Visual arts

A member of staff poses in front of a work of art by Banksy entitled 'Show Me The Monet" at Sotheby's auction house in London, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Banksy’s “Show Me the Monet” playful take on a famous Impressionist painting has sold to an unidentified bidder at auction on Wednesday evening Oct. 21, 2020, for 7.6 million pounds (US dollars 9.8 million). (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
October 22, 2020 - 3:30 am
LONDON (AP) — Banksy’s playful take on a famous Impressionist painting has sold at auction for 7.6 million pounds ($9.8 million), the second-highest price ever paid for a work by the British street artist. “Show Me the Monet” sold to an unidentified bidder at Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday...
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Artist Rob Mullen walks down Long Trail, the country's oldest long distance trail, in Manchester, Vt., on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Mullen was nearing the end of his 272-mile month-long hike down the length of Vermont, painting along the way. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
October 17, 2020 - 12:13 pm
MANCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — After hiking over 200 miles (320 kilometers) on the country's oldest long-distance trail, Rob Mullen had just 3 miles (5 kilometers) to go in the rain to meet up with his wife and father for a break. He kept dry with his foul weather gear as he walked down the trail with a...
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Acting U.S Attorney for the Northern District of New York, Antoinette T. Bacon, speaks at a repatriation ceremony for the painting "Winter" Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Albany, N.Y. The painting, discovered in an upstate New York museum, was part of a cache of art seized by the Nazis from the Mosse family in Berlin in 1933. (AP Photo/Michael Hill)
October 15, 2020 - 2:55 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A painting of two young, 19th-century skaters that was looted by Nazis from a Jewish family in 1933 and recently discovered at a small museum in upstate New York was returned Thursday after 87 years. The painting “Winter” by American artist Gari Melchers was part of a cache of...
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Congo-born Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza looks on after the verdict at the Paris Palace of Justice, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Diyabanza was fined 2,000 euros ($2,320) for trying to take a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum. He streamed the incident online in a protest against colonial-era injustice like the plundering of African art. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
October 14, 2020 - 9:40 am
PARIS (AP) — A Congolese activist was fined 2,000 euros ($2,320) on Wednesday for trying to take a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum in a protest against colonial-era injustice that he streamed online. A Paris court convicted Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza and two other activists of...
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This image released by ABC shows artwork by Kadir Nelson, showing the cast of "black-ish." When ABC decided the Johnsons of “black-ish” were due a portrait, it sought artist Kadir Nelson, a chronicler of contemporary African American experience and a fan of the sitcom. The result is a captivatingly sly oil-on-canvas work that depicts cast members including Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross in character as part of a riff on the “sipping tea” meme. Nelson said the approach fits a tumultuous year of racial reckoning and a devastating pandemic.  ABC's “black-ish” returns for its seventh season on Oct. 21, with the family portrait used for promoting the series. (Kadir Nelson/AB via AP)
October 13, 2020 - 3:10 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When ABC decided the Johnsons of “black-ish” were due a portrait, it sought an artist who understood the family's perspective. The task went to painter and illustrator Kadir Nelson, a chronicler of contemporary African American experience and an admirer of the sitcom. The result...
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October 12, 2020 - 4:54 am
PARIS (AP) — French police are questioning a man suspected of spraying swastikas near the Louvre museum in the center of the French capital, the Paris prosecutor's office said Monday. About 20 swastikas painted in red were discovered Sunday on columns of the famous Rivoli street in Paris. Photos...
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October 08, 2020 - 1:57 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A 700-year-old Chinese painted scroll from the Yuan Dynasty fetched 306.6 million Hong Kong dollars ($41.8 million) at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong. The 6.6-feet scroll, titled “Five Drunken Princes Returning on Horseback” is by Ren Renfa, a renowned Chinese artist and...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009 file photo, people walk by the Royal Opera House in central London. Britain’s Royal Opera House is selling a David Hockney painting of its former chief to help it stay afloat as coronavirus-related restrictions keep many U.K. performing arts venues shuttered. Christie’s auction house said Monday that “Portrait of Sir David Webster” will be offered for sale in London on Oct. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)
October 05, 2020 - 12:32 pm
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Royal Opera House is selling a David Hockney painting of its former chief to help it stay afloat as coronavirus-related restrictions keep many U.K. performing arts venues shuttered. Christie’s auction house said Monday that “Portrait of Sir David Webster” will be offered for...
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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2009, file photo, Elizabeth Alexander recites a poem during swearing-in ceremonies at the Capitol in Washington. Alexander is the president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which announced Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, it is spending $250 million on a five-year effort called the "Monuments Project" to reimagine monuments in public spaces. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
October 04, 2020 - 11:53 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At a time of intense scrutiny in America over who is commemorated in public parks or in front of courthouses, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced Monday it is spending $250 million over five years to build new monuments or memorials, add context to already existing ones and...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 17, 2008 file photo, Belgium's Queen Paola and King Albert II pose for photographers at the Royal Palace in Laeken, Belgium. Artist and sculptor Delphine Boel is on the cusp of officially becoming a Belgian princess after a Brussels court on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 ruled in her favor in a decades-old royal paternity scandal pitting her against former King Albert II. (AP PhotoVirginia Mayo, File)
October 01, 2020 - 3:23 pm
Artist and sculptor Delphine Boel is on the cusp of officially becoming a Belgian princess after a Brussels court ruled in her favor Thursday in a decades-old royal paternity scandal pitting her against former King Albert II. Her lawyer, Alain de Jonghe, confirmed in a telephone interview with The...
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