— A video tour inside the ancient Assyrian city that Islamic State has destroyed.
— There have been two notable architectural deaths in the past week: post-modernist Michael Graves (who, among many other buildings, designed Disney's headquarters in Burbank) and Frei Otto, the German architect and engineer, renowned for his tent-like structures, who was awarded the Pritzker Prize the day after passing away.
— Longtime gallerist Rosamund Felsen is leaving Santa Monica for downtown Los Angeles. The move east continues.
— In other gallery news, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel is staffing up: The soon-to-debut downtown L.A. space led by former
— A museum is rising in L.A.'s Bank District. But what's going inside it (or who might be leading it) appears to be a total mystery. White elephant, anyone?
— The Googie icon Norm's on La Cienega may end up as an architectural shell.
— KCET has Otis College of Art & Design's report on L.A.'s creative economy. It estimates that 404,000 people in L.A. and Orange counties are directly employed in creative fields.
— And, at the New Museum, art as branding and branding as art.
— Plus, Damien Hirst is hiring … photorealist painters.
— An art exhibition in Michigan examines the issue of student loan debt.
— In 1990, one of the most notorious art heists ever occurred at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, with thieves making off with 13 objects, including canvases by Rembrandt, Degas and Vermeer. A security guard remembers that fateful night.
— An interesting examination of the legacy of the documentary "Grey Gardens," in the wake of director Albert Maysles's death.
— Why the copyright verdict against "Blurred Lines" is bad for music.
— And last, but not least, Cindy Sherman emoticons.