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Warhol, Pollock, Rothko on rare display in Tehran

Tehran - Some of the world's most expensive and rarely seen modern art, including works by the Americans Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, went on display Saturday in a major exhibition in Iran.

Review: Adrian Tomine's 'Killing and Dying' packs tons of heart in 6 illustrated stories Special

It's no longer uncommon for the graphic-novel medium to portray emotional stories as beautifully as classic novels, but Adrian Tomine goes a step further by packing complex stories into shorter bursts.

Review: The Vaults, London's new graffiti scene revealed Special

London - Every city has its graffiti scene. To some it is a mess, to others it is a cogent form of street art. In London, a disused taxi tunnel boasts several examples of interesting and vibrant images.

France to offer 'asylum' for IS-threatened artworks: Hollande

Paris - President Francois Hollande announced Tuesday that France planned to implement a "right to asylum" for artworks at risk from the Islamic State group which has destroyed heritage sites in Syria and Iraq.

Avant-Garde: Now and Then fashion show in Museum of Vancouver Special

Vancouver - Over the last weekend Museum of Vancouver (MOV), apart from its regular activity, was the host of Fashion Symposium. It was also the venue of the final part of the Symposium with a closing show called Fashion Avant-Garde: Now and Then.

'Breathtaking' 1,700-year-old mosaic unveiled in Israel

On Monday, Israel’s Antiquities Authority unveiled an exquisitely beautiful mosaic that paved the courtyard of a villa 1,700 years ago in the city of Lod, also known as Lydda, about 9.3 miles south of Tel Aviv.

The nine lives of Russia's Hermitage cats

Sanktpeterburg - For more than a century visitors have marvelled at the Hermitage Museum's precious collections, and for just as long dozens of cats have prowled the Saint Petersburg palace's sprawling cellars.

France marvels at class of woman who made Proust swoon

Paris - She was France's great high society beauty, who so drove Marcel Proust to distraction that he went to his grave begging for a photograph of her.

Monaco gives go-ahead to million-dollar art fraud trial

Monaco - The fraud case against a Swiss art dealer accused of swindling up to a billion dollars from the owner of Monaco football club should go ahead, a court ruled Thursday.

'Blackboard' painting goes for record $70.5 mn in NY

New York - It may look little more than blackboard scrawls to the untrained eye, but a Cy Twombly work fetched $70.53 million in New York, setting a new auction record for the painter.

Op-Ed: Expensive art or garbage? Both, as NY auction prices show

New York City - Art collectors are a strange breed. They spend a fortune on old art, however unnecessary or superseded, and don’t spend a cent on new artists. Apparently loving “Art” means adding a few dollar metrics to the rampant affection.

Austrian artist Ernst Fuchs dead at 85

Vienna - Austrian painter Ernst Fuchs, who was a co-founder of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, has passed away at 85. He was best known for his religious imagery.

JFK's number plates sold on auction along with Titanic last menu

Dallas - An auction of political and Americana memorabilia in Dallas Saturday saw US President John F. Kennedy's limousine number plates along with the last dinner menu from the Titanic sold to anonymous bidders.

From slum to bookshop, Brazil drug queen turns writer

Rio De Janeiro - She started sniffing glue at age six to ease the hunger of life in a Brazilian slum. She got her first revolver when she was 11.Now 54, Raquel de Oliveira, once the first lady of the drug trade in the Rio de Janeiro favelas, has taken up the pen.

Review: Intriguing 'anti-fashion' statues exhibited in London Special

Kingston - Using everyday objects to create a series of intriguing statues, degree students at Kingston University exhibited some impressive work over the weekend.

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