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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