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Essential Arts & Culture: DNC set design, L.A.'s public art biennial, a ballet star in 'A Chorus Line'

Summer is supposed to be a sleepy time for the arts. Not in 2016! The week has produced intriguing stories on everything from convention architecture to a notable woman conductor to L.A.’s new public art biennial. I’m Carolina A.

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The Broad acquires 29 new works, keeping an eye on local artists

Eli Broad has been a busy man this year overseeing his Broad museum, which is approaching its one-year-anniversary in September — but not too busy to buy new art.

The Broad has added 29 new works to its permanent collection, it announced on Friday, all acquired since the museum’s opening. A third of the new works come from local artists, further deepening the museum’s connection to Los Angeles.

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Datebook: Guillermo del Toro's monster's ball, the look of teen spirit and London painters calling

Summer group show season is here — and the force is with it. We have group shows about isolation, artist books, the self and painting in 20th century London. For the more monstrously inclined, however, there is also filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s bonanza of the bizarre headed to LACMA. Here are shows and events to check out in the coming week:

“London Calling,” at the Getty Museum.

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Jack Davis dies at 91; Mad magazine artist and prolific illustrator

Jack Davis, the prolific Mad magazine illustrator, cartoonist and movie poster artist, has died. 

He died Wednesday morning, according to his son-in-law, Chris Lloyd. He passed away in St. Simons, Ga., of natural causes.

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'London Calling' at the Getty and the tension between abstract and figurative painting
A triumphal arch for the age of Amazon: Michael Parker's cardboard monument in San Pedro

In ancient Rome, important military victories were often commemorated with a triumphal arch — often a standalone structure that was wide enough and grand enough to allow a procession of soldiers to march through.

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