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Monster Mash: Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons see sales fall; Michael Jackson museum still on; SuBo teams with Andrea Bocelli

December 30, 2009 |  8:37 am


-- Losing their luster?: Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons saw sales of some of their artwork fall 50% in the last year. (Bloomberg)

-- Official word: The planned museum dedicated to Michael Jackson in his hometown of Gary, Ind., is still officially on, despite rumors that construction has been canceled. (Northwest Indiana Times)

-- Together at last: Susan Boyle is scheduled to perform a duet with Andrea Bocelli on a British TV show titled "Pop Star to Opera Star." (The Sun)

-- Street fight: Work by Banksy, the British street artist, has been defaced by a rival graffiti artist. (The Times)

-- In the spotlight: Who are the 100 most influential people in the British theater world? (The Stage)

-- Looking for a paycheck?: Despite budget hardships at museums across the country, curating is listed as one of the 50 best careers for 2010. (U.S. News & World Report, via ArtForum)

-- Pinch hitter: Casey Nicholaw will step in as director of Broadway's "All About Me," after Jerry Zak's departure to work on the new "Addams Family" musical. (Playbill)

-- And in the L.A. Times: The 2010 artLA fair has been canceled due at least in part to a soft art market; OCMA postpones its Richard Diebenkorn show yet again; Martin Scorsese is headed to LACMA.

-- David Ng

Photo: Artist Jeff Koons. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times