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'Gagging' law protecting Cuban culture draws artists' ire

Havana - A law obliging Cuban artists to register with the ministry of culture has created controversy on the Caribbean island known for its spontaneous musical tradition.

Five 'Hitler' paintings to go under hammer in Nuremberg

Nuremberg - Five paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler will be auctioned off Saturday in the German city of Nuremberg, sparking anger that the Nazi memorabilia market is alive and well.

Mini mice architecture draws crowds in Sweden

Malm - With a grin spreading across his face, a man bends down to take a photo of a miniature rubbish bin and street sign at the foot of a building in the southern Swedish town of Malmo.Lost items from a dollhouse?

Suspect held over brazen art theft from Moscow museum

Moscow - Russian police on Monday detained a man they believe snatched a 19th-century painting off the wall in a busy Moscow museum then strolled out past visitors and security.

Suspect nabbed in brazen art theft from Moscow museum

Moscow - A man who snatched a 19th-century painting off the wall in a busy Moscow museum and calmy walked out has been arrested, authorities said Monday.

'Indiana Jones of art' finds stolen Spanish carvings in English garden

Den Haag - A Dutch art detective has returned two priceless stone reliefs stolen from an ancient Spanish church after tracing them to an English nobleman's garden where they were displayed as ornaments.

Jail for radical Russian artist who set Bank of France on fire

Paris - A court jailed an exiled Russian artist Thursday for setting fire to the facade of a French central bank building, a performance that was filmed and circulated on social media.

Germany returns Nazi-looted work to French Jewish collector's heirs

Berlin - Germany on Tuesday returned a painting looted by the Nazis to the heirs of French Jewish politician and resistance leader Georges Mandel.

I.Coast calls on France to return 148 artworks

Abidjan - Ivory Coast said Wednesday it had drawn up a list of 148 works of art taken during the colonial period that it wants France to return.

Dead stag installed at former US base in South Korea

Paju - A stuffed deer stands in a former US ammunition store just outside the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas, tree branches spreading up from its antlers towards the roof.

Pussy Riot activists plot S.Africa art project

Cape Town - Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot hinted Friday at an attention-grabbing outcome after a two-week artistic collaboration in South Africa, but they stuck to their vow to keep their next performance a secret.

Rare Van Gogh photo is of Vincent's brother, say experts

Amsterdam - For decades bright-eyed boy in the photograph was believed to be the legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh at the age of 13.

Senegal wants restitution of 'all' its artwork: minister

Dakar - Senegal's culture minister called on Tuesday for the restitution by France of all Senegalese artwork following a French report urging the return of African art treasures.

France to return African treasures to Benin

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday agreed to return 26 cultural artefacts to Benin "without delay", a move that could put pressure on other former colonial powers to return African artworks to their countries of origin.

France to return 26 artworks to Benin

Paris - France's President Emmanuel Macron agreed Friday to return 26 artworks to Benin "without delay," his office said.

Africans cheer call for France to return treasures

Paris - African museum directors on Wednesday welcomed an expert report calling on France to allow the return of thousands of African treasures and artworks, a radical policy shift that could put pressure on other former colonial powers.

But is it art? Pranksters plant missing 'Picasso' in Romania

Den Haag - A writer who thought she had found a painting by Pablo Picasso stolen in an infamous art heist six years ago said Sunday she was the victim of a "publicity stunt", Dutch media reported.

Missing 'Picasso' thought found in Romania a hoax: report

Den Haag - A writer who thought she had found a masterpiece by Pablo Picasso stolen in an infamous art heist six years ago said Sunday she was the victim of a "publicity stunt", the NOS Dutch public newscaster reported.

'Picasso' stolen in Rotterdam possibly found in Romania

Bucharest - One of seven paintings stolen six years ago from a museum in The Netherlands as part of a spectacular art heist may have been found in Romania, the public prosector in Bucharest said Sunday.

Missing St Mark mosaic finally returns to Cyprus

Den Haag - One of the last missing pieces of Byzantine art stolen from Cyprus in the 1970s was handed back this week by a renowned, and proud Dutch art investigator.

