Latest Visual arts News

Recreating Marilyn Monroe’s iconic outfits in ‘Blonde’

Sep. 27, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

Marilyn Monroe’s on-screen costumes are almost as iconic as her. Think of the hot pink strapless gown she wore to sing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Or the white halter cocktail dress that billowed up over a subway grate in “The Seven Year Itch.” They have been...

Workers at Philadelphia Museum of Art begin walkout

Sep. 26, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Workers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art began a strike Monday citing wage and health care issues as the institution said it would remain open during the walkout. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the union representing about 180 of the museum's...

Rare Rembrandt drawings on display at NC museum

Sep. 26, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — After years of anticipation, a collection of rarely exhibited drawings by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn is now on display at the Ackland Art Museum. The Ackland’s newest exhibit, “Drawn to Life: Master Drawings from the Age of Rembrandt in the Peck...

Revolutionary Black portrait exhibition opens at UVa

Sep. 24, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — During the Jim Crow era, when minstrel shows and racist caricatures accounted for nearly all visual representations of Black people, hundreds of Black Virginians from Charlottesville, Albemarle County and Nelson County commissioned distinguished self-portraits that...

UK government lifts fracking ban despite opposition

Sep. 22, 2022 09:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government confirmed Thursday that it's lifting a ban on fracking in England, arguing that the move will help boost the country's energy security amid Russia's war in Ukraine. Prime Minister Liz Truss announced within days of taking office earlier this month...

Australia holds day of mourning for queen with art, flowers

Sep. 22, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia honored the late Queen Elizabeth II with a national day of mourning Thursday, including dignitaries placing sprigs of golden wattle in a wreath at Parliament House, which she had opened on one of her visits three decades ago. The focus at the...

Brad Pitt, Nick Cave make surprise art debut in Finland

Sep. 20, 2022 10:56 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Hollywood's Brad Pitt and Australian musician Nick Cave have debuted as artists in an exhibition in Finland that displays sculptures and ceramics created by the movie star and the singer-songwriter. The Sara Hilden Art Museum, located in the southern Finnish city of...

Immersive Claude Monet exhibit planned for NYC this fall

Sep. 19, 2022 10:47 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Acres of water lilies will bloom on Wall Street this fall, at least digitally. A massive, immersive exhibition celebrating French artist Claude Monet will make its U.S. debut in downtown New York starting in November, promising a multisensory experience that puts...

NC guild creates quilts to comfort people in need

Sep. 19, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

SHELBY, N.C. (AP) — Each month, a group of quilters gathers to work on service projects, participate in workshops, swap quarters, hold demonstrations and attend conferences. The purpose of the Foothills Quilters Guild is to preserve and promote the art of quilting and to provide...

Louisiana artist preserves gators through ‘fish rubbing’ art

Sep. 18, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The destination was marked only by a pin on her GPS map, a pin that landed her on a levee in the middle of nowhere. Leslie Charleville glanced behind her, where a bayou flowed to who-knows-where. In front of her were the murky waters of a Louisiana swamp...