Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines
-- The rich get poorer: The J. Paul Getty Trust, the richest art institution in the world, slashes its operating budget by 25% in an emergency response to severe investment losses.
-- Actor-activist dies: Ron Silver, who won a Tony Award for "Speed-the-Plow" dies of cancer at 62.
-- Support from the playwright: Steve Martin offers to pay for banned high school student production of his "Picasso at the Lapin Agile."
-- Big fan of the artist: Steel billionaire Victor Pinchuk to host largest show of Damien Hirst's works in Kiev, Ukraine.
-- Stage debut: Filmmaker Taylor Hackford ("Ray") tries his hand at theater in Los Angeles.
-- Yuck: Russian artist perfects technique to transform bodies into art materials.
-- Sell-off: Guy Ullens, founder of Beijing's largest private art museum, plans to sell 900-year-old painting to raise funds for museum.
-- More museum cuts: Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art cuts staff to deal with economic woes.
--Police inquiry: Australian art dealer under investigation for millions of dollars in fraud.
-- Lisa Fung
Photo: Getty Trust President James Wood outside his office at the Getty Museum in Brentwood. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times