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Review: In 'Painter and the Thief,' an unlikely friendship

May. 20, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

The documentary “The Painter and the Thief” has a few wrinkles to add to the old Picasso adage that great artists steal. “The Painter and the Thief,” by Norwegian filmmaker Benjamin Ree, is about a Czech painter, Barbora Kysilkova, who has two of her paintings stolen from an Oslo...

Raffle organizers Peri Cochin, left, and Arabenne Reille unbox the painting

"Incredible:" Italian woman wins 1-million-euro Picasso

May. 20, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — An Italian accountant whose son bought her the raffle ticket as a Christmas present won a Pablo Picasso oil painting valued at 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in a charity draw Wednesday. Claudia Borgogno summed up her amazement in one word: “Incredible.” “I have never won...

Visitors wearing a face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 admire statues in the Rome Capitoline Museums, including the second century A.D. Roman marble statue

UN agency warns pandemic could kill 1 in 8 museums worldwide

May. 19, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Museums are starting to reopen in some countries as governments ease coronavirus restrictions, but experts warn one in eight worldwide could face permanent closure due to the pandemic. Studies by UNESCO and the International Council of Museums show 90% of the planet's museums, some 85,000...

Raffle organizers Peri Cochin, left, and Arabenne Reille put the painting

An antidote to coronavirus blues? A Picasso on your wall

May. 19, 2020 6:44 AM EDT

LE PECQ, France (AP) — How’s this as an antidote for coronavirus blues: A genuine painting by Pablo Picasso on your wall. After an eight-week delay caused by France’s COVID-19 lockdown, the Christie’s auction house in Paris is hosting a raffle draw Wednesday for “Nature...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen disembark from Air Force Two upon their arrival at Rome's Ciampino airport. Karen Pence says it’s OK to not be OK during the coronavirus pandemic.  While Vice President Mike Pence runs the White House coronavirus task force, his wife is leading a parallel effort to help people deal with anxiety and other unsettling emotions brought on by the pandemic.(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Karen Pence: 'It's OK to not be OK' during pandemic

May. 14, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence says it’s OK to not be OK during the coronavirus pandemic. While Vice President Mike Pence runs the White House coronavirus task force, his wife is leading a parallel effort to help people deal with anxiety and other unsettling emotions brought on by the pandemic. Two...

In this Wednesday, April 29, 2020, photo, Brooklyn-based baseball artist Graig Kreindler poses with two of his paintings of Babe Ruth, both unfinished, in the lobby of his residence in New York. Over 200 of Kreindler's paintings form the bulk of the exhibit

Baseball artists, writers shut out by coronavirus pandemic

May. 4, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Anika Orrock was all warmed up for her big pitch. On the mound at Yankee Stadium, tossing out the ceremonial first ball. On Tuesday night, though, the baseball illustrator and cartoonist will be far from the Bronx. Instead of starting off the Pirates-Yankees game, she’ll be back in...

FILE - In this May 1985 file photo, American artist Andrew Wyeth poses with his wife Betsy at an unknown location in front of his paintings

Betsy Wyeth, widow and muse of Andrew Wyeth, dies at 98

Apr. 22, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

CHADDS FORD, Pa. (AP) — Betsy James Wyeth, the widow, business manager and muse of painter Andrew Wyeth, died Tuesday at age 98, according to the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, which she helped found. She was a guiding force throughout her husband’s career, documenting...

FILE - This image released by the Gronninger Museum on Monday March 30, 2020, shows Dutch master Vincent van Gogh's painting titled

Video shows thief stole van Gogh painting with sledgehammer

Apr. 22, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — All it took was a few sturdy swings with a sledgehammer and a prized painting by Vincent van Gogh was gone. A Dutch crime-busting television show has aired security camera footage showing how an art thief smashed his way through reinforced glass doors at a museum in the early...

'The spirit of democracy' Exhibit explores American voting

Apr. 1, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When Louisville civil rights leader Mattie Jones attempted to vote in an election in Mississippi in the 1950s, she had to pay a poll tax, pass a literacy test and sing the Star-Spangled Banner. When she sang the national anthem off-key, Jones was denied the right to vote. More than...

This image released by the Gronninger Museum on Monday March 30, 2020, shows Dutch master Vincent van Gogh's painting titled

Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum closed by virus

Mar. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday. The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam said “The Parsonage Garden at...