The fight to preserve Norm’s on La Cienega Boulevard, the chilly reception for
— Speaking of which, The Times had an interesting round-up of essays related to satire, art and culture on Sunday — including the role of cartoons and a historical look at satire in American literature. (Plus, a contribution from me, on the way satire is shaped by political and cultural circumstance.)
— The nonprofit group Architecture for Humanity has abruptly shut down and will be filing for bankruptcy protection.
— "A turtle waiting for Japan to sink so that it can swim away." Japanese architect Arata Isozaki isn't exactly loving Zaha Hadid's proposed stadium design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
— In a week in which
— Plus, L.A. Magazine has a list of a dozen endangered Los Angeles buildings.
— Author John Buntin writes that gentrification isn't as common as you think. He says many poor will often stay in a neighborhood as it changes. (But I wonder if that could be a symptom of being unable to afford to move anywhere else.)
— George Lucas is threatening to bring his museum to L.A. if Chicago doesn't work out.
— A team of researchers has put together a statistical profile of the blue chip art collecting class: "Today's boom in the market for contemporary art is based on the spending habits of just 0.07 percent of those who can afford it."
— In better news, the San Diego Museum of Art has just landed a new painting by Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán: "St. Francis in a Grotto," from c. 1655.
— And last but not least, some important child-rearing advice: how to tell your children they are not artists.