Latest Art museums News

Robert Indiana's home transferred to Star of Hope Foundation

Sep. 20, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Four properties owned by the late pop artist Robert Indiana are now in possession of the foundation that intends to transform his Star of Hope island home into an art museum, the foundation's chairman said Friday. The Vinalhaven properties, assessed at $1.4 million, include Indiana's...

Who are the Sacklers, the family behind maker of OxyContin?

Sep. 19, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

For a family with its name on a wing of one of the world's most famous museums and a school at a prestigious university, members of the Sackler clan have done a remarkable job of vanishing from public life. The family owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, which filed for bankruptcy this week as part of an effort to...

AP Exclusive: US helping Venezuela's Guaido track stolen art

Sep. 19, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — U.S. officials are investigating the suspected looting of valuable European and Latin American artwork they believe is being quietly plundered by Venezuelan government insiders as Nicolas Maduro struggles to maintain his grip on power. The U.S. Treasury in recent months has sought...

Sackler money complicates donation policies for museums

Sep. 18, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ask the CEO and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art whether he's accepting money from the Sacklers, the billionaire dynasty notorious for its ties to the drug company Purdue Pharma, and the answer is somewhat complicated. For one thing, it depends on which Sackler. "There are people...

Amsterdam museum presents results of 5-year Chagall research

Sep. 13, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — For much of Russian-French Modernist painter Marc Chagall's life, which took him from a tiny village in rural Russia to St. Petersburg, Paris and New York, he remained remarkably faithful to eight pigments in his colorful works, according to new research unveiled Friday at Amsterdam's...

3 Maine museums to receive grants to make improvements

Sep. 12, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Southern Maine's democratic congresswoman says three museums in her district will receive federal funds to make improvements. Rep. Chellie Pingree says the grants will go to Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the William A. Farnsworth Library and Art...

A new look at Frank Lloyd Wright's textiles, home goods

Sep. 11, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A small but important exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores a little-known facet of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's creations: his line of wallpapers, printed and woven textiles, and other home goods designed for the public. "Frank Lloyd Wright Textiles: The Taliesin Line,...

Ex-prison shows animated films made by incarcerated artists

Sep. 9, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ezra has been locked up for about 45 years. In that time, he's taken the opportunities he's been given in prison, grown from them and feels like he's turned his life around. He heard about a program at the Chester State Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for men near...

Brandon Maxwell gets emotional after a huge year of fashion

Sep. 8, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Maxwell has had quite the year. The designer joined the cast of "Project Runway" as a judge, had some of the most famous women in Hollywood wear his designs and he accompanied his best friend, Lady Gaga, to the Met Gala, changing her four times on the red carpet during fashion's...

German Chancellor Merkel opens new Bauhaus museum in Dessau

Sep. 8, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The eastern German city of Dessau marked the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus school of design Sunday with the opening of a new museum featuring a collection of exhibits and objects that tie in with the movement's iconic buildings. Chancellor Angela Merkel told a crowd at the opening of the...