Latest Visual arts News

Steel sculpture by Spanish artist installed in Grand Rapids

Dec. 06, 2021 01:05 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 16-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa has been installed in downtown Grand Rapids. Commissioned by the DeVos family, the sculpture titled “The Four Elements” is located on the northeast corner of Monroe...

Rosalia, Lizzo, Cardi B wrap up over the top Miami art week

Dec. 05, 2021 13:37 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The over-the-top parties and star-studded shows surrounding Miami's Art Basel wrapped up this weekend with performances by Rosalia, Lizzo, Cardi B and rocker Lenny Kravitz. The annual event, which was canceled last year during the pandemic, is...

Denver Art Museum mulls fate of plundered African art

Dec. 05, 2021 10:17 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — British troops in 1897 mounted a violent, retaliatory raid on the Kingdom of Benin, in what’s now southern Nigeria, looting and burning the royal palace and sending the oba, or king, into exile. The British confiscated all the royal treasures from their colonial subjects,...

Quilters guild, performing arts group get grants

Dec. 05, 2021 09:31 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A quilters guild and a group encouraging local performing arts are among six organizations receiving funds through the Folklife and Traditional Arts Project Grants program of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. The Belknap Mill Quilters...

3 Native American artists share their work, journey

Dec. 05, 2021 01:08 AM EST

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — For artist Jill Joseph, art has helped her heal and deal with the trauma of a loved one attempting to commit suicide. For artist Dawn Silk, art is a compulsion, something she does for her spiritual health while also trying to share more about...

Mississippi artist's work to be celebrated in new book

Dec. 04, 2021 13:01 PM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi artist's work is now being celebrated in a book and fashion line. “Worlds Beyond My Window,” published by the University Press of Mississippi, features more than 150 paintings and a dozen poems by Collins native Gertrude...

Lenny Kravitz wows at private party during Miami Art week

Dec. 04, 2021 12:11 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Legendary rocker Lenny Kravitz gave a private performance Friday for a star-studded crowd that included Leonardo DiCaprio and local Latin boy band CNCO during Miami's Art Week. The lavish party is an annual affair hosted by business mogul and...

Artist exhibits in old Criglersville store turned gallery

Dec. 04, 2021 09:08 AM EST

CRIGLERSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mixed-media artist Sharon Zarambo, like people everywhere, experienced a lot of loss in the past year. “Seven people died, including my mom, and my dog,” said the 66-year-old, who grew up on Long Island and has lived in rural Etlan in...

Breonna Taylor honored by peaceful augmented-reality garden

Dec. 03, 2021 16:40 PM EST

Say her name with flowers on your tongue — that's what Breonna Taylor's sister wants during Miami's art week from people visiting an augmented reality garden created to honor her late sister. “Breonna's Garden," commemorating the 26-year-old medical worker fatally...

Celebs, fashion, 24k chicken wings at Miami Art Basel

Dec. 02, 2021 17:46 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — After a pandemic hiatus, the official Art Basel show is back in Miami with all its eccentric glory, a dizzying list of celebrity attendees and dozens of spin-off shows that are already generating a buzz, including a phenom child painter and a $4 million Banksy sale. ...