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Businessman-art collector Leonard A. Lauder writing memoir

Aug. 22, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Leonard A. Lauder, chairman emeritus of the Estee Lauder Companies, is working on a memoir about the cosmetics company that his mother founded and he helped build into an international empire. HarperCollins Publishers announced Thursday that Lauder's book will come out next year. It's...

Will populist politics undo a renaissance at Italy's Uffizi?

Aug. 13, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — To protect the masterpieces at the Uffizi Galleries, the Florence museum's director climbed a ladder and hurled an employee's bicycle down at a sheet of glass specially made to keep prized pieces such as Botticelli's "Spring" and "Birth of Venus" safe from vandals. The nearly...

Prosecutor: Boy lifted, thrown from UK museum in single move

Aug. 6, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A youth court in London ordered a teenager held on an attempted murder charge Tuesday for allegedly throwing a 6-year-old boy from a viewing area at the top of the British capital's Tate Modern museum. The French boy was only a short distance from his parents Sunday when he was picked up and...

Whitney Museum trustee, tied to tear gas, quits amid protest

Jul. 25, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The vice chairman of New York's Whitney Museum of American Art resigned Thursday, days after eight artists asked to withdraw their work from a biennial exhibition over his ownership of a company that makes tear gas. "It is with great sadness and disappointment that I inform you of my...

Artists struggle to save Haiti museum after 2010 earthquake

Jul. 19, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Franck Louissaint sighed and frowned as he stepped onto his patio and flung aside shower curtains protecting a painting by a former voodoo priest who became a renowned Haitian artist. The painting from the 1960s once depicted a seemingly joyous voodoo spirit known as a loa, but...

Louvre in Paris removes Sackler name after opioid protests

Jul. 18, 2019 7:21 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's Louvre Museum in Paris has become the first major institution to remove the Sackler family name after protests erupted against the family that is blamed for the deadly opioid crisis in the United States. At the Louvre's Oriental Antiquities gallery, an Associated Press photographer...

California exhibit paints Ed Hardy as artist, tattoo pioneer

Jul. 12, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When people hear the name Ed Hardy, they likely think of the flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing that rocketed to popularity in the 2000s, appearing on the likes of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and cast members from the reality TV show "Jersey Shore." Others recognize Hardy as...

Missing treasure: Delacroix canvas rediscovered, now on sale

Jun. 27, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It's been hanging on people's walls for almost 170 years without drawing much attention, but a painting showing a group of women has turned out to be more than meets the eye. The most recent owner of the picture, a Parisian woman, has found out that what she has is a long-forgotten painting by...