Latest Visual arts News

US government seeks to recover painting stolen by Nazis

Oct. 19, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government wants a federal judge to facilitate returning a painting stolen by the Nazis during World War II to the heirs of a renowned Jewish art collector. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman announced the effort Friday. He wants to give back the 1639 painting by Salomon Koninck to the...

Got $7.1 M? Neiman Marcus tops 2018 fantasy gifts with yacht

Oct. 19, 2018 3:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Need a $7.1 million yacht? How about jumping out of a plane on a top secret spy mission with a $315,000 price tag? Perhaps a backyard luxury clubhouse sounds better, or a million pieces of candy. No matter your taste, if you've got big bucks this is your time of year. The Dallas-based...

Turkish photographer Ara Guler dead at 90

Oct. 18, 2018 7:28 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Ara Guler, an acclaimed Turkish journalist and photographer known as "the Eye of Istanbul" for his iconic black-and-white pictures of the city and its residents, has died. He was 90. The Florence Nightingale Hospital in Istanbul said that Guler died of heart and respiratory failure late...

FBI: Sotheby's defrauded of $5 million in auction scheme

Oct. 17, 2018 2:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A fine art consultant in New York and an interior designer in Florida stole an elderly woman's identity and used it to bid millions of dollars on famous paintings and defraud the renowned Sotheby's auction house, federal prosecutors allege in court filings. Joakim von Ditmar and Antonio...

Win for Jeter: Marlins' home run sculpture will be moved

Oct. 16, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins' home run sculpture is outta here. The team won county permission Tuesday to move the kitschy, widely disliked Red Grooms sculpture out of Marlins Park to the plaza outside the ballpark. The vote was a victory for Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, who can now remove from the ballpark...

$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....

Rembrandt's Night Watch to get restoration in Amsterdam

Oct. 16, 2018 3:53 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Rembrandt van Rijn's Golden Age masterpiece The Night Watch is getting a makeover. Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum announced Tuesday that it will restore its most famous painting, starting next year in a project that will be open to the public and viewable online. Rijksmusem General Director Taco...

The Latest: Judge withholds Confederate vandalism punishment

Oct. 15, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a University of North Carolina student accused of vandalizing a Confederate monument (all times local): 5:30 p.m. A judge has declined to punish a University of North Carolina graduate student who admitted to splashing red ink on a Confederate statue on...

Paul Stanley: Kiss farewell tour could include ex-members

Oct. 15, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — It won't be all night, but former members of Kiss might get the chance to rock 'n' roll with the band one last time. Kiss frontman Paul Stanley says the band's (second) farewell tour could include former members performing onstage. In an interview in Atlantic City where he was...

Annual black heritage visual exhibit opens at Ohio museum

Oct. 13, 2018 12:45 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An annual Ohio art show will once again highlight black history and culture through several artistic mediums. The fifth annual Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms exhibit opens Saturday at the Ohio History Center in Columbus. The juried show runs through January and features 69...