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Monster Mash: Graffiti artists upset over Jennifer Lopez commercial

November 30, 2011 |  7:36 am


From the block, too: Street muralists TATS Cru. claim a recent Fiat commercial starring Jennifer Lopez uses their work without permission. (New York Daily News and Fox Latino News)

Popular: "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway has recouped its $11.4-million investment after just eight months. (Hollywood Reporter)

Decision: An appeals court in Tennessee has ruled that Nashville's Fisk University can sell part of its Stieglitz art collection to keep the school financially afloat. (News Channel 5)

Intimidation: The wife of artist Ai Weiwei said police treated her as a "criminal suspect" when they took her away for three hours of questioning earlier this week. (Reuters)

Church and state: The American Civil Liberties Union is questioning the legality of a student-created crucifix mural in a public high school in Virginia. (ABC 8 News)

Art and life: The National Endowment for the Arts is forming a task force of 13 federal agencies to foster more research on how the arts affect human development at all stages of life. (Yahoo)

Controversial: Architect Maya Lin's design for a Doris Duke memorial is creating a rift among citizens of Newport, R.I. (New York Times)

Of all places: A museum in Rio de Janeiro has canceled an exhibition of pictures by photographer Nan Goldin because it includes nudity. (Agence France-Presse)

Eco-friendlier: An architect in Colombia is leading a crusade to use bamboo as a replacement for wood, concrete and other materials in construction. (Los Angeles Times)

Ruling: A judge has approved the Philadephia Orchestra's request to turn over two of its pension plans to a federal agency. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Also in the L.A. Times: A look at the Broadway-bound revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar" that is coming to the La Jolla Playhouse and Mark Swed calls the late director Ken Russell a "great imaginer of music."

-- David Ng

Photo: A screen shot from the Fiat TV commercial starring Jennifer Lopez and featuring a mural by street artist TATS Cru.