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Painting complexity into the state

Nov. 16, 2019 12:05 AM EST

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The oddly intricate yet simplistic cityscapes Charlie Buckley paints in his Tupelo home spark a feeling of connection and contemplation that are so nostalgia-inducing that people from around the Southeast commission him to paint the landscapes they call home. But the most unbelievable...

Artist sought for paintings of Atlanta child murder victims

Nov. 13, 2019 7:51 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The city of Atlanta is seeking an artist to create 30 drawings or paintings of the victims of the Atlanta child murders that terrorized the city in the 1970s and 1980s. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the exhibit honoring the victims, mostly black boys, will be displayed at...

Mural of activist Greta Thunberg going up in San Francisco

Nov. 9, 2019 1:28 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is staring down at pedestrians in the heart of San Francisco where an artist is painting a massive mural of the Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Argentine muralist Andres Iglesias, who signs his art with the pseudonym Cobre, is set to finish the artwork...

Court: Iowa college can't count value of Grant Wood panels

Nov. 8, 2019 2:56 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A small Eastern Iowa liberal arts college must continue to carry seven donated paintings by artist Grant Wood on its books as restricted assets unavailable for sale, the Iowa Supreme Court said Friday, dealing a financial blow to the college's endowment fund which can't count the...

Google digitizes artworks in Puerto Rico for 1st time

Nov. 7, 2019 8:22 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The 1953 painting by Rafael Tufiño Figueroa features his mother with a red scarf on her head, a determined look on her face and heavy expression lines, a depiction of a working-class woman that broke from conventional portraits of the time that focused largely on wealthy...

Artist preserves farmland of native Kentucky in watercolor

Nov. 3, 2019 11:48 AM EST

PEMBROKE, Ky. (AP) — A New Jersey artist with Christian County roots, Laurie Mitchell, painted the landscapes of rich farmland she grew to love in Kentucky. Seven watercolor paintings comprise a collection Mitchell calls "The Kentucky Series." "When I lived in Hopkinsville, I was so impressed that people...

Kentucky painter Helen LaFrance turns 100 years old

Nov. 2, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — A prominent painter whose works capture the rural, small town culture of Kentucky turned 100 on Saturday. Helen LaFrance visited a church in Mayfield to celebrate her birthday with an unexpectedly large group of friends and family. A documentary about her also was shown at a separate...

The story behind the 'Gangster Dre' mural in Unionville

Nov. 2, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — From the royal-blue background of an air-brushed mural, the smiling face of a man named Andre "Gangster 'Dre" Taylor overlooks the street corner where he was fatally shot two and a half years ago. The roughly 10-by-10-foot painting, which has for nearly a month now adorned the...

Notre Dame delays plan to cover Columbus murals until 2022

Oct. 31, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is delaying its plan to cover up 19th century murals depicting Christopher Columbus in America that have long been criticized for their stereotypical images of Native Americans and blacks submissively posing before white European explorers. The Catholic...

From Paris, with love: Rodin's Thinker at Abu Dhabi Louvre

Oct. 29, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — His head bent down, chin resting on one hand, a furrowed brow and pressed lips: The Thinker, possibly one of the most famous sculptures of all time, has found a new home at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The bronze sculpture, on loan for a year from the Rodin Museum in Paris,...