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Did Michelle Obama veto first version of official portrait?

Dec. 3, 2019 12:33 AM EST

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Race has always been the focus of artist Kehinde Wiley’s work. He famously replaces black figures for white ones in classical paintings as a remedy for the historical invisibility of black men. But looking back on his early attempts tackling racism and stereotypes, he admits...

17 stories inspired by great American paintings

Dec. 2, 2019 2:00 PM EST

“From Sea to Stormy Sea: 17 Stories Inspired by Great American Paintings,” Pegasus Books, edited by Lawrence Block Writers take their inspiration from a variety of sources: an unforgettable face, overheard conversation or perhaps, a painting. The well-known crime writer Lawrence Block has parlayed...

Italy’s Uffizi to partner with Hong Kong on art exhibitions

Nov. 28, 2019 11:43 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy’s Uffizi Galleries and Hong Kong cultural authorities agreed on Thursday to partner over the next five years on art exhibitions in the Asian city. The first show, to run from September 2020 until January 2021 at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, will star paintings by Sandro Botticelli,...

Ukrainian journalist painted to ‘keep alive’ in Russian jail

Nov. 26, 2019 2:08 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Ukrainian journalist convicted in Russia of spying and jailed for three years has described how he created paintings of cathedrals, lighthouses and soothing landscapes as a form of psychological therapy during his imprisonment. Roman Sushchenko, who denies spying, said Tuesday that...

Top art, treasure and jewel heists in Europe in recent times

Nov. 25, 2019 9:43 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A brazen burglary Monday at a German museum holding priceless treasures is another in a long history of daring European heists over the years. German police said it was too early to estimate the value of the items stolen from Dresden’s Green Vault, one of the world’s oldest...

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...

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...

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...