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Master printer helps Kansas City artists look their best

Sep. 20, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Sims is a bit emotional. As he prepares to celebrate 40 years of working with an array of acclaimed artists, the master printer admits it's overwhelming. "Huge memories, yeah," Sims said, shaking his head. "The biggest memories are the relationships with the artists, many of...

AP Exclusive: US helping Venezuela's Guaido track stolen art

Sep. 19, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. officials are investigating the suspected looting of valuable European and Latin American artwork they believe is being quietly plundered by Venezuelan government insiders as Nicolas Maduro struggles to maintain his grip on power. The U.S. Treasury in recent months has sought...

Nebraska community may proclaim itself 'a city of arts'

Sep. 18, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

FALLS CITY, Neb. (AP) — Falls City officials are considering declaring their community "a city of arts." Station KNCY reports that the City Council is expected to make a proclamation next month. The southeast Nebraska community claims Saturday Evening Post illustrator John Falter as a native son, as well...

Amsterdam museum presents results of 5-year Chagall research

Sep. 13, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — For much of Russian-French Modernist painter Marc Chagall's life, which took him from a tiny village in rural Russia to St. Petersburg, Paris and New York, he remained remarkably faithful to eight pigments in his colorful works, according to new research unveiled Friday at Amsterdam's...

Democrats step on shaky political ground with fracking bans

Sep. 11, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Several Democratic presidential candidates are running on a promise to ban fracking — and stepping on unstable political ground as they do so. An all-out prohibition on the controversial natural gas extraction process — backed by Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth...

Groundbreaking photographer Robert Frank dies at age 94

Sep. 10, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Frank, a giant of 20th-century photography whose seminal book "The Americans" captured singular, candid moments of the 1950s and helped free picture-taking from the boundaries of clean lighting and linear composition, has died. He was 94. Frank died Monday in Inverness, on Cape...

Bob Ross pieces came out of hiding and wound up in Virginia

Sep. 8, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

PURCELLVILLE, Va. (AP) — His soothing voice swaddled you like a cozy blanket. "We don't make mistakes, we make happy accidents," Bob Ross calmly reassured viewers while crafting his signature landscape paintings on "The Joy of Painting," his long-running PBS show. Now, those "happy accidents" that made the...

Siriano brings art to the runway in glittery pop-art party

Sep. 7, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion lovers argue that it's not only a business but also a true art, and Christian Siriano made that argument in a literal way on Saturday by bringing an actual artist to his runway, putting the finishing touches on her paintings as models strutted by. Artist Ashley Longshore went from...

Artist returns from NYC for Columbus' 'renaissance'

Sep. 7, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Julianna Wells grew up in the kind of place where deer roamed freely. Her doorbell would ring in the middle of the night, and the person on the other side would often need her father's help. She lived "in the middle of the woods, surrounded by wildlife and miles of forest." "...Someone...

Mexicans mourn painter Francisco Toledo, defender of culture

Sep. 6, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans left candles and flowers at impromptu offerings Friday for expressionist painter Francisco Toledo a day after his death at age 79, remembering an artist respected for his fights to preserve historic sites and green spaces. In a country where politicians talk endlessly about...