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Los Angeles Artist Settles VARA Lawsuit

posted by Christopher Howard — May 15, 2008

The Los Angeles Times reports that the artist Kent Twitchell will receive $1.1 million from the settlement of a lawsuit against the United States government and eleven other defendants for painting over his six-story mural. entitled Ed Ruscha Monument and painted on the side of a downtown building owned by the federal government.

The settlement, disclosed April 30, 2008, is believed to be the largest awarded under the federal Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) or the California Art Preservation Act, both of which prohibit the desecration, alteration, or destruction of certain works of public art without giving ninety days’ notice to the artist to allow him or her the option of removing the artwork.

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