“Our Town-Our Paper” PHOTO BY TED RECKAS lbindy.com July 29, 2011 | Volume X, Issue 30 Rodin Chaser Assails LCAD’s Exhibit By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy Florida printmaker and art dealer Gary Arseneau continues to earn his moniker “the Rodin chaser,” this time pursuing the record-setting Rodin exhibition at the Laguna College of Art and Design. Arseneau is a self-appointed sleuth hunting for forgeries among French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s (1840-1917) huge trove of bronze sculptures, much of which has been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada. The North Carolina Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Calgary’s Glenbow Museum each have spurned Arseneau’s accusations of exhibiting fakes, earning him the sobriquet “Rodin chaser”. Rodin is not his only quarry. Over the years, he’s cried “fake” at works by Degas, Renoir, Picasso and last year John Lennon when his drawings were exhibited at the made countless legitimate castings of works in his time in an effort to make a living and spread his legacy widely. “Before Rodin died, he made arrangements with the French government to authorize post-humous casting of his work providing that it convert his Meudon (situated outside of Paris) studios and residence into a museum,” explained Judith LCAD President Jonathan Burke Sobol, executive director dismisses of the Los Angeles-based critics of the Cantor Foundation. college’s Rodin exhibition, She went on to say that which is break-the number of such casts ing attendance were strictly regulated by records. laws passed in 1956 and again in 1981 to limit their number and stabilize their value. However, Rodin encouraged as many castings of his work during his life time but did not involve himself in the casting process otherwise. “Assistants took the ﬁ gures to outside foundries with Rodin’s blessing. For his time, he was a great Paciﬁ c Edge Gallery in Laguna Beach. Thus, it’s hardly surprising that 14 Rodin marketer,” she said. “During his lifetime, for example, 328 casts of ‘The Kiss’ were made.” sculptures exhibited beginning this month Then, sculptors modeled their creations at LCAD have met his derision. In a mass mostly in clay and had foundries cast them e-mail issued this week to LCAD president in bronze by either using solid casts or the Jonathan Burke and nearly the entire lost wax method. teaching staff, he denounced the trove on Arseneau bases his criticisms largely loan from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor on U.S. law, quoting the Seventh Edition Foundation as non-disclosed posthumous of Black’s Law Dictionary’s deﬁ nition of (1925-1995) forgeries. forgery as “the act of fraudulently making “What I saw (in the e-mail) was a false document or altering a real one to completely absurd. I have worked in a be used as if genuine.” He also refers to U.S. foundry and have been around bronze copyright law that deﬁ nes a work of visual most of my life,” said LCAD instructor of art, i.e. sculpture as multiple cast, carved, or sculpture, Raymond Persinger. His wife, fabricated (in editions) of 200 or fewer that sculpture instructor Marianne O’Barr, are consecutively numbered by the author added that the works are beautiful and it’s and bear the signature of other identifying an honor to see and touch them. mark of same. “The Dead Don’t Sculpt” remains Since the Rodins at LCAD are described Arseneau’s cri du coeur, one intended to as being numbered and signed “A. Rodin,” override voices attesting that Rodin has RODIN, page 22 Ruling Revives Call for Banning Bags BYOB may be redeﬁ ned By Rita Robinson | LB Indy At most local grocery stores, custom-ers who bring in their own bags are still the odd-man-out. But a decision by the California Supreme Court earlier this month that upholds Manhattan Beach’s ban on plastic bags could require shoppers in Laguna to bring their own bag. “We’re moving ahead to ban plastic bags,” Councilwoman Jane Egly, liaison to the council-appointed Environmental Committee, said this week. “We’re already working on our agenda bill.” If passed, the ban won’t be immediate, Egly said, but will likely provide a transition period for stores to either phase out or start charging for both plastic and paper bags. “I want to get rid of the plastic bags, charge or no charge,” she vowed, adding that she still uses the recycled-plastic bags she handed out at Halloween three years ago during a re-election campaign. Laguna considered a plastic bag ban in 2008, but decided to hold off until the lawsuit against Manhattan Beach was re-solved. Save the Plastic Bag Coalition sued Manhattan Beach, arguing that barring BAGS, page 22 Water Quality Unchanged by Fireworks By Ted Reckas | LB Indy Ocean water sampling in Laguna Beach after the July 4 holiday, ordered as a result of regulations believed to be the ﬁ rst of its kind in the nation, showed no signiﬁ cant impact, city ofﬁ cials said this week. Laguna’s water ofﬁ cials expect to issue a FIREWORKS, page 3 Inside A&E Calendar Town Crier Letters to Editor Limelight Arts & Entertainment Street Beat Sports 2 4 6 8 12 16 18 Check out ﬂ amenco dancing at the Festival of Arts. See Indy on Arts, pg 2 Inside Coastal Real Estate Guide: See what Coast Sotheby’s agent Chris Guziak loves about living in Mystic Hills. TODAY’S REAL DEALS SEE PAGE 5 FOR MORE INFO INSTANT INDY: get the weekly summary of the new edition. Sign up at lbindy.com.