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Parade float workers Travis Keene, left, and Joey Mercer position a pelican while fellow crew member Chelsea Kamm, right, looks on while decorating a house in New Orleans on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. All around the city, thousands of houses are being decorated as floats because the coronavirus pandemic has canceled parades that usually take place on Mardi Gras. (AP Photo/Janet McConnaughey)

No Mardi Gras parades, so thousands make 'house floats'

Jan. 27, 2021 1:05 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — You just can’t keep a good city down, especially when Mardi Gras is coming. All around New Orleans, thousands of houses are being decorated as floats because the coronavirus outbreak canceled the elaborate parades mobbed by crowds during the Carnival season leading to Fat Tuesday....

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 22, 2010 file photo q man walks in front of Arik Brauer's paintings at the exhibition 'Fantastic Art from Vienna' in the Panorama museum in Bad Frankenhausen, central Germany. Austrian-Israeli artist Arik Brauer, known for his colorful and surreal paintings and murals, has died at the age of 92. Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported Monday that Brauer died late Sunday, Jan 24, 2021 surrounded by his family. It gave no cause of death. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

Austrian artist Arik Brauer dies at 92

Jan. 25, 2021 6:21 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian artist Arik Brauer, known for his surreal paintings and murals, has died at the age of 92. Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported Monday that Brauer died late Sunday surrounded by his family. It gave no cause of death. Born Erich Brauer in 1929 to a Jewish family that had emigrated...

In this screen grab taken from a Zoom meeting provided by the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners, Grand Traverse County Commissioner Ron Clous holds a rifle at his home during a county commissioner meeting Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Michigan. Clous displayed the rifle during the online meeting in response to a citizen's comments about a far-right extremist group, drawing backlash from some local residents. (Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners via AP)

Michigan official shows gun after public meeting criticism

Jan. 21, 2021 1:07 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A county official in northern Michigan displayed a rifle during an online meeting in response to a citizen's comments about a far-right extremist group, drawing outrage from some local residents. Ron Clous, an elected member of the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners,...

Artist Brandon Litman looks on as posters of U.S. Senator-elect's Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., and Raphael Warnock tower behind him after Georgia's Senate runoff race on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Poster artist helped connect candidates, voters in Georgia

Jan. 19, 2021 3:41 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — For some, helping to get out the vote during Georgia's U.S. Senate runoffs meant writing checks for campaigns. Others signed up to canvass neighborhoods or make calls for campaign phone banks. Brandon Litman took a different approach by making thousands of pieces of art to connect the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 31, 2011 file photo, people stand in the garden of the Rodin museum in Paris. There is a ray of light for Parisians who, like the rest of the French nation this weekend, begin to observe a tightened coronavirus curfew. The famous Rodin Museum sculpture garden reopened to visitors on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. Though the rococo museum, showcasing the world’s largest collection of Rodin sculptures, remains closed, visitors are now able to enter the sculpture-filled surrounding gardens that overlooked the gold dome of Les Invalides monument. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)

Rodin Museum sculpture garden reopens to public

Jan. 17, 2021 1:09 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — There is a ray of light for Parisians who, like the rest of the French nation this weekend, begin to observe a tightened coronavirus curfew: The famous Rodin Museum sculpture gardens is reopening to visitors. Though the rococo museum, showcasing the world’s largest collection of Rodin...

The inked and water-painted original panel of the comic character Tintin from the 1936

Tintin comic book art breaks auction record at $3.1 million

Jan. 14, 2021 10:27 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A Tintin drawing by the Belgian artist Herge sold Thursday in Paris for 2.6 million euros ($3.1 million), breaking the record for the most expensive comic book art in history. The 1936 work in Chinese ink, gouache and watercolor was destined as a cover for “The Blue Lotus,” the...

Street artist Wolfgang Salazar works on his mural featuring Venezuelan athlete Yulimar Rojas, in the Boleita neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. Salazar said he chose to paint Rojas because she embodies the potential of Venezuelan greatness. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

AP PHOTOS: Venezuelan street artist seeks to inspire

Jan. 14, 2021 9:50 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The glowing face of one of Venezuela’s greatest athletes seems to invigorate a corner of the country’s decaying capital, a splash of color and inspiration for increasingly grim times. Elsewhere, swirls of patterns surround a realistic portrait of beloved singer and...

The Chinese inked on paper original of the comic character Tintin and his dog snowy as a pirate made for an advertising and drawn by Belgian creator Herge, is displayed at the Artcurial auction house in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The art work with an estimates value of 3000 to 5000 euros (US $ 3650 to 6080), is going on sale Thursday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Rare Tintin comic book art set to sell for millions in Paris

Jan. 13, 2021 12:13 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Not even the coronavirus can get in the way of intrepid Belgian reporter and comic book legend Tintin. Comic book lovers and tourists alike can catch a socially distanced glimpse of a Tintin drawing by Herge in Paris before it goes under the hammer Thursday, estimated to sell between 2 and 3...

In this photo made Monday, March 2, 2020, Danielle Moore poses for photos with Kana and also paintings of the pet Australian cattle dog in Dallas. In the dog-eat-dog world of online shopping, Chewy has an unusual plan to fend off Amazon: turning pets into works of art. The online pet shop surprises customers with oil paintings of their furry friends, a move the company says wins them customers for life. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Chewy sends pet paintings to keep customers from straying

Jan. 1, 2021 8:29 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Danielle Schwartz didn’t ask for an oil painting of her cat. But she loves the portrait of Stinky that hangs in her upstate New York home, a surprise gift from an unlikely place: an online pet store. It's one of the more than 1,000 free paintings that Chewy sends to select customers...

This image made available on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, shows Lucifer, one of the original 88 drawings that went with Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy by artist Federico Zuccari. Florence’s Uffizi Gallery is making available for viewing online 88 rarely displayed drawings of Dante’s Divine Comedy to mark the 700th anniversary in 2021 of the famed Italian poet’s death. The virtual show of high-resolution images of works by the 16th Century Renaissance artist Federico Zuccari will be accessible from Friday “for free, any hour of the day, for everyone,’’ said Uffizi director Eike Schmidt. (Roberto Palermo/Uffizi Gallery via AP)

Italy's Uffizi opens Dante anniversary with virtual exhibit

Jan. 1, 2021 4:04 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Florence’s Uffizi Gallery is making available for viewing online 88 rarely displayed drawings of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” to mark the 700th anniversary in 2021 of the Italian poet’s death. The virtual show of high-resolution images of works by the 16th-Century...