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Step Away from the Lamb: Guards mean business at BCAM

March 3, 2022

“Step away from the Lamb and no one gets hurt!” “There will be no Hirst Heist today, buddy.” The LA Times reports that pistol-carrying guards protect Damien Hirst’s Away from the Flock at BCAM. Realistic preventative measure? Or disruption to the artistic experience? It’s…

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In the News: “Il Volo”- Can Opera be embraced by the GLEE crowd?

October 6, 2021

This Sunday’s New York Times discussed the opera sensation”Il Volo,” a popular teenage boy band that has teen girls swooning. With appearances on TV shows like Entourage, can “Il Volo”  bring the love of opera to a mainstream teen audience?  “Il Volo” means “the…

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In the News: Klimt’s “Roses Under The Trees” will be returned from the Musée d’Orsay

March 22, 2021

In art news, Gustav Klimt’s “Rosiers sous les arbres” (“Roses Under the Trees”) will be returned from France’s Musée d’Orsay to the heirs of its Austrian Jewish owner who sold the painting to Nazi sympathizers “for next to nothing” before dying in the Holocaust. For the full…

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LACMA to re-open April 1st!

March 22, 2021

Now here is something worth toasting, in Cultural Cocktail fashion! In most welcome news for Angelenos who have been parched for the arts during the pandemic: LACMA will be reopening on April 1st with advanced online reservations required. For more information on how to…

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In the News: Missing Klimt painting discovered in the wall of Italian art gallery

January 20, 2020

In the News: Missing Klimt painting discovered in the wall of Italian art gallery by Leticia Marie Sanchez The long-lost “Portrait of a Lady” by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt was found hidden in a wall of the Ricci Oddi Modern…

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Picasso and Monets– burnt to a crisp?

January 10, 2020

 Picasso and Monets—Burnt To a Crisp? by Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered Trademark Left:  Matisse, Reading Girl in White and Yellow(1919) Ed. Note: This article first appeared on Cultural Cocktail Hour in 2016 Will she ever see the light of day?…

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The 120K Banana At Art Basel Miami

December 11, 2019

by Leticia Marie Sanchez Has the Contemporary Art world Gone bananas? At Art Basel Miami this week, a banana duct-taped to a wall sold for $120,000. Entitled “Comedian,” the piece was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. Then, someone ate…

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In the news: Picasso in the garbage? An art thief named Spiderman?

April 30, 2019

by Leticia Marie Sanchez FLASHBACK TO AN ART CRIME NEWS STORY FROM 2011 Picasso’s “Le Pigeon aux Petits-Pois” stolen from the Paris Museum of Modern Art  Sacré bleu! Is nothing sacred ? A Parisian art thief confessed that he dumped…

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Our hearts are with the people of Paris

April 16, 2019

Editor’s Note: Leticia Marie Sanchez Devastated to read about the fire at Notre Dame Remembering a peaceful morning stroll this summer with my son from Notre Dame to the bird market. CNN’s latest report is that ”The entire wooden interior of…

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Badabing Badaboom: Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in Mafia den

April 2, 2019

Badabing Badaboom  Two Stolen Van Gogh paintings found in home of Naples Mafia boss In honor of Van Gogh’s birthday this week (Happy Birthday, Vincent Van Gogh!) a Flashback to a news story from 3 years ago, 2016, when 2 Pilfered…

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