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Monster Mash: Banksy art mystery; Peter Paul Rubens painting recovered

September 2, 2011 |  7:50 am


Mysterious: Two galleries on Long Island are at the center of attention over how they obtained works that they claim were created by the street artist Banksy. (Artnet)

Found: Officials in Greece said they have recovered a Peter Paul Rubens painting stolen from a museum in Belgium in 2001. (Reuters)

Political protest: Palestinian supporters disrupted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday. (Los Angeles Times)

Star-studded: Roman Polanski's "Carnage," adapted from the Yasmina Reza play, debuted Thursday at the Venice Film Festival to largely positive reviews. (Los Angeles Times)

Court is in session: A significant art-forgery trial has begun in Cologne, Germany. (Deutsche Welle)

Coming soon: The Smithsonian has received objects from the Transportation Security Administration for its Sept. 11 exhibit. (Washington Post)

Recovered?: Paintings by Otto Dix are believed to have been discovered by a gallery in Germany. (Reuters)

Newly designated: The 2011 Carbuncle Cup for Britain's "ugliest new building" has been awarded to MediaCityUK. (The Guardian)

New branch: The Hammer Museum is playing host to a new bookstore by David Kipen, owner of Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights, who is trying to bridge the city's east-west cultural divide. (Los Angeles Times)

Locomotive: Disneyland Resorts has donated its reproduction California Zephyr to the Western Pacific Railroad Museum. (Los Angeles Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: Theater critic Charles McNulty reviews the new book "Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein."

-- David Ng

Photo: Banksy, in a scene from "Exit Through the Gift Shop." Credit: Paranoid Pictures