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Roundup: Vying for George Lucas' museum, designing L.A. parks and running the San Quentin marathon

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.

— Anish Kapoor now has exclusive rights to the world’s darkest pigment. Jonathan Jones asks: Can an artist ever truly own a color?  

— From the Department of Incredibly Rich People and Their Shifting Tastes: Microsoft mogul Paul Allen’s much-touted Seattle arts space may not be around much longer. Instead, now he's talking about opening a museum to pop culture.

— 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. 

— Why letting outside communities control how and when objects in museum collections are shown or handled isn’t doing anything for open inquiry. (Weisslink)  

— 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.

— It didn’t win the Oscar for best animated short (that went to the mournful “Bear Story”), but the Russian short “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos” is a beautiful meditation on friendship and space.  

— 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.  

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