Visual arts

This undated photo provided by Christie's Images Ltd. 2018, shows a painting by David Hockney entitled "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)." Christie's expects the painting to set a new record for a work by a living artist sold at auction, in their November 2018 sale. The previous record was held by Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog," which sold for $58.4 million in 2013. (Christie's Images Ltd. 2018 via AP)
September 13, 2018 - 2:06 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A painting by the British artist David Hockney is expected to sell for some $80 million at Christie's, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction. Hockney's 1972 "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)," one of his famous "pool paintings," is...
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September 12, 2018 - 10:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A new government study finds that fiction reading is down, poetry is up and adult Americans are renewing their interest in museums, arts festivals and the performing arts. On Wednesday, the National Endowment for the Arts published "U.S. Trends in Arts Attendance and Literary...
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September 10, 2018 - 8:38 am
BERLIN (AP) — German officials say they have identified four artworks that were kept by the sister of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt as looted art. The German Lost Art Foundation said Monday the drawings by Charles Dominique Joseph Eisen, Augustin de Saint-Aubin and Anne Vallayer-Coster were...
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September 07, 2018 - 12:54 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine if Marc Chagall was the artist of a painting that a man allegedly tried to smuggle into Poland from Ukraine. Marta Szpakowska of the Treasury Office in Lublin said Friday that if the painting turns out to be a Chagall, it would be one of the...
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September 06, 2018 - 7:27 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ahead of its first anniversary, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa says it is committed to transparency after the executive director's resignation and questions about governance. Brooke Minto, a director of the museum on the Cape Town waterfront, says the leadership...
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The National Museum, seen from above, stands gutted after an overnight fire in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. A huge fire engulfed Brazil’s 200-year-old museum, lighting up the night sky with towering flames as firefighters and museum workers raced to save historical relics from the blaze. (AP Photo/Mario Lobao)
September 03, 2018 - 6:42 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Firefighters dug through the burned-out hulk of Brazil's National Museum on Monday, a day after flames gutted the building, as the country mourned the irreplaceable treasures lost and pointed fingers over who was to blame. The museum held Latin America's largest collection of...
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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2017 file photo, an employee poses with Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" on display at Christie's auction rooms in London. Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism announced Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, that the unveiling of the "Salvator Mundi" at the Louvre Abu Dhabi has been indefinitely postponed. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
September 03, 2018 - 4:10 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci's painting "Salvator Mundi" at the Louvre Abu Dhabi has been indefinitely postponed, authorities said Monday. Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism announced the delay on Twitter, saying "more details will be announced...
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Police and passersby surround a statue showing Turkish President Erdogan which is part of the art festival 'Wiesbaden Biennale' in Wiesbaden, western Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
August 29, 2018 - 4:55 am
BERLIN (AP) — A golden statue of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that was installed at an art festival whose motto is "Bad news" has been taken down after authorities in the German city of Wiesbaden said it was becoming a security issue. The dpa news agency reported that the 4-meter (13-foot...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 1989 file photo two East German border guards patrolled atop of Berlin Wall with the illuminated Brandenburg Gate in background, in Berlin. An artist collective plan to rebuild the Berlin wall during an art project in Berlin in October. (AP Photo/Jockel Finck, file)
August 28, 2018 - 8:41 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German capital is getting its infamous Berlin Wall back — at least for four weeks. A group of artists said Tuesday they're planning to build a facsimile of the wall around a downtown Berlin block in mid-October. Visitors of the art installation need to buy "visas" online for 15...
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Police and passersby surround a statue showing Turkish President Erdogan which is part of the art festival 'Wiesbaden Biennale' in Wiesbaden, western Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
August 28, 2018 - 7:35 am
BERLIN (AP) — A golden effigy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan evoking the famous statue of Saddam Hussein has been erected in a central German city as part of an art festival whose motto is "bad news." The larger-than-life statue in the central German city of Wiesbaden depicts Erdogan...
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