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  • Patt Morrison Asks: James Cuno, guiding Getty

    Patt Morrison Asks: James Cuno, guiding Getty
    Along the 405 is L.A.'s version of a shining city on the hill -- a castle of culture in all its incarnations. The Getty Trust is more than its collections and museums; it's about worldwide research, preservation and philanthropy. Its new chief, James Cuno, blew in four months ago from the Windy City, where he headed the Art Institute of Chicago and, before that, Harvard's art museums. Cuno regards himself as something of a California kid, spending his teen years at Travis Air Force Base and later heading the Grunwald Center at UCLA. Now he's got a world-class arts complex, the world's biggest arts budget and big hangovers from the Getty's time of troubles.
  • The Mosul Museum video from Islamic State could be a staged drama

    The Mosul Museum video from Islamic State could be a staged drama
    The Islamic State wants the global community to know that there's a new sheriff in town. So it wrecked a museum full of precious sculptures and on Thursday posted video of the vandalism on the Internet. At least, that's what their video wants you to...

    How the lauded John C. Whitehead (RIP) helped crater the Getty's endowment

    Former Goldman Sachs Co-Chairman John C. Whitehead has been getting a very adulatory sendoff in the obituary columns since his death on Saturday at the age of 92. The obits mention his "moral compass," his leadership of numerous philanthropies, his role...

    Ringling showcases 'L.A. Style' in Sarasota

    Ringling showcases 'L.A. Style' in Sarasota
    It's a fine time to be a photography fan in Florida. Less than a month ago, I reported on a terrific exhibit of Annie Leibovitz portraits on display through June 9 at the Norton Museum of Art (nortonmuseum.org) in West Palm Beach. Now, there's an...

    Datebook: Model U.N., art of the Middle East and vintage erotica

    Datebook: Model U.N., art of the Middle East and vintage erotica
    A mock U.N. made up of Angelenos, contemporary art from artists with roots in the Middle East, the early erotic works of Tom of Finland, and Larry Clark’s photos for sale — cheap. Plus: textile-like paintings, a group show about love and war,...