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Monster Mash: L.A. mural skirmish; Leonardo Da Vinci mystery

September 30, 2011 |  7:50 am


Public dispute: A nonprofit group in L.A. has apologized for pasting their campaign posters over one of the city's best known street murals. (Los Angeles Times)

Authentic?: An art expert in Britain claims that a painting that was once dismissed as a Leonardo Da Vinci forgery is actually genuine. (New York Post)

Desperate: The Philadelphia Orchestra, is seeking $3.1 million in loans to help fund operations through the end of its bankruptcy case, or risks shutting down. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Public outcry: The appointment of a former journalist as the director of the Palace of Versailles in France has caused a wave of criticism. (The Art Newspaper)

Keeping time: The Museum of Modern Art in New York is the latest institution to purchase Christian Marclay's popular video installation "The Clock." (New York Times)

Legal battle: Julie Taymor's arbitration proceedings against the producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is scheduled to start next week. (New York Times)

Blockbuster potential: The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is in discussions to host a show dedicated to the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. (The Art Newspaper)

Valuable: A donor is asking the bankrupt U.S. National Slavery Museum to return artifacts worth an estimated $75,000. (Virginia-Pilot)

Weepy: "Ghost: The Musical" will open on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in April. (Broadway World)

Keeping busy: Shepard Fairey was at the Jersey shore recently installing a mural at Asbury Park. (Newark Star-Ledger)

On the brink: The historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington could shut its doors if it doesn't receive a government bailout. (Washington Post)

In with the new: Alexander Pereira, the new director of the Salzburg Festival, said he wants most opera performed there to be new productions. (Associated Press, via Washington Post)

Also in the L.A. Times: Art critic Christopher Knight reviews "Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970" at the Getty.

-- David Ng

Photo: A detail of a painting that could be by Leonardo Da Vinci. Credit: Lumiere Technology / Pascal Cotte / EPA