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'Seismic' street-art icon Basquiat gets major UK show

London - The explosive works of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a trailblazer of the New York art scene of the 1970s and 80s, are to be shown in London starting this week in his first major British exhibition.

Banksy honours Basquiat with new London murals

London - Two new murals by street artist Banksy have appeared in central London in tribute to Jean-Michel Basquiat ahead of a new exhibition celebrating the US artist's work.

Monet's 'secret' art collection on show for first time

Paris - The "secret" art collection amassed by Claude Monet, the father of Impressionism, went on display for the first time in Paris on Thursday, 90 years after the great painter's death.

Vuitton plans blockbuster Paris show of MoMA works

Paris - Salvador Dali's "The Persistence of Memory" and Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans" will be among iconic works from New York's Museum of Modern Art in a blockbuster show opening in Paris next month.

DNA test shows Spanish psychic is 'not Dali's daughter'

Madrid - A DNA test on the exhumed remains of Salvador Dali show he is not the father of a Spanish psychic claiming to be his illegitimate daughter, the Dali Foundation said Wednesday.

Naked models become living art at S. Korea festival

Daegu - The bodies of dozens of female models were turned into living canvases at a festival in Seoul this weekend, as delicate brush strokes and flamboyant illustrations covered up their bare skin.

Street art brings colour to rundown Beirut suburb

Birut - Seen from the highway out of Lebanon's capital Beirut, the Ouzai neighbourhood is a jumble of haphazard construction, but venture inside and its low-slung buildings transform into street art canvases.

400 Viking objects stolen in Norway museum heist

Oslo - Some 400 Viking objects were stolen from a Norwegian museum at some time over the weekend of August 11-13, the museum's director said Sunday, describing the loss as "immeasurable".

NY goes back in time with revival of hand-painted ads

New York - Once outdated relics in a digital world, painted advertisements are flourishing once again in New York, putting a dose of hip attitude into 21st century commercial art in the city that never sleeps.

Van Gogh goes virtual as 'Sunflowers' unite via livestream

Den Haag - Five versions of Vincent van Gogh's masterpiece painting "Sunflowers" will be united across three continents for the first time on Monday via a consecutive livestream feed, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam has said."On Monday...

Thieves strip 'Space Invader' mosaics from Paris walls

Paris - Thieves pretending to be Paris city workers have in the past few days stripped the French capital's walls of pixellated works from French urban artist Invader, the city said on Friday.

Banksy work comes top of poll of UK's favourite artworks

London - A graffiti work of a girl losing a heart-shaped balloon by artist Banksy is Britain's favourite artwork, according to a poll out Wednesday.

Dali's trademark moustache intact at '10 past 10' position

Madrid - Surrealist master Salvador Dali's trademark moustache is in perfect shape in its "ten past ten" position, the foundation that runs his estate said Friday, a day after his remains were exhumed to settle a paternity claim.

Are you my surreal dad? Dali to be exhumed in paternity case

Figueras - Salvador Dali's remains are to be exhumed on Thursday from his Spanish hometown in an effort to test a fortune teller's claims the renowned surrealist is her father.

Paris Pompidou Centre to open art gallery in Shanghai

Paris - The Pompidou Centre in Paris, which houses the world's second biggest collection of modern art, said Tuesday that it was close to signing a deal for a franchise gallery in Shanghai.

Syrian displaced by IS fight paints his heartache

Ak - Under the Islamic State group's rule, Syrian farmer Faysal was forced to hide his sketches and paintings, but displaced by fighting he has finally been able to resume his beloved hobby.

Spanish judge schedules Dali exhumation for July 20

Barcelona - A Spanish judge has scheduled the exhumation of the remains of Salvador Dali on July 20, the artist's foundation and a court said Thursday, although this date may change if an appeal is accepted.

Mexican artist aims for record mural on US border wall

Tijuana - On the imposing metal sheets of the border fence that divides Tijuana, Mexico from San Diego, California, a hand reaches out in friendship amid a burst of butterflies.Nearby, in darker tones, a pile of skulls is crowned by a steely cross.

Boogie Woogie, Baby!: Dutch infants take a shine to Mondrian

Den Haag - Ever wondered which artist is most preferred by babies? If it's up to the organisers of a tour for parents with small children in the Netherlands on Tuesday, the works of abstract artist Piet Mondrian win hands down.

Provocateur Ai Weiwei taunts US with activist piece

Washington - Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is blunt. When he wanted to make a political statement about crackdowns on dissent, he brought portraits of 176 political prisoners to one of America's most infamous high-security federal prisons.

Dali's 'daughter' says she wants her identity

Barcelona - Pilar Abel, the woman claiming to be Salvador Dali's daughter, said Tuesday she wanted to recover her identity more than anything else, a day after the artist's exhumation was ordered.

New museum boosts Paris claim to be modern art capital

Paris - One of the world's biggest art collectors unveiled Monday his plans for a spectacular new museum in Paris, cementing the city's claim to be a modern art capital.French billionaire Francois Pinault will show his $1.4 billion (1.

Google Doodle lets you create visual music

Today's Google Doodle offers Internet users a chance to use visual cues to create their own music. And we have abstract filmmaker Oskar Fischinger to thank for it.

Temples transformed: superheroes bolster Buddha's ranks

Nonthaburi - Superheroes are coming to the rescue of Thailand's temples, where monks have commissioned giant statues of comic book icons and toy robots to entertain children while parents donate to their coffers.

Political turmoil finds artistic outlet at Basel fair

Basel - Hundreds of glass bottles suspended in nets or hanging from chains hauntingly illustrate the horrors of the slave trade, while 40,000 golden bullets are poised menacingly above an egg-covered surface.

Art market eyes rebound as Basel fair kicks off

Basel - The global art market appeared to collectively sigh with relief as deep-pocketed collectors descended on Art Basel this week after two years of dwindling sales.

Dutch teacher wins 'night at the museum' dream prize

Den Haag - Amsterdam's famous Rijksmuseum this week welcomed its 10-millionth visitor, handing the winner a one-time dream prize: spending a night alone in the company of Rembrandt's masterpiece the "Night Watch"."I've slept two metres (6.

Angry Ukrainians say they've seen Koons's 'Ballerina' before

Kiev - Ukrainians took to the internet Thursday to lambaste star US artist Jeff Koons over his latest New York installation, a huge sculpture that appears remarkably similar to a work by a Ukrainian artist who died in 1993.

Iraqi artist secretly chronicled IS brutality

Al Hamdaniyah - Mustafa al-Tha'i worked in secret at night, using his brushes and pencils to record the violence he saw during the day under the Islamic State group's brutal reign in Iraq.

Sotheby's holds debut African modern art sale

London - Sotheby's, one of the world's oldest auction houses, is holding its first ever sale of modern and contemporary African art in London in response to a surge in demand.African artists currently account for just 0.
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