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Maine art museum receives $750,000 gift, renames gallery

Nov. 28, 2021 08:13 AM EST

OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) — A Maine art museum has received one of the largest gifts in its history and is renaming a gallery after the donors. The Ogunquit Museum of American Art said it received the $750,000 gift from Carol and Noel Leary. The gift will help fund the...

Bob Dylan artwork show opens in Miami, new cinema paintings

Nov. 27, 2021 10:17 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Bob Dylan has been telling stories through songs for 60 years. But recently America’s master lyricist has also captured moments in a new series of paintings that, just like his songs, are intimate and a bit of a mystery. The most comprehensive exhibition...

Rare first printing of US Constitution sells for record $43M

Nov. 19, 2021 15:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare first printing of the U.S. Constitution sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $43.2 million, a record price for a document or book sold at auction. The buyer, hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin, will loan the document to the Crystal Bridges Museum...

Boston museum workers on 1-day strike over pay, COVID safety

Nov. 17, 2021 17:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Pandemic-weary workers at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts went on a one-day strike Wednesday over stalled contract negotiations with management, the latest strike amid an monthslong uptick in labor action nationwide. Members of the Museum of Fine Arts Union...

Book about Sackler family and opioid crisis wins UK prize

Nov. 16, 2021 19:00 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A book about a wealthy American family whose actions helped unleash the United States’ opioid epidemic — described by its author as a “story of hubris” — won Britain’s leading nonfiction book prize Tuesday. Patrick Radden Keefe’s “Empire of...

2 men charged with Native American art exhibit theft

Nov. 12, 2021 15:48 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Two University of Kansas students have been charged with stealing part of a Native American art exhibit that also was vandalized while displayed outside a campus museum. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Samuel McKnight and John Wichlenski...

Workers at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to strike for a day

Nov. 12, 2021 14:45 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Members of the union that represents about 200 workers at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts have voted to hold a one-day strike next week over stalled contract negotiations with management. More than 96% of the union, which represents public-facing staff,...

Hong Kong's M+ museum opens amid censorship controversy

Nov. 11, 2021 04:19 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s swanky new M+ museum — Asia’s largest gallery with a billion-dollar collection — is set to open on Friday amid controversy over politics and censorship. M+ boasts 183,000 square feet (17,000 square meters) of...

Denver museum gives up allegedly looted Cambodian artifacts

Nov. 09, 2021 18:44 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors have filed a complaint in federal court seeking the forfeiture of four Cambodian antiquities that were sold to the Denver Art Museum by a late art dealer accused of pillaging and illegally selling ancient artifacts. The U.S. Attorney for the...

Wilmington highlights Black art with return of exhibition

Oct. 31, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, De. (AP) — It was 1968 and Wilmington was recovering. The National Guard had occupied Delaware’s largest city for nine months in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and the trauma from both of these events left the Black community...