Latest Visual arts News

Sorrow revisited: Re-creating Katrina's muck in New Orleans

Mar. 20, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Patches of black mold on the ceiling. Water marks on the dingy walls. Toys, furniture and a baby grand piano tossed about and covered in a gray muck. The busted floodwall behind the long-abandoned house in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood was mended over a decade ago but the house...

UK gallery, Sackler Trust agree not to proceed with donation

Mar. 20, 2019 6:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's National Portrait Gallery says it won't move ahead with a 1 million pound ($1.3 million) donation from the charitable arm of a family embroiled in the U.S. opioid crisis. The gallery and the Sackler Trust issued a joint statement saying the gift for the museum's Inspiring People...

'Both sides of the binary:' Exhibit explores gender, fashion

Mar. 19, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When actor Billy Porter unveiled his combination tuxedo-ball gown at the Oscars last month, it got people talking. Porter, the black and gay breakout star of the FX series "Pose," had bucked traditional Academy Award attire — fancy frocks for the ladies and basic tuxedos for men. A...

Man linked to largest art heist in history freed from prison

Mar. 18, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A reputed Connecticut mobster who federal authorities believe is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in history criticized government officials Monday as he adjusted to being back home after finishing a four-year prison sentence for weapons crimes. Robert...

The Latest: Officials say man linked to heist not mistreated

Mar. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the release from prison of reputed Connecticut mobster who federal authorities believe has information on a still-unsolved heist of $500 million worth of artwork from a Boston museum (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Federal prison officials say there is no evidence to...

Library opens archive dedicated to rocker Lou Reed

Mar. 18, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Public Library has opened an archive dedicated to pioneering alternative rock musician Lou Reed. The library acquired the archive after performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson, who was married to Reed, decided to share it with an institution that could preserve and...

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Mar. 16, 2019 4:44 AM EDT

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes an environmental mission in the Indian Ocean near the Seychelles; mourners...

Recovered de Kooning painting back in the spotlight

Mar. 15, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — More than 30 years after it was brazenly stolen from an Arizona museum, a painting by Willem de Kooning reportedly worth $100 million is going on display back where it all began. The University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson is throwing a fundraiser and homecoming party of sorts for...

Exhibit explores keen senses, abilities of man's best friend

Mar. 15, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Did people domesticate dogs or was it the other way around? And why do these two species seem to think so much alike, act so much alike and get along so well? The California Science Center has spent the past five years sniffing out the answers to those and hundreds of other vexing canine...

Italian police identify 6 suspects in fake Modigliani show

Mar. 13, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's art police say they have identified six suspects in connection with a 2017 Modigliani exhibit that was comprised mostly of fakes. The Carabinieri art squad announced Wednesday that the suspects include an artist who may have counterfeited works of Amedeo Modigliani, two collectors,...