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An excerpt from a new book that demonstrates that Los Angeles, surpassing New York and Chicago, is arguably the epicenter for African-American visual art.

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A new book celebrates Sabato Rodia's towers in Watts, a massive sculptural lifework of a whimsical eccentric, made from found objects and without power tools or scaffolding.

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For the past 22 years, the city of Santa Monica has had one of the most significant public political artworks in the nation, installed adjacent to the Santa Monica Civic Center in the tourism hub of this beachside town.For the past 22 years, the city of Santa Monica has had one of the most significant public political artworks in the nation.

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An assortment of sculptures once derided by the Nazis as prime examples of "degenerate art" -- complete with a Third Reich-sponsored show under that heading -- has been partly recovered and reunited for a comeback exhibit at Berlin's Neues Museum.

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Considering how feeble most public art is, this rather arresting piece by Italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan deserves some serious props, especially in light of its location -- within spitting distance of the Milan stock exchange.

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