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Monster Mash: Larry Gagosian ready to debut Paris gallery; Ariel Sharon sculpture stirs controversy

October 19, 2010 |  8:21 am

Sharon Big debut: Larry Gagosian's newest gallery space opens this week in Paris. (Agence France-Presse)

Life-like: A large scale sculpture of Ariel Sharon in a hospital bed is stirring controversy in Israel. (The Independent)

Back in the fold: New York's National Academy Museum & School is being accepted back into the good graces of North America’s leading professional association for art museums. (Los Angeles Times)

Ruling: A court in Massachusetts has decided that an 18th century painting valued at up to $800,000 belongs to its owner’s heirs, not the insurance company that paid out $25,000 after the artwork was stolen. (Boston Globe)

Attacked: The National Museum of the Marine Corps has suffered damage after someone shot at least five bullets into an upper-level window. (Washington Post)

Cue the banjo: The musical "Bonnie & Clyde," which was staged in 2009 at the La Jolla Playhouse, is being produced in Sarasota, Fla., with a cast including Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan. (Playbill)

New space: Construction is ready to begin on an expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum designed by Renzo Piano. (Fort Worth Star Telegram)

Also in the L.A. Times: the nominations for the 2010 Ovation Awards have been announced; music critic Mark Swed on the recent popular success of "Il Postino" at LA Opera; theater critic Charles McNulty reviews "Venice" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre; L.A. artists are turning to for funding.

-- David Ng

Photo: a sculpture of Ariel Sharon by artist Noam Braslavsky. Credit: Agence France-Presse