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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. ...

Book Review: Emil Ferris tackles big issues through a small child with a monster obsession

May. 28, 2024 12:18 PM EDT

There are two types of monsters: Ones that simply appear scary and ones that are scary by their cruelty. Karen Reyes is the former, but what does that make her troubled older brother, Deeze? Emil Ferris has finally followed up on her visually stunning, 2017 debut graphic novel with...

Sam Butcher, artist who created Precious Moments figurines of teardrop-eyed children, dies at 85

May. 23, 2024 16:13 PM EDT

CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) — Sam Butcher, the artist who created the Precious Moments figurines depicting angelic teardrop-eyed children, has died. He was 85. The company said in a Facebook post that he died early Monday surrounded by family. It said his life's mission was “to share...

Spanish police recover fourth of 5 Francis Bacon paintings stolen in Madrid in 2015

May. 23, 2024 06:09 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have recovered the fourth of five paintings by Irish-born painter Francis Bacon that were stolen from a Madrid apartment in 2015. A police statement Thursday said the 1989 painting of a man's head, titled on the back as “Study for Portrait of...

Banksy tree mural that sprouted in London is fenced off after apparent vandalism

May. 22, 2024 18:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — It was nice while it lasted. An environmentally themed mural by elusive street artist Banksy that appeared last week on a London street has been encased in plastic and surrounded by fencing after an apparent act of vandalism. The work is on a four-story...

Tennessee professor swept away by wave during Brazil study-abroad trip has died

May. 20, 2024 17:21 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee community college professor who was swept away by an ocean wave during a study-abroad trip in Brazil has died, his school said Monday. Clifford Gordon, associate professor of art, was walking with three students along an oceanside road in Paraty,...