Latest Visual arts News

Artists are taking things into their own hands to protect their work from generative AI

Jul. 18, 2024 10:38 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The oil painting depicts a woman standing on a podium, her arm aloft as she grasps a laurel crown in her hand. A scarlet cloak drapes across her chest as she stares at the viewer. To the naked eye, the painting looks like a normal piece in an online portfolio. But the version...

On anniversary of Frida Kahlo's death, her art's spirituality keeps fans engaged around the globe

Jul. 13, 2024 08:36 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Frida Kahlo had no religious affiliation. Why, then, did the Mexican artist depict several religious symbols in the paintings she produced until her death on July 13, 1954? “Frida conveyed the power of each individual,” said art researcher and curator Ximena...

These Picassos prompted a gender war at an Australian gallery. Now the curator says she painted them

Jul. 12, 2024 05:32 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — They were billed as artworks by Pablo Picasso, paintings so valuable that an Australian art museum’s decision to display them in an exhibition restricted to women visitors provoked a gender discrimination lawsuit. The paintings again prompted international...

Book Review: What dangers does art hold? Writer Rachel Cusk explores it in 'Parade'

Jun. 24, 2024 14:31 PM EDT

With her new novel “Parade,” the writer Rachel Cusk returns with a searching look at the pain artists can capture — and inflict. Never centered on a single person or place, the book ushers in a series of painters, sculptors, and other figures each grappling with a transformation in their life...

Chicago's iconic 'Bean' sculpture reopens to tourists after nearly a year of construction

Jun. 23, 2024 14:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — One of Chicago's most popular tourist attractions known as “The Bean” reopened to the public Sunday after nearly a year of renovations and construction. Construction started in August last year, and fencing around the iconic sculpture limited closeup access to...

Different versions of 'home' roost at the American Folk Art Museum

Jun. 20, 2024 12:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What does “home” mean? Different things to all of us, of course. A place of love, for some. One fraught with trouble, for others. An elusive concept for too many. “Home isn’t always a place of comfort. Nor is it always a location, or a place....

Swiss museum pulls down works by artists like Monet, van Gogh as origin of Nazi-looted art examined

Jun. 20, 2024 12:25 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A Swiss museum on Thursday pulled down five paintings, including a van Gogh and a Monet, after the foundation that owns them called for a deeper look at their origins following new U.S. guidelines on how to handle artworks once confiscated by the Nazis. The...

Academy Museum Gala picks starry honorees for its fall fundraiser

Jun. 10, 2024 12:02 PM EDT

Rita Moreno and Paul Mescal are getting together with Quentin Tarantino in October. It’s not for a movie (yet). All three are being honored at the glamorous Academy Museum Gala, the organization said Monday. The event is only in its fourth year but has established itself as a...

A Ghana toddler sets a world record as the youngest male artist. His mom says he just loves colors

May. 31, 2024 14:34 PM EDT

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Meet Ace-Liam Ankrah, a Ghana toddler who has set the record as the world's youngest male artist. His mother, Chantelle Kukua Eghan, says it all started by accident when her son, who at the time was 6 months old, discovered her acrylic paints. ...

Movie Review: Muppets creator Jim Henson gets a documentary as exciting as he was

May. 30, 2024 13:19 PM EDT

There are moments when the spark of creation suddenly ignites and history stops. Like when the Wright brothers got a plane to fly. Or when Oreo added double filling. Maybe just as resonant was when Jim Henson cut up his mother’s green coat into odd shapes and added ping-pong balls for eyes. ...