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No crowds delight art lovers in Italy at reopened museums

Jun. 4, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — The Uffizi Galleries, the most-visited museum in Italy, is open after three months of COVID-19 lockdown, delighting art lovers who don’t have to jostle with throngs of tourists thanks to new social distancing rules. Uffizi director Eike Schmidt told The Associated Press on...

Rijksmuseum director Taco Dibbits, standing in front of Bartholomeus Spanger's

In COVID-19 darkness, gift of a `Moment of Light' to museum

Jun. 3, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — If not for the pandemic, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum would have missed out on a classic Dutch 16th century painting it so badly craved. Instead, the work now graces a central hall of one of the world’s most famous cultural institutions -- all because a wealthy...

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Fourth day of protest in Madison shuts down state highway

Jun. 2, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Protesters shut down a six-lane state highway that feeds into downtown Madison for a second day on Tuesday, as Gov. Tony Evers called for the Legislature to pass a law to reduce the use of police force and urged a united battle against racism. The latest actions came after a third...

FILE - This Jan. 23, 2013 file photo shows artist Christo posing in front of his proposed

Christo, artist known for massive, fleeting displays, dies

May. 31, 2020 9:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Christo, known for massive, ephemeral public arts projects died Sunday at his home in New York. He was 84. His death was announced on Twitter and the artist's web page. No cause was given. Along with late wife Jeanne-Claude, the artists' careers were defined by their ambitious art projects...

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to buy work from 24 artists

May. 29, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Even as Boston's Museum of Fine Arts remains closed, curators remain at work on building out its contemporary art collection. The museum made a pledge Thursday to purchase works by 24 artists living in the country. Nearly all of the artists will be entering the museum's collection for the...

FILE - In this Oct.23, 2019 file photo, tourists wait to see Leonardo da Vinci's painting Mona Lisa, at the Louvre museum, in Paris. Iconic sites that are among some of France's biggest tourist draws won't reopen when the country lifts most of its coronavirus restrictions next week. Neither the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower nor the Versailles Palace will be reopening next week when France lifts many of its remaining coronavirus lockdown restrictions. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Europe prepares post-corona, socially-distanced culture-fest

May. 29, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

LE PECQ, France (AP) — You may need a face mask to see the Mona Lisa. You will have your temperature taken at the Colosseum in Rome. And to see views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower might require taking the stairs. After the cultural deprivation of the lockdown months during which their treasures were...

2019 NYSAPA news and broadcast contest winners announced

May. 28, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York State Associated Press Association on Thursday announced the winners of its awards contest for stories broadcast, printed or posted online in 2019. Thirty-three newspapers submitted 715 entries and 46 television and radio stations submitted 578 entries in the contest. The...

Harmless or Foul Play: Artist drips paint on virus murals

May. 23, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In the wee hours of Saturday morning, someone stalked Frenchmen Street squirting streaks of ketchup-thick paint on many of the much-beloved, graffiti-style murals that had sprung up over the past weeks during the coronavirus lockdown. Fans of the work were outraged by what they assumed...

This May 10, 2019, photo taken by Aalam Wassef shows Acclaimed Egyptian artist Adam Henein at home in Cairo, Egypt. Henein, who joined ancient pharaonic themes with sleek modernism in sculptures that often portrayed birds and other animals, died Friday, May 22, 2020 his family said. He was 91. (Aalam Wassef via AP)

Egyptian acclaimed sculptor Adam Henein dies at 91

May. 22, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Acclaimed Egyptian artist Adam Henein, who joined ancient pharaonic themes with sleek modernism in sculptures that often portrayed birds and other animals, died Friday, his family said. He was 91. Henein recently suffered from age-related health complications and was taken to a hospital in...

In this April 30, 2020 photo, Ariane Jimison pulls off a piece of a ceramic bowl after discovering an air pocket in the clay in her garage/pottery studio in Gillette, Wyo. One of the co-owners of Pizza Carrello in Gillette, she usually spends most of her time at the restaurant. But with the business closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the former professional potter has been spending time behind her pottery wheel. (August Frank/Gillette News Record via AP)

COVID-19 isolation brings out creativity for some in Wyoming

May. 22, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Beckie Avery bought a circular saw for a small project. That was seven years ago, and it’s spent that time sitting unused in the garage. Like many people, Avery has found that self-quarantining at home during COVID-19 has been a great time to put it to use. She had recently...