Roundup: New partners for PST, frescoes destroyed by Italy quake, and the best Halloween art costume ever

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The passing of a puritanical cartoonist. The illicit traffic in antiquities. The space L.A. can build. Welcome to the special Halloween edition of the Roundup — may your costume be original and your candy, brand name.

Jack Chick, known for his strident religious cartoon publications called Chick tracts has passed away in Alhambra. Aspects of his extreme Puritanism, writes Sarah Jones, have fallen out of fashion. The last time I saw a Chick tract was at a gas station in North Carolina. The gas station also sold water pipes “for tobacco use only.” New York Times, New Republic

The Getty announces 24 new partners for exhibition and programming for the next wave of Pacific Standard Time exhibitions in 2017, focused on Latino and Latin American art. ARTnews


Illicitly excavated artifacts are “gushing out” of Libya, experts warn. The Art Newspaper

— A historic church collapses in central Italy after the latest earthquake, taking with it important cultural artifacts. The Art Newspaper

— Why mosquitoes love Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. Pack the DEET, Basel-ites. Citylab

— Everything you need to know — a.k.a. the clothes, clothes, clothes — about LACMA’s Art and Film Gala. Los Angeles Times

— Plus: The man behind LACMA’s new $25-million gift. Los Angeles Times


Philip Guston’s very barbed (and phallus-like) Nixon drawings. New York Times

— How museums have been using social media to deliver quirky, art-driven content. New York Times

— The spaces in which L.A. can build. Curbed

Zaha Hadid’s audacious new office building in Antwerp. ARTnews

— A live documentary devoted to Buckminster Fuller prepares to land at the Skirball Cultural Center. Curbed

— How L.A. photographer Laura Aguilar has used her own body in her art. LA Weekly


— Plus, photographer Anthony Hernandez, known for gritty pictures that capture L.A.’s automotive landscape, has a terrific retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Michael Kurcfeld has a video profile. Los Angeles Review of Books

— Another reason you should travel to San Francisco: SFMOMA also has an epic retrospective devoted to the work of Bay Area artist Bruce Conner, and it is sinister, wild, bizarre, funny, lewd and engrossing. Critic Charles Desmarais finds masterworks in every corner. San Francisco Chronicle

“The straddlers,” the artists and arts organizations bridging the border between Tijuana and San Diego. New York Times

— From “Naked City” to “Police Academy” to “Homicide: Life on the Street,” Alyssa Rosenberg examines the place of minority and female cops in popular culture. This is really interesting. Washington Post

— Plus, Wesley Morris looks at the last taboo that is black male sexuality. New York Times


— Old masters emoji. Artnet

— Ima let you finish, but Beast Jesus is the best Halloween costume of all time. @spittysquirrel

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