Artist to get $1.1M in settlement


Photo: Robin Dunitz, Los Angeles Times

Kent Twitchell‘s six-story Ed Ruscha Monument, seen above, on the side of a government-owned building, was painted over two years ago. The Los Angeles Times reports that he’s settled his case against the government and 11 other defendants for an astounding $1.1 million.

Twitchell’s work was protected by the federal Visual Artists Rights Act and the California Art Preservation Act, which put limits on the destruction of public art without notice to the artist. Under the settlement, Twitchell has until next June to decide what he wants to do with the mural, but he’s hesitant to recreate it in what he calls “a hostile location.” Click here to read the whole story.

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