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Monster Mash: L.A. City Council spares arts funding; MoMA's favorable ruling; S.F. Opera's budget

February 4, 2010 |  9:05 am

Cityhall -- Spared: The Los Angeles City Council has decided against ending guaranteed funding for the arts. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Ruling: A judge in New York has dismissed the case made by the heirs of George Grosz, who claimed that three paintings by the German artist in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art qualified as Nazi loot. (The Art Newspaper)

-- In the black, for now: The San Francisco Opera reports a balanced budget for the 2009 fiscal year but foresees a deficit for 2010. (San Francisco Business Times)

-- Expanding: The Lincoln Center in New York is planning to build a new black-box space on top of the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. (New York Times)

-- Verdict: The London Philharmonic Orchestra has won a court judgment against a financial director who allegedly embezzled funds. (Times Online)

-- Hurting: The Abbey Theatre in Dublin suffers funding cuts amounting to 1 million euros ($1.4 million). (The Stage UK)

-- Shuttered: Baltimore's Public Works Museum has shut down, the victim of municipal hardship. (Baltimore Sun)

-- Appointment: The Getty Museum has named Judith Keller as senior curator of photographs. (Art Info)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: An obituary for Lars Hansen, former executive director of the Pasadena Playhouse; Alberto Giacometti's "Walking Man" sculpture breaks an auction record; the Pasadena Playhouse says it is receiving monetary pledges.

-- David Ng

Photo: People enter Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday for a City Council meeting. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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