Latest Sculpture News

Ground zero art exhibit featuring Saudi flag to be moved

Jan. 14, 2019 5:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An art exhibit installed on the grounds of the World Trade Center that features a giant candy sculpture wrapped in the Saudi flag will be relocated following complaints from 9/11 victims groups, the agency that oversees the site said Monday. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey...

'McJesus' sculpture sparks outrage among Israel's Christians

Jan. 14, 2019 1:08 PM EST

HAIFA, Israel (AP) — An art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald has sparked protests by the country's Arab Christian minority. Hundreds of Christians calling for the removal of the sculpture, entitled "McJesus," demonstrated at the museum in the northern city of Haifa last week. Israeli...

Stolen purple penguin statue returned to hotel museum

Jan. 4, 2019 6:38 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A large purple penguin statue that was swiped from a hotel in Oklahoma City apparently managed to waddle back home after police released surveillance camera images of a man with the $3,000 piece of art tucked under his arm. Oklahoma City police on Friday announced that the statue,...

Helped by Beyonce clip, Paris' Louvre breaks visitor record

Jan. 3, 2019 12:22 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, received a record 10.2 million visitors in 2018, numbers boosted by a video clip shot by pop star Beyonce amid its paintings and sculptures. The Louvre also mentioned in a statement Thursday the success of its flagship exhibition on French...

Museum acquires statue, complete with glitter, nail polish

Dec. 21, 2018 11:10 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An impressive marble sculpture of the first king of Israel, which disappeared from public view for 150 years, has been acquired by a North Carolina art museum from a boarding school in England. But before the sculpture titled "Saul Under the Influence of Evil" is installed in the...

Getty museum says it has right to keep prized Greek statue

Dec. 5, 2018 10:23 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has vowed to assert its right to keep an important Greek statue after Italy's highest court rejected its appeal of a ruling ordering the artwork returned to Italy. The Court of Cassation confirmed Wednesday the appeal had been rejected Nov. 30. The court...

Revamped museum takes new look at Belgium's colonial past

Dec. 5, 2018 9:57 AM EST

TERVUREN, Belgium (AP) — For decades, Belgian schoolchildren had come to the Africa Museum near Brussels to marvel at the stuffed animals, drums, ritual masks and minerals that glowed in the darkness of vast cellars. Old colonialists lounged for languid lunches, reminiscing about their glorious past....

$1.3 million in illegal ivory seized from San Diego gallery

Nov. 30, 2018 4:22 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego gallery owner and his employee were arrested for allegedly trafficking in ivory after a sting operation in which authorities say they seized more than 300 pieces worth $1.3 million. City Attorney Mara W. Elliott said the Carlton Gallery in San Diego's tony La Jolla neighborhood...

Minimalist American sculptor Robert Morris dies at age 87

Nov. 30, 2018 6:24 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — American sculptor Robert Morris, one of the founders of the minimalist movement that emerged in the 1960s, has died. He was 87. The Castelli Gallery, which is currently exhibiting his work, confirmed that Morris died Wednesday of pneumonia in Kingston, New York. Morris studied art at the...