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Monster Mash: Artists in Britain protest BP's cultural funding; former Gagosian director dies

June 25, 2010 |  8:07 am

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-- Mad as hell: Artists in Britain continue to protest BP's support of some of London's biggest museums and galleries. (The Guardian)

-- Art giant: Robert Shapazian, the founding director of Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills, has died at age 67. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Nosedive: Shares of Sotheby's tumble more than 8% Thursday on disappointing results from recent auctions. (The Wall Street Journal)

--  Back in business: The Opera Orchestra of New York is returning to the stage after an absence of close to two years. (New York Times)

-- Blockbuster potential: A production of Bizet's "Carmen" is being filmed for eventual screening in 3-D. (The Wall Street Journal)

-- Dropping a few octaves: Placido Domingo is set to make his Covent Garden debut as a baritone. (The Independent)

-- Bright and shiny: An artist in Britain has created a massive public installation using discarded CDs. (BBC News)

-- New leadership: The Boston Lyric Opera has named British conductor David Angus as its new music director. (Boston Globe)

-- Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "In the Heights," starring Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, at the Pantages; an unconventional Michael Jackson art project comes to downtown L.A.

-- David Ng

Photo: A view outside the National Portrait Gallery in London this week. Credit: Akira Suemori / Associated Press

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