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Restored 'Abbot Kinney' mural anchors exhibit on Venice history
Restored 'Abbot Kinney' mural anchors exhibit on Venice history

Edward Biberman's New-Deal mural "Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice" — a bustling, three-part tableau from 1941 that hung in the Venice Post Office until it closed in 2012 — brims with drama. Dead center: The founder of Venice, pictured under an Italian-style archway with piercing eyes, bushy mustache and grim expression, dares anyone to defy his idyllic vision for a small, upscale resort town by the sea. Behind him, slender gondolas, circa 1905, float in canals lined with bungalows — all bathed in sunny pastels, a haze of nostalgia. Kinney is flanked by images from the '40s. To his right, a crowded beach scene in which sailors court their...

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