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Monster Mash: Ancient wall uncovered; custody battle over painting; are fashion shows coming to MOCA?

February 22, 2010 |  8:44 am


-- Ancient discovery: Archaeologists say they have uncovered a 3,000-year-old stone wall in Jerusalem's Old City that may offer evidence of King Solomon's building in the city. (Bloomberg)

-- Custody battle: An 18th-century painting reported stolen more than 20 years ago has become the object of a legal fight between its alleged former owner, Houston socialite Joanne King Herring, and a New York man. (Houston Chronicle)

-- Thinking outside the box: Jeffrey Deitch, the recently appointed head of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, could be bringing fashion shows and other fashion events to the institution. (Daily Beast, via Art Info)

-- Angered: Palestinian-rights advocates protest an appearance by the Israel Ballet in Brooklyn. (New York Times)

-- Staying put: The Corcoran Gallery of Art has shelved plans to move its College of Art and Design to a vacant school in southwest Washington. (Washington Post)

-- Thinking big: Canada's Royal BC Museum announces plans for the expanded use of its current site. (Art Daily)

-- Bottoms up: An Irish artist has installed an Irish pub, complete with Irish bartenders, in Vancouver. (New York Times)

-- And in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "The Subject was Roses," starring Martin Sheen; a Catholic school in Burbank gets creative in the way it staffs its theater program.

-- David Ng

Photo: An excavation site outside the Old City walls in Jerusalem, where a section of an ancient city wall was recently discovered. Credit: Menahem Kahana / AFP/Getty Images