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Famed Iran art museum closes to deal with insect infestation

Aug. 18, 2022 14:37 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran’s contemporary art museum has issued an apology and temporarily closed to handle a pest infestation, raising concerns after footage of insects scuttling across world-famous work spread widely on social media. Insects, which may attack and eat away at...

Hanae Mori, Japanese designer for films, empress, dies at 96

Aug. 17, 2022 23:47 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Designer Hanae Mori, known for her elegant signature butterfly motifs, numerous cinema fashions and the wedding gown of Japan's empress, has died, her office said Thursday. She was 96. Mori symbolized the rise of Japan as a modern, fashionable nation and the rise of...

Experts can help save heirlooms damaged in Kentucky flooding

Aug. 16, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Experts who are visiting disaster centers in Kentucky can help people whose heirlooms and keepsakes were damaged in recent flooding. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force experts may be able to help save photos, artwork, quilts, important documents and...

Long-hidden synagogue mural gets rehabbed, relocated

Aug. 16, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A mural that was painted in a Vermont synagogue more than 100 years ago by a Lithuanian immigrant — and hidden behind a wall for years— has been termed a rare piece of art and has been painstakingly moved and restored. The large colorful...

Massachusetts art museum workers schedule 1-day strike

Aug. 15, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — Unionized workers at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, frustrated with the progress of contract negotiations, have authorized a one-day strike for later this week. The workers at the North Adams museum, commonly referred to as MASS MoCA, have...

Galliano native makes art into a career

Aug. 14, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Dirk Guidry left his native Galliano in 2005 to pursue an art degree at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and has since made a career out of his passion for painting. “It’s good, especially since I’m only 35, so I would have never imagined sustaining...

Agent: Rushdie off ventilator and talking, day after attack

Aug. 13, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — “The Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie was taken off a ventilator and able to talk Saturday, a day after he was stabbed as he prepared to give a lecture in upstate New York. Rushdie remained hospitalized with serious injuries, but fellow author Aatish...

Getty Museum in LA to return illegally exported art to Italy

Aug. 11, 2022 23:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is returning ancient sculptures and other works of art that were illegally exported from Italy, the museum announced Thursday. The Getty will return a nearly life-size group of Greek terra-cotta sculptures known as...

Tehran unveils Western art masterpieces hidden for decades

Aug. 11, 2022 03:56 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Some of the world’s most prized works of contemporary Western art have been unveiled for the first time in decades — in Tehran. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-line cleric, rails against the influence of the West. Authorities have lashed out at...

Brazil police recover art masterpieces stolen in elderly con

Aug. 10, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday were seeking the arrest of six people accused of involvement in stealing 16 artworks together valued at more than 700 million reais ($139 million), some of which were recovered. Police said in a statement that the group...