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Visitors to the National Museum walk past a new statue of the late pope, St. John Paul II, throwing a stone at a

Sculpture of John Paul II with rock, red water makes waves

Sep. 25, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new statue that depicts the late pope St. John Paul II throwing a boulder into red water has provoked debate in his native Poland and revived memories of a 1999 Italian sculpture that showed him crushed under a meteorite, to which the new work was intended as a counter-statement. ...

A skateboarder in front of the new Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Thursday Sept. 24, 2020. The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam has a shimmering new depot that is designed to open up the institution's engine room to the public. The mirrored building will give visitors access to the vast majority of the museum's collection of 151,000 art works that currently are stored out of the public eye. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

Mirrored depot will open Dutch museum's storage to public

Sep. 24, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — All the paintings, sculptures and other works that grace museums and galleries around the world are the visible tip of a huge art iceberg. Most of the institutions only have space to exhibit a fraction of their collections, meaning the majority of the art is locked away out of...

Sandro Botticelli's 15th-century painting called

Portrait by Renaissance master expected to soar past $80M

Sep. 24, 2020 6:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An enigmatic painting from Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli will go on auction next year and art watchers will be seeing if it fetches more than its eye-watering $80 million estimate, despite the pandemic. Botticelli’s 15th-century portrait of a nobleman in “Young Man...

Verdict against young artists in Sudan stirs controversy

Sep. 20, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese court's decision to send five young artists to prison has stirred controversy both in Sudan and abroad, with activists and rights groups calling for judicial reforms following last year's pro-democracy uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. The artists —...

This image provided by the Supreme Court, shows Joan Ruth Bader at two-years-old in 1935, at her home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States via AP)

Ginsburg to be remembered with statue in her native Brooklyn

Sep. 19, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A statue of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be built in her native Brooklyn, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday. Ginsburg died Friday of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. A legal trailblazer and champion of women’s rights, she...

Local people look at a bronze statue representing the U.S first lady Melania Trump made by Brad Downey, a Berlin-based U.S. artist, is erected in her birthplace of Sevnica, Slovenia, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, after a previous one, made in wood, was set alight. Melania Trump was born and grew up in Slovenia before moving abroad as a fashion model. (AP Photo)

Bronze statue of US first lady is unveiled in Slovenia

Sep. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

SEVNICA, Slovenia (AP) — A bronze statue representing U.S. first lady Melania Trump was unveiled Tuesday in her native Slovenia to replace a wooden one that was set on fire in July. The new sculpture is a replica of the original one by U.S. artist Brad Downey and placed near Trump's hometown of Sevnica, in...

FILE - This June 23, 2015, file photo shows a carving depicting Confederate Civil War figures Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, in Stone Mountain, Ga. An activist group has presented its plans for changes to Confederate imagery at Georgia's popular Stone Mountain Park, including a suggestion that it stop maintaining a colossal sculpture of Confederate leaders. Members of the Stone Mountain Action Coalition spoke Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at a meeting with board members of the association responsible for the park, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Group pushes changes to Confederate imagery at Georgia park

Sep. 15, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — An activist group has presented its plans for changes to Confederate imagery at Georgia's popular Stone Mountain Park, including a suggestion that it stop maintaining a colossal sculpture of Confederate leaders. Members of the Stone Mountain Action Coalition spoke Monday at a...

Black activists take Congolese statue from Dutch museum

Sep. 11, 2020 6:08 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In an action streamed live on Facebook, a group of activists took a Congolese funeral statue from a Dutch museum, saying they were recovering art looted during the colonial era. The activists were quickly arrested and the statue returned undamaged, the museum said Friday. The...

FILE - In this May 30, 2017, file photo, oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens poses for a photo on his Mesa Vista Ranch in the panhandle of Texas. Works of art depicting the American West and other items collected by the late Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens are expected to sell for more than $15 million at an auction. Christie's announced Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 that the auction will be held Oct. 28 in New York. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

Western art collected by T. Boone Pickens offered at auction

Sep. 10, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Works of art depicting the American West and other pieces collected by the late Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens are expected to sell at auction for more than $15 million. Christie's said Thursday that the auction will be held Oct. 28 in New York. Christie's said the art collection spans...

Police officers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus, walk in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea's coronavirus resurgence seems to slow

Sep. 9, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s new coronavirus cases have stayed below 200 for an eighth straight day, suggesting the recent viral resurgence is slowing amid stringent social distancing rules. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday it recorded 155 additional cases...