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Famed Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer dies

Famed Elvis photographer Alfred Wertheimer dies in New York
Linda Deutsch, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Alfred Wertheimer, the photographer whose portraits of Elvis Presley documented the birth of a music legend, has died.

Wertheimer, who was 85, died of natural causes Sunday at his New York apartment, said Chris Murray, who owns Washington, D.C's Govinda Gallery which counts Wertheimer among its artists.

George Lucas fills in details on Chicago museum

George Lucas fills in details on art and movie museum, including why he chose Chicago
The Associated Press

CHICAGO - George Lucas is filling in some details on his planned art and movie memorabilia museum, including how the California native settled on Chicago as a location over San Francisco.

It was his wife's idea.

The "Star Wars" creator told the Chicago Ideas Week forum on Friday that wife Mellody Hobson, a Chicago native and prominent businesswoman, had enough after four years of what he described as "doodling around" by San Francisco.

"Don't worry. I'll talk to the mayor. I'm sure he'll love it," she told him, according to Lucas.

Paris sculpture removed after vandals strike

Inflatable 'Tree' artwork that caused scandal in Paris taken down after overnight vandalism
The Associated Press

PARIS - A controversial green art installation on Paris' tony Place Vendome has been taken down after being vandalized overnight.

The inflatable sculpture called "Tree" vaguely resembled a Christmas tree but evoked for others, including its creator, the artist Paul McCarthy, a giant anal sex toy.

Guide wires holding the sculpture in place were severed by vandals sometime overnight, according to French media reports. The sculpture was deflated and folded up on Saturday.

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