Latest Visual arts News

Artist gives nature a `cosmic' twist in big NY garden show

Apr. 13, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

An expansive new show featuring works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, famous for mesmerizing polka dots, speckled pumpkins and fascination with the natural world, has opened at The New York Botanical Garden. Ticket sales have been brisk in a pandemic-weary city hungry for more outdoor...

Business-seeking singer Akon draws political fire in Uganda

Apr. 13, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The American rap artist and singer Akon is drawing criticism from rights activists over his meetings with Uganda's president as he pursues the development of a futuristic city in the East African country. Akon is helping to rehabilitate longtime...

New this week: 'Big Shot,' 'Mare of Easttown' and 'Monday'

Apr. 12, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Sebastian Stan’s devoted followers are certainly getting a fair amount of him...

Sidelined last year, the Met Gala is returning — twice

Apr. 12, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

The Met Gala is coming back. Actually, twice. The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Monday that the annual high-wattage celebration of both fashion and celebrity — canceled last year because of the pandemic — will return in person, first in September, then again in...

Russia puts feminist activist on trial for pornography

Apr. 12, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A feminist artist went on trial Monday in Russia on charges of disseminating pornography after she shared artwork online depicting female bodies. Human rights groups linked her prosecution to the Kremlin’s conservative stance promoting “traditional family values.” ...

Off-duty Italy art cops find looted statue in Belgian shop

Apr. 12, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have recovered a 1st century Roman statue that was stolen from an archaeological site in 2011 and found in a Belgian antiques shop by two off-duty Italian art squad police officers. An Italian businessman who used a Spanish pseudonym...

Costume Designers Guild to honor Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers

Apr. 12, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From “Grey’s Anatomy” to “Bridgerton,” television producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers have strived to work with costume designers to visually create appealing wardrobes to help tell their character's story. Now, both women will be...

Altered photos of Cambodian torture victims stir controversy

Apr. 12, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodians on Monday continued to condemn an Irish photo restorer for altering photographs of victims of their country’s 1970s genocide to show them smiling, saying his decision and that of an international media group to publish them showed horrible judgement....

AP PHOTOS: From Moscow to Pacific, Russia glorifies Gagarin

Apr. 12, 2021 03:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — From a giant statue towering over Moscow to a more modest monument on the Sakhalin Island in the Pacific Ocean, dozens of memorials across Russia commemorate Yuri Gagarin, the cosmonaut who became the first person in space 60 years ago. Gagarin’s...

Museum’s virtual happy hour showcases martinis, masterpieces

Apr. 11, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — One showstopper during last Wednesday’s happy hour was the photo of a Black woman. A spotlight illuminated her everything — her voluminous Afro, her commanding pose, the multicolored frock that flowed over her frame. The other showstopper was the...