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Boston's Museum of Fine Arts reaches labor deal with workers

Jun. 28, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Employees at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts ratified their first labor deal Tuesday, becoming the latest prestigious art institution to protect workers with a union contract. The collective bargaining agreement is the first since museum workers voted to join the...

AP PHOTOS: The iPhone at 15, through pro photographers' eyes

Jun. 28, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

This week marks 15 years since the iPhone first went on sale and ushered in a new era: the age of the smartphone. It’s hard to imagine today how different mobile access was before that evening of June 29, 2007. The internet in your pocket didn’t look like, well, the internet....

Folk Art Museum offers donors naming rights to CEO's title

Jun. 28, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Folk Art Museum, unlike many other arts institutions, managed to avoid layoffs and other cutbacks in the two years after the pandemic through a mix of fundraisers and increased donor contributions. On Tuesday, the museum plans to announce its largest...

Germany returns artifacts taken from 3 African nations

Jun. 27, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German officials said Monday that numerous priceless artifacts taken from African nations during colonial times will be permanently returned. Among the artifacts is a shell-studded statue of the mother goddess Ngonnso', which holds great spiritual significance for the...

AP PHOTOS: Hong Kong's last hand-painted porcelain factory

Jun. 26, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Step into Yuet Tung China Works, Hong Kong’s last remaining hand-painted porcelain factory, and you find yourself surrounded by stacks of dinnerware, each piece painstakingly decorated by hand with vibrant motifs of flowers, fruits and animals. Joseph Tso, the...

O’Keeffe strived to be close to New Mexico landscapes

Jun. 25, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

ABIQUIU, N.M. (AP) — In 1940s America, for a woman to go camping in the wilderness was virtually unheard of. Enter Georgia O’Keeffe. Determined to move as close to the New Mexico landscape as humanly possible, O’Keeffe went camping in Glen Canyon, Plaza Blanca...

Black Power Afro pick sculpture part of traveling exhibit

Jun. 25, 2022 01:06 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The gigantic steel sculpture of an Afro hair pick that appeared on St. Charles Avenue in the CBD last weekend is everything a public artwork ought to be. At 28 feet tall, the sculpture — decorated with a peace sign and topped by a clenched Black Power fist —...

FBI seizes disputed Basquiat artwork from Florida museum

Jun. 24, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

The FBI raided a Florida art museum on Friday and seized more than two dozen paintings attributed to artist Jean-Michel Basquiat following questions about their authenticity. Orlando Museum of Art spokeswoman Emilia Bourmas-Fry said in a statement that they were complying with a...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 24, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts mislead on photo of Zelenskyy...

Curators apologize for antisemitic work at German art show

Jun. 24, 2022 07:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The curators of a major art show in Germany have apologized for including a work featuring antisemitic elements that prompted an outcry at the event's opening this week. Organizers of the documenta fifteen show in Kassel ordered the banner by Indonesian collective...