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Salvaging Columbia Wilshire, artLA is Cancelled

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MID-WILSHIRE: Scott Bogartz, the art collector who bought both that outdoor fountain and a stained glass window at the doomed Columbia Savings building provides some more info about his purchase. In an email he writes: "I buy Modern Sculptures all over the country and have been doing it for 25 years. It's getting harder and harder and more expensive to have great pieces saved. BRE Properties had many people wanting the art, but I offered the most money and have the most experience for a professional removal. The removal of the stained glass cost over $50,000.00 just to remove. That does not include the purchase price, trucking, insurance, workers x 15 and other costs for both items... I hope people in LA are glad I saved both items from the wrecking ball. Both items are still in LA and for sale I will contact LACMA to see if they are interested." [Curbed Staff]

SANTA MONICA: Agh, the recession is killing everything, including artLA, which was scheduled for January 21-24th run in Santa Monica. According to the LA Times, economic concerns are part of the reason it's on hold, but "photo l.a. (Jan. 14-17, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium), is still on, although with a reduced slate – 40 to 50 exhibitors, down from about 70 earlier this year," according to the paper. artLA will return in 2011. [LA Times]