Latest Visual arts News

Man exonerated after 45 years sells his prison art to get by

Jan. 18, 2019 12:23 PM EST

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Richard Phillips said he didn't mope much during the 45 years he wrongfully spent in prison. He painted watercolors in his cell: warm landscapes, portraits of famous people like Mother Teresa, vases of flowers, a bassist playing jazz. "I didn't actually think I'd ever be free again....

Banksy mural on garage in Wales sold but will stay in place

Jan. 18, 2019 7:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British art dealer says he has bought a mural stenciled by street artist Banksy on a garage wall in Wales for more than 100,000 pounds ($129,000). The artwork in Port Talbot shows a child playing in falling ash from a dumpster fire, an apparent reference to the steel town's air pollution....

Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy family

Jan. 17, 2019 5:50 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Sackler name is emblazoned on the walls at some of the world's great museums and universities, including the Smithsonian, the Guggenheim and Harvard. But now the family's ties to OxyContin and the painkiller's role in the deadly opioid crisis are bringing the Sacklers a new and unwanted...

Study of Leonardo's 1st landscape finds he had 2nd thoughts

Jan. 17, 2019 1:37 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The first-ever scientific study of the oldest known drawing by Leonardo da Vinci has found that he added details to an earlier sketch of a countryside landscape, said the Uffizi Galleries, whose collections include the fragile work. The Galleries said the 1473 "Landscape Drawing for Santa Maria...

AP Exclusive: A peek at how Disney resort shows are made

Jan. 17, 2019 8:24 AM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — With excitement building over a new "Star Wars" land opening later this year at Walt Disney World, as well as at its California cousin, it's easy to forget a slew of new entertainment shows also are debuting in the biggest year for the Florida theme park resort in two decades....

Theft of church painting puzzles Belgian police

Jan. 16, 2019 1:55 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — It's probably not a long-lost painting by Michelangelo. It almost certainly wasn't stolen by a sophisticated gang of international art thieves. But the disappearance of a painting that a priest claimed resembled a work by the Renaissance master has Belgian investigators scratching their...

South Korea stops paintings brought from North Korea

Jan. 16, 2019 5:58 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials said Wednesday they have stopped businessmen from bringing North Korean paintings into the country that a report said were purchased at an art studio under U.N. sanctions. Observers say similar incidents could occur frequently as South Korea's liberal...

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...

Provocative Russian protester convicted for French bank fire

Jan. 11, 2019 3:58 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French court has convicted a controversial Russian performance artist for setting fire to an office of France's central bank. A judicial official said Friday that Pyotr Pavlensky was sentenced to a year in prison plus a two-year suspended sentence. However, the judge allowed him to walk free...