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California’s Huntington Library gets rare slavery documents

Nov. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EST

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California’s Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens has acquired rare documents shedding light on anti-slavery efforts taking place before and during the Civil War The institution announced Wednesday it has acquired the ledgers of Quaker abolitionist...

Suspect in infamous $500M Boston art heist freed from prison

Nov. 14, 2019 8:30 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A man who was considered a suspect in the heist of about $500 million worth of artwork from a Boston museum has been released from prison. The Boston Globe reports that David Turner was freed on Wednesday after serving 21 years for his role in the 1999 planned armed robbery of an armored...

HBO doc peers into Ralph Lauren's rose-tinted American Dream

Nov. 12, 2019 3:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Of all the editors, fashion notables, filmmakers and cultural critics who opine on Ralph Lauren in the new documentary "Very Ralph," it's an unlikely voice who perhaps most succinctly describes the appeal of the Lauren empire. Kanye West says he was seeking a way to stand out early in his...

Google digitizes artworks in Puerto Rico for 1st time

Nov. 7, 2019 8:22 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The 1953 painting by Rafael Tufiño Figueroa features his mother with a red scarf on her head, a determined look on her face and heavy expression lines, a depiction of a working-class woman that broke from conventional portraits of the time that focused largely on wealthy...

Streep, Miranda and Stone are named as Met Gala co-chairs

Nov. 7, 2019 12:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Next year's Met Gala may be the closest we'll ever come to getting a Miranda Priestly moment at the starry event. Meryl Streep has been named as a co-chair of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. The Oscar-winner played Priestly, a thinly veiled fictional version of Vogue...

Weaving and fiber arts get the new MoMA treatment

Nov. 5, 2019 11:10 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Modestly sized but expansive in scope, the exhibit "Taking a Thread for a Walk" in the newly revamped and enlarged Museum of Modern Art explores the often overlooked art of weaving. With a nod to weaving in ancient times and at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, it goes on to tell how a...

Zac Posen, red carpet favorite, shuts down fashion label

Nov. 2, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Designer Zac Posen is shutting down his namesake label. Posen has been a red carpet favorite for close to two decades, known for glamorous, body-hugging gowns, often with long trains or big, flamboyant ruffles, for stars like Katie Holmes and Rihanna. An announcement from the label's...

From Paris, with love: Rodin's Thinker at Abu Dhabi Louvre

Oct. 29, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — His head bent down, chin resting on one hand, a furrowed brow and pressed lips: The Thinker, possibly one of the most famous sculptures of all time, has found a new home at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The bronze sculpture, on loan for a year from the Rodin Museum in Paris,...

Masterpiece found in French woman's kitchen sells for $26.6M

Oct. 27, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An old painting found in the kitchen of an elderly French woman, who considered it an icon of little importance, has made her a multimillionaire. The work, a masterpiece attributed to the 13th-century Italian painter Cimabue that was discovered earlier this year, sold for 24 million euros...

Da Vinci exhibition opens in Paris, proves a major success

Oct. 24, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Visitors are crowding into the Louvre museum in Paris to see a major retrospective of Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings. The exhibition of paintings, drawings and sketches opened Thursday to mark the 500th anniversary of the Italian master's death. The museum says 260,000 tickets have already been...