Oakland lobbies George Lucas for his museum. Damien Hirst's nice new restaurant. A writer asks why there aren't more monuments to women. Plus: Robot critics, easing copyright, downtown L.A.'s new parks and running San Quentin. Here's the roundup:
— Behold, the robot art critic. For the record, I am not a robot ... not yet.
— The International Criminal Court at the Hague is trying its first case related to cultural destruction — specifically, the leveling of ancient mausoleums in Timbuktu by jihadis.
— The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (smartly) eases restrictions on copyright.
— As George Lucas' museum plans are held up by lawsuits in Chicago, Oakland makes a pitch to house his 300,000-square-foot show palace.
— A New York art exhibit that reveals how the Chinese government censors the Internet attracts the attention of the Chinese.
— Why aren't there more public monuments to women?
— The U.K. is putting all of its publicly held art online.
— L.A.'s soon-to-open Museum of Broken Relationships wants tokens of your relationship brokenness.
— Another international art gallery lands in Los Angeles: Sprüth Magers has opened up shop across from LACMA.
— The Huntington has put a trove of newly acquired photorealist paintings on view.
— Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne looks at the design of two important parks in downtown L.A. — historic Pershing Square and a new park for 1st and Broadway — and what those spaces tell us about our own urbanism history.
— "The cost of beauty is often high." New York Magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson says Santiago Calatrava's downtown Manhattan station was worth the dough.
— Plus, the Dallas Morning News' Mark Lamster asks Mavs owner Mark Cuban not to crowdsource design. Co-sign.
— And since we're on the subject of movies: A Q&A with Oscar-nominated director Ciro Guerra, whose majestic "Embrace of the Serpent," is a story told like a feverish dream.
— Great read: Running the San Quentin marathon.
— And last but not least, the real-world locations of 14 sci-fi dystopias — a number of which are in Los Angeles.