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Sale of Chinese painting shows art value rising in pandemic

Apr. 19, 2021 03:42 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese painting from 1924 is expected to fetch at least $45 million in an auction in Hong Kong, as collectors' appetite for art continues to rise even amid economic uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. The painting by influential...

27 Wyeth paintings donated to Maine's Farnsworth Museum

Apr. 17, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Twenty-seven paintings by three generations of Wyeths have been donated to Maine's Farnsworth Art Museum, thanks to the late Betsy Wyeth. The Rockland museum, which plans to display the paintings in a major exhibition beginning May 15, did not...

Tattoo artist accused of spray painting businesses acquitted

Apr. 15, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A tattoo artist accused of spray painting his logo on some businesses in Bismarck has been acquitted of felony criminal mischief. The prosecutor who handled the case against 33-year-old Richard Hudson who had been scolded by the judge during the...

Fracking ban fails to advance in California Legislature

Apr. 13, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers Tuesday rejected a bill that would have banned fracking in the state, succumbing to pressure from the powerful oil and gas industry and their labor union allies who warned the bill would have cost good-paying jobs. The bill...

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...

Clementine Hunter exhibit in New Orleans into next year

Apr. 10, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana museum is showing more than 50 works by one of America’s most important self-taught artists, Clementine Hunter. The exhibit includes some rarely seen abstract paintings and a forgery by a man whose cats helped bring him down. The...

South Korean couple mistakenly vandalizes $440,000 artwork

Apr. 09, 2021 06:40 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean exhibition company is trying to persuade an acclaimed American graffiti artist not to restore a $440,000 painting after it was accidentally vandalized by a couple who mistook it for participatory art. The artist, John Andrew...

Spain: Work due for auction from $1,800 may be a Caravaggio

Apr. 08, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities have slapped an export ban on a painting a day before it was due to be auctioned with a starting price tag of 1,500 euros ($1,780), saying it could be a lost work by Italian Baroque master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The...

Dutch police make arrest in thefts of Van Gogh, Hals works

Apr. 06, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police arrested a suspect Tuesday in the theft last year of two valuable paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from different museums, a spokeswoman said. The paintings, however, remain missing. In a statement posted on...

How two friends made art history buying a $70M digital work

Mar. 26, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

It took a few minutes for Vignesh Sundaresan and Anand Venkateswaran to realize that they'd parted with $69.3 million for a digital artwork stored in a JPEG file, coincidentally securing their place in art history. “We weren’t sure we won,” said Venkateswaran,...