Latest Sculpture News

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...

Giant wooden troll removed in Colorado could get new home

Nov. 16, 2018 8:40 PM EST

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A huge wooden troll that proved to be too popular in a Colorado ski resort town is gone, but it's possible the artwork could find another home. Workers in Breckenridge used a chainsaw and backhoe to remove the 15-foot (4.5 meter) sculpture known as Isak Heartstone on Thursday....

Statue of Liberty's original torch moved to museum site

Nov. 15, 2018 4:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Statue of Liberty's original torch, which has been housed in the base of the statue since a replica replaced it in the 1980s, was moved across Liberty Island on Thursday to its new home in a museum that will open next year. Visitors watched as the base and the detached flame of the...

University officials remove Confederate-themed exhibit

Nov. 13, 2018 5:25 PM EST

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A private liberal arts university in Virginia says an exhibit that included depictions of Confederate statues has been removed after some students called the installation racist. News outlets report Mary Baldwin University administrators removed the exhibit titled "Relevant/Scrap" last...

Israeli artist mocks culture minister with life-size statue

Nov. 8, 2018 6:40 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli artist has placed a statue mocking Israel's controversial culture minister in one of Tel Aviv's major squares. Itay Zalait set up his depiction of Miri Regev wearing a white gown and gazing into a full-length mirror early Thursday. It comes as Regev, one of Prime Minister...

Giant heroin spoon left outside Massachusetts Statehouse

Oct. 26, 2018 12:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A giant heroin spoon sculpture that was placed outside a drugmaker's Connecticut headquarters last summer to protest the opioid overdose crisis made a brief stop at the Massachusetts Statehouse on Friday. The nearly 11-foot-long (3-meter-long), 4-foot-high (1-meter-high) steel sculpture of a...

$1,000 reward to nail thieves of California hammer sculpture

Oct. 16, 2018 3:01 PM EDT

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The artist who created an 800-pound (363 kilograms) sculpture of a hammer that was stolen from a Northern California community center is offering a $1,000 reward to nail the thieves. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Tuesday that Healdsburg artist Doug Unkrey made the offer....