Hockney sells for $90.3mn, smashes living artist record

New York - A masterful swimming pool painting by British legend David Hockney sold for $90.3 million in New York on Thursday, smashing a new auction record for a living artist.

Warhol in New York: a fresh experience for audiences old and new

New York - His Marilyn Monroe paintings and oversize soup cans are cultural icons, but in an exhibition opening Monday, New York's Whitney Museum hopes to paint a new, more complex picture of Andy Warhol.

French court fines Jeff Koons guilty of plagiarism

Paris - A French court on Thursday ruled that celebrity US artist Jeff Koons copied an idea from an advertisement used by a French clothing chain, fining him along with the museum which exhibited the contested work.

Old Master? Cave paintings from 40,000 years ago are world's earliest figurative art

Apo - A painting of an animal in an Indonesian cave dates from at least 40,000 years ago, making it the world's oldest piece of figurative art, new research has shown.

Pussy Riot activists stand up for Hong Kong freedoms

Fpo - Members of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot joined Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners Saturday to defend freedom of expression as Beijing tightens its grip on the semi-autonomous city.

Dutch Nazi art probe rejects Kandinsky claim

Den Haag - The heirs of a Jewish art collector have lost their bid to reclaim a prized Kandinsky painting sold to Amsterdam's famous Stedelijk Museum during World War II, the museum said Friday.

Hong Kong art show cancelled after 'China threats'

Fpo - A highly anticipated art show in Hong Kong by a Chinese political cartoonist was cancelled Friday due to safety concerns with organisers citing "threats made by Chinese authorities relating to the artist".

In a London warehouse, the tools of Britain's soft power

London - In an unremarkable warehouse down a back alley in central London, thousands of paintings, prints and drawings are lined up in racks, awaiting distribution around the world in a British display of "soft power".

Buyer of shredded Banksy work goes through with deal

London - The buyer of a work by street artist Banksy that was partially destroyed moments after it sold has gone through with the purchase, Sotheby's auction house said Thursday.

Shredded Banksy painting worth more than original, experts say

Paris - When street artist Banksy destroyed one of his works of art last week seconds after it was sold at auction, he probably added to its value, with some experts suggesting it could now be worth double its original price.
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Tuscany, Italy July 2011
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Secret Women’s Business (Daniel Gibbs)
Images from The Works Art and Design Festival in Edmonton.
Images from The Works Art and Design Festival in Edmonton.
Acadia Gallery in Toronto is taking part in Nuit Blanche for the first time with 13 artists.
Acadia Gallery in Toronto is taking part in Nuit Blanche for the first time with 13 artists.
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Cycle Critters, made from recycled bike parts. By Mike Schram of Toronto
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Statue of King Louis XIV, Place Bellecour, Lyon France
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Art work is on display throughout the festival grounds.
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Using the city of Toronto as a photography backdrop
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Images about the presentation of the new book, written by Italian journalist and writer, Roberta Maresci. The book speaks about life and artistic career of famous singer, dancer, showgirl and anchorwoman TV, Raffaella Carrà. The same book was presented inside of Art Fashion and Design Academy, based in Rome.
Acadia Gallery in Toronto is taking part in Nuit Blanche for the first time with 13 artists.
Acadia Gallery in Toronto is taking part in Nuit Blanche for the first time with 13 artists.
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B/W Nature
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Using the city of Toronto as a photography backdrop
Using the city of Toronto as a photography backdrop
Images about the presentation of the new book  written by Italian journalist and writer  Roberta Mar...
Images about the presentation of the new book, written by Italian journalist and writer, Roberta Maresci. The book speaks about life and artistic career of famous singer, dancer, showgirl and anchorwoman TV, Raffaella Carrà. The same book was presented inside of Art Fashion and Design Academy, based in Rome.
Carol Matson s work is on display at Arcadia Gallery in Toronto.
Carol Matson's work is on display at Arcadia Gallery in Toronto.
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Sayaka Ganz's portrayal of fish spawning, using kitchen utensils
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