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Monster Mash: Graffiti artist Smear arrested in L.A.; new statue memorializing Kurt Cobain planned

March 17, 2011 |  7:45 am


Busted: The graffiti artist known as Smear, who was already being sued by the Los Angeles city attorney, was arrested Wednesday on an alleged probation violation. (Los Angeles Times)

Rock icon: A sculpture honoring the memory of Kurt Cobain is to be installed at a park close to a bridge that he used to visit as a youth in Aberdeen, Wash. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Protest: A group of more than 130 artists says it will boycott the new Guggenheim museum being built in Abu Dhabi unless working conditions for foreign laborers are improved. (New York Times)

Standoff: The U.S. government is demanding that the St. Louis Art Museum hand over a death mask from ancient Egypt that some believe was stolen from that country before the museum obtained it in 1998. (Reuters)

Dodged a bullet: Director Neil Jordan talks about his early involvement with Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." (New York Post)

Blowing the whistle: Performers for a small British opera company that recently won an Olivier Award have filed a complaint stating that they weren't paid. (BBC News)

Wedding gift: Kate Middleton's piano teacher has written a song for the royal couple. (CBS News)

Wrecking ball: Detroit's Ford Auditorium, the former home of the Detroit Symphony, is headed for demolition. (Detroit Free Press)

Destroyed: A fire in Evanston, Ill. has destroyed a historic building slated to become a museum. (Chicago Tribune)

Also in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight on "William Leavitt: Theater Objects" at the Museum of Contemporary Art; conductor Riccardo Muti wins the Birgit Nilsson Prize.

-- David Ng

Photo: Street artist Cristian Gheorghiu, also known as Smear. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times