his potential award donning a Monkey Mask. No Monkey Business at the Oscars came the reply. Since then, subversive street art work has allegedly crept up around the LA area, including Sunset Boulevard which reports sightings of a pyromaniac Charlie Brown, holding a gas can, whilst a cigarette dangles from his mouth.

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MOCA raises more than $3.2 Million in November

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), raised more than $3.2 Million with the Artist’s Museum Happening International Gala on Saturday, November 13, 2010 Envisioned by Artist Doug Aitken Featuring Live Performances by: Devendra Banhart, Beck, and Caetano Veloso  

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Ain’t it Grand? — Contemporary Art Museum set for Grand Avenue

© Leticia Marie Sanchez Los Angeles Art Patron Eli Broad has chosen Grand Avenue in Downtown LA as the construction site for his new museum, which could possibly be completed as early as the end of 2012. The 120,000-square-foot contemporary art museum will house works from Broad’s behemoth art collection, one that includes works by Warhol, Baldessari, Koons, Lichtenstein, Dali and Miro. The new museum will occupy the space -next door to Walt Disney Concert Hall -across the street from MOCA -across from Colburn School of Music. in the neighborhood of LA OPERA and Dorothy Chandler Pavillion A quadrangle of arts and music Mr. Broad selected New York firm Diller, Scofidio + Renfro to design the 120,000-square-foot museum. The firm has previously been involved in the renovation of Lincoln Center in New York City and the design for the Institute of Contemporary Art

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