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Monster Mash: 9/11 memorial architect on his controversial design

August 26, 2011 |  7:50 am


Controversial: A profile of architect Michael Arad, designer of the Sept. 11 memorial in New York. (Los Angeles Times)

Union muscle: The Teamsters are planning to demonstrate outside Sotheby's New York showroom to protest the auction house's lockout of 43 of its art handlers. (Marketwatch)

Lucrative: The FBI estimates that international art crime is now worth more than $6 billion annually, double the amount from a decade ago. (Art Newspaper)

Surprise: Classical-music CD sales gained in the first half of 2011, showing stronger growth than all other genres. (Variety)

Coming soon: Decca will release the album for Paul McCartney's new ballet, "Ocean's Kingdom." (BBC News)

Change of heart: The artistic director of New York's venerated Cherry Lane Theatre won't be selling the venue after all. (Playbill)

Shut down: Federal budget cuts have forced the closure of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Save America’s Treasures. (Art Newspaper)

EuroTrip: The bankrupt Philadelphia Orchestra is kicking off a tour of Europe. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Back for more: Bravo's "Work of Art" reality competition series has set an Oct. 12 return date for its second season. (Los Angeles Times)

Kaput: The Garbage Museum in Connecticut has closed its doors to the public for good following a period of financial difficulty. (Connecticut Post)

The iron canvas: A new museum in Sofia, Bulgaria, is dedicated to art from totalitarian regimes of the Soviet bloc. (Associated Press, via Boston Globe)

Passing: Esther Gordy Edwards, the sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. and the founder of the Motown Museum, has died at 91. (Reuters)

Also in the L.A. Times: Revisiting the work of L.A. artist June Wayne, who died this week at 93.

-- David Ng

Photo: A view of the Sept. 11 memorial in lower Manhattan. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times