Visual arts

German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass, left, and Italian Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli watch the unveiling of the "Vase of Flowers" painting by Jan van Huysum, at the Pitti Palace, part of the Uffizi Galleries, in Florence, Italy, Friday, July 19, 2019. Germany returned the Dutch still-life after it was stolen by Nazi troops during WWII. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
July 19, 2019 - 10:12 am
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — A Dutch still-life painting, stolen by retreating Nazis and sent by a German soldier as a present to his wife, came back to a Florence museum on Friday, thanks largely to a relentless campaign by the Uffizi Galleries' director, a German. The foreign ministers of German and...
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A taped over sign is pictured at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. France's Louvre museum has taped over the Sackler name as donors to a wing of the building after protests against the family blamed for the opioid crisis in the United States. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
July 18, 2019 - 7:21 am
PARIS (AP) — France's Louvre Museum in Paris has become the first major institution to remove the Sackler family name after protests erupted against the family that is blamed for the deadly opioid crisis in the United States. At the Louvre's Oriental Antiquities gallery, an Associated Press...
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Ana Niebla, of San Diego, models her own "Princess Pennywise" outfit before Preview Night of the 2019 Comic-Con International: San Diego, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
July 18, 2019 - 12:20 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dust off your Captain Marvel cosplay, San Diego Comic-Con is here. The four-and-a-half day convention kicked off Wednesday with the show room floor opening to thousands vying for exclusive merchandise, from art to toys. Later, Warner Bros. is hosting a ScareDiego event promising...
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In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo, Ed Hardy poses for a photo during a media preview of "Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Hardy may be most associated with his flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing brand, which was popular in the early 2000s. But the new exhibition, opening Friday, July 12, sheds light on the man as a prolific artist and tattoo pioneer. Hardy says he hopes the exhibition will push back against any remaining stigma around tattoos. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
July 12, 2019 - 5:39 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When people hear the name Ed Hardy, they likely think of the flashy, tiger- and skull-emblazoned clothing that rocketed to popularity in the 2000s, appearing on the likes of Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and cast members from the reality TV show "Jersey Shore." Others recognize...
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Pedestrians walk past the "Four Ladies of Hollywood" gazebo on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, on Wednesday June 19, 2019. Officials say someone climbed the more than two-story tall public art piece and stole a statue of Marilyn Monroe. Los Angeles Councilman Mitch O'Farrell says a witness saw someone climb the gazebo on the Hollywood Walk Fame and sawed off the statue. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
July 09, 2019 - 8:03 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say a man who stole a statue of Marilyn Monroe from atop a Hollywood public art installation has been sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay more than $14,000 in restitution. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says 25-year-old Austin Mikel Clay...
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Olafur Eliasson poses at the installation 'Your Spiral View' as part of the exhibition Olafur Eliasson: 'In real life' at the Tate Modern Gallery in London, Tuesday, July 9, 2019. The Tate Modern has brought together around 40 works of Eliasson. spanning the last three decades, and are on display from July 11, 2019 until January 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
July 09, 2019 - 1:20 pm
LONDON (AP) — Visitors don't just view the new London exhibition devoted to Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. They also feel, smell and taste it. Eliasson creates large-scale works that draw on the elements and nature: wood, fire, light, water. More than 40 of his pieces feature in a huge...
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Technicians and researchers check equipment set up inside a glass chamber as they begin to study Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' masterpiece, at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Monday July 8, 2019. Researchers and restorers at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum launched a months-long project Monday, using high-tech imaging technology to throw new light on Rembrandt van Rijn's iconic "Night Watch."(AP Photo/Aleksandar Furtula)
July 08, 2019 - 8:50 am
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Researchers and restorers at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum launched a months-long project Monday, using high-tech imaging technology to throw new light on Rembrandt van Rijn's iconic "Night Watch." Working in a specially designed glass chamber, researchers at the museum are undertaking a...
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This image provided by Annely Juda Fine Art shows a painting by the artist Leon Kossoff. British artist Leon Kossoff, who painted his home city of London in all its moody glory, has died. He was 92. Los Angeles’ LA Louver gallery, which represents Kossoff, announced his death Friday, July 5, 2019. No cause was given. (Annely Juda Fine Art via AP)
July 06, 2019 - 10:35 am
LONDON (AP) — British artist Leon Kossoff, who painted his home city of London in all its moody, rough-edged glory, has died. He was 92. Annely Juda Fine Art, which represents Kossoff, said he died Thursday after a short illness. Another of the artist's galleries, LA Louver in Los Angeles, also...
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In this photo taken April 3, 2019, a pair of students walk past a historic mural that includes slaves and a dead Native American at George Washington High School in San Francisco. The San Fransisco school board unanimously voted Tuesday, June 25, 2019, to destroy a controversial mural displayed in a public high school. This is the latest move in recent times to remove New Deal-era art, now considered offensive. (Yalonda M. James/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
July 04, 2019 - 5:23 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will spend up to $600,000 to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the life of George Washington, a mural once seen as educational and innovative but now criticized as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people...
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A 3D printed recreation of the ancient Lion of Mosul, which was destroyed by the Islamic State group at the Mosul Museum in Iraq, is displayed as part of the 'What Remains' exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. The exhibit, which runs from July 5 until January 5, 2020, explores why cultural heritage is attacked during historical and contemporary conflicts. (AP Photo/Natasha Livingstone)
July 03, 2019 - 3:30 pm
LONDON (AP) — A figure of a roaring lion, about the size of a loaf of bread, is the latest step in the fight to preserve culture from conflict. The sculpture is a replica of a colossal 3,000-year-old statue from the Temple of Ishtar in Nimrud, in what's now Iraq. The stone statue was one of many...
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