Monster Mash: Guggenheim responds to threatened Abu Dhabi boycott; L.A. murals face possible eviction


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Damage control: Leaders of the Guggenheim Museum have issued a response to a planned artist boycott of its Frank Gehry-designed branch under construction in Abu Dhabi. Artists are upset over working conditions for migrant construction workers at the museum site. (The Art Newspaper)

Moving murals?: Two site-specific murals completed in 1949 for the lobby of a major building in L.A.’s West Adams neighborhood face possible eviction. (Los Angeles Times)


Coming soon: ‘Rock of Ages,’ the film adaptation of the hit stage musical, is scheduled to hit cinemas June 1, 2012. An open casting call for the lead role takes place Saturday in Burbank. (Variety and New Line Cinema.)

Refund, anyone?: A sculpture of a Mayan warrior that sold for more than $4 million at a Paris auction house this week could be a fake. (Reuters)

Honored: Conceptual artist Matthew Barney will be recognized with an award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April. (Indiewire)

Under construction: Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum will be undergoing major renovations that college officials say will protect the museum’s acclaimed modern art collection for the long haul. (Boston Globe)

Mysterious: An international search is on for the owner of a Renoir painting that was sent through the mail to an address in the U.S. (The Telegraph)

Shake-up: The Oceanside Museum of Art is restructuring its staff. (San Diego Union-Tribune)


Cold cash: The Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum in the U.K. has been awarded approximately $1.2 million for redevelopment. (BBC News)

Also in the L.A. Times: a look back at the stage career of the late Elizabeth Taylor; music critic Mark Swed reviews the St. Petersburg Philharmonic with cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

-- David Ng