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Galliano native makes art into a career

Aug. 14, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Dirk Guidry left his native Galliano in 2005 to pursue an art degree at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and has since made a career out of his passion for painting. “It’s good, especially since I’m only 35, so I would have never imagined sustaining...

Agent: Rushdie off ventilator and talking, day after attack

Aug. 13, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — “The Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie was taken off a ventilator and able to talk Saturday, a day after he was stabbed as he prepared to give a lecture in upstate New York. Rushdie remained hospitalized with serious injuries, but fellow author Aatish...

Getty Museum in LA to return illegally exported art to Italy

Aug. 11, 2022 23:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is returning ancient sculptures and other works of art that were illegally exported from Italy, the museum announced Thursday. The Getty will return a nearly life-size group of Greek terra-cotta sculptures known as...

Tehran unveils Western art masterpieces hidden for decades

Aug. 11, 2022 03:56 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Some of the world’s most prized works of contemporary Western art have been unveiled for the first time in decades — in Tehran. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-line cleric, rails against the influence of the West. Authorities have lashed out at...

Brazil police recover art masterpieces stolen in elderly con

Aug. 10, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday were seeking the arrest of six people accused of involvement in stealing 16 artworks together valued at more than 700 million reais ($139 million), some of which were recovered. Police said in a statement that the group...

Reviving Mexico's groundbreaking muralism a century later

Aug. 10, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

POXINDEJE, Mexico (AP) — A painter in orange overalls touches up the image of a hand holding a rifle while an artist perched on scaffolding painstakingly places bits of colorful ceramic in a mosaic of a guerrilla fighter. The artists aren't just decorating a wall: Together, they...

Young Gaza artist was among those killed in Israeli strikes

Aug. 10, 2022 12:50 PM EDT

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — When Israeli bombs began falling last week, 22-year-old Duniana al-Amour ran into her room and tried to escape into her art and drawing, just as she had during Gaza's past wars. But this time around, her pencil never met the paper. An...

Pioneering art collection returns to Zimbabwe after 70 years

Aug. 10, 2022 05:27 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — For the first time in his life, Gift Livingstone Sango, 65, saw a painting by his father depicting Jesus as a Black man. “My father used to draw Jesus as Black because God is for all of us. He is not a God of color,” said Sango. The...

CEO selling NFTs of Confederate monuments he took down

Aug. 07, 2022 09:05 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After removing the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond and nearly two dozen other statues across the city and state, Devon Henry is seeking to raise money for charity by selling digital artwork inspired by their removal in the cryptocurrency market. ...

‘Something beautiful’: Husband, wife paint Cumberland mural

Aug. 07, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The Cumberland area before development is featured in a mural currently being painted downtown by a husband and wife team. The art is located on the outdoor wall of Allegany Pawn at the corner of Centre Street and the downtown pedestrian mall in an area used...