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Mike Boehm has an extensive report on LACMA’s financial health, along with a scoop on how much the Museum of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pay the county museum to rent the former May Co. department store building and install a proposed alien barnacle on the structure.
In case you missed it, Rhonda Lieberman’s essay in The Baffler on art and the 1% (with references to mega-collector Eli Broad) is a positively searing take on "the most esteemed form of shopping."
Which brings me to Damien Hirst's exposed fetus statue and the rich-people drama it's causing in New York.
“We have pretended we could avoid change and somehow make the city affordable as if by jumping up and down and holding our breath, rents will come down.” An overview of urban renewal in San Francisco. (Which recalls this excellent Gizmodo story about the challenges of creating affordable housing in S.F.)
L.A. architect Glen Small’s work in Nicaragua is being torn down for political reasons. Small was one of the co-founders of SCI-Arc and, as the documentary “My Father the Genius,” recounted, a figure who was as renowned for his thinking as he was for his difficult personality.
Eli Broad's new museum has filed suit against the German company fabricating its facade.
I am obsessed with Spanish-language dubbed action movies, especially any involving Steven Seagal. (The academy really needs an Oscar category called "bad American movies made infinitely better by dubbing.") So, I was really intrigued by this article about dubbers in Mexico -- and how little they get paid.