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Monster Mash: Growing concern over Ai Weiwei; Mohamed al Fayed unveils Michael Jackson statue

April 5, 2011 |  7:50 am

Ai Missing: Western groups have expressed anger and concern over the fate of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, who is assumed to be in government custody. (Agence France-Presse)

King of pop: Mohamed al Fayed has unveiled a statue of Michael Jackson in front of a soccer stadium in London. (The Telegraph)

Controversial art: The U.S. Department of Labor has entered the skirmish over a public mural that the governor of Maine ordered removed from display. (Associated Press)

Leading man: Adam Shankman, the director of the upcoming "Rock of Ages" movie, defends his choice of casting a relative unknown over the musical's Broadway star, Constantine Maroulis. (Los Angeles Times)

Close call: A painting by Gaugin was unharmed after a woman attacked it Friday at an exhibition at the National Gallery. (Washington Post)

Convenience: A new mobile scanning device is allowing scientists to examine old masterpieces where they hang. (MSNBC)

Remorse: The interim executive director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra has posted a public apology on Facebook for the organization's abruptly canceled season. (Syracuse Post-Standard)

Honored: The Laguna Beach Arts Alliance has presented the winners of the fifth annual Art Star Awards. (OC Register)

Intimidating: A new book about Google reveals that some employees used a painting of a wave knocking over a ship to symbolize competition from Facebook. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Also in the L.A. Times: Kristy Edmunds is named the executive and artistic director of UCLA Live; music critic Mark Swed reviews "Der Rosenkavalier" at San Diego Opera; a review of a revival of Lanford Wilson's "Burn This" at the Mark Taper Forum.

-- David Ng

Photo: Ai Weiwei in March. Credit: Grace Liang / Reuters

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"A new mobile scanning device is allowing scientists to examine old masterpieces where they hang."

I'm all for keeping old master pieces in their place. Especially if they're well hung.

“Ai Weiwei Freedom” 自由, 艾未未. Art, image. Ai Weiwei.



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