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High-speed art: Indy 500 driver helmets styled to stand out

May. 27, 2022 14:45 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Stefan Wilson’s first racing helmet was a hand-me-down from his older brother, Justin. So was his second one. And his third. The Wilson brothers had designed the pattern together as youngsters growing up racing go-karts in England. When Stefan finally got a...

Ford Foundation's Darren Walker gets France's highest honor

May. 27, 2022 12:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Darren Walker, Ford Foundation president and preeminent connector and advocate for artists and art institutions, joined the exclusive company of global superstars like Stevie Wonder, T.S. Eliot and Meryl Streep, in receiving France's highest cultural honor. Walker...

Kelly Reichardt: 'I'm fine with being a side B-er'

May. 27, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — The quiet perceptions, everyday troubles and intermittent moments of transcendence that make up Kelly Reichardt's films have always had a rhythm apart from most American movies. Reichardt's latest, “Showing Up,” which premiered Friday at the Cannes Film...

Paris: Ex-leader of Louvre charged with money laundering

May. 26, 2022 07:02 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The former president of the Louvre museum has received preliminary charges for alleged antiquities trafficking during his tenure as head of the famous Paris museum. Police in the French capital charged Jean-Luc Martinez on Wednesday with “complicity in organized...

Q&A: Kristen Stewart on body horror, Cronenberg and Cannes

May. 25, 2022 10:47 AM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — In David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future,” in which an artist played by Viggo Mortensen has organs and tumors plucked from his body in performance art excavations, Kristen Stewart plays a timid bureaucrat swiftly turned passionate devotee. In...

Former London, Miami art dealer gets 7 years for fraud

May. 23, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former London and Miami art dealer who pleaded guilty to defrauding art buyers and others of over $86 million was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison. Inigo Philbrick, 34, a U.S. citizen who previously lived in London, was sentenced in Manhattan federal...

West Virginia's Vandalia Festival returns to weekend format

May. 23, 2022 15:04 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A celebration of West Virginia's mountain culture and ethnic heritage will return to its original, full-weekend format for the first time in three years. The 45nd annual Vandalia Gathering is set for Friday through Sunday on the state Capitol grounds in...

USC-Upstate grad’s bold artwork is gaining global acclaim

May. 23, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Early on a school day sometime in 2014, a retired police cruiser pulled around to the loading dock at Dorman High School. Strapped to the top of the Crown Victoria were a pair of giant canvases, paintings in progress for Ludovic Nkoth, who was trying,...

‘Alice’ exhibit turns botanic garden into a ‘Wonderland’

May. 21, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Published in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece of the strange, whimsical and surreal, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” has inspired movies, stage plays, drawings, songs and cartoons. At the Memphis Botanic Garden, it has inspired foliage. ...

Depression, pandemic photographs paired in Ohio exhibit

May. 19, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — An exhibit in Ohio pairing photographs from two moments of societal crisis — the Great Depression and the COVID-19 pandemic — aims to help visitors see parallels between the human tolls felt across generations. The show, “Chronicles: The Great...