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Russia probes smashing of 'Mephistopheles' figure claimed by Orthodox group

Sanktpeterburg - Russia has launched a probe after a century-old figure of Mephistopheles was ripped down in Saint Petersburg, with Orthodox activists claiming responsibility amid fears of an increasing intolerance in the country.

The 'Rainbow Grandpa' saving a Taiwan village with art

Taipei - Huang Yung-fu greets visitors to his village in central Taiwan with paint-stained hands and shoes spattered with flecks of colour, a sign of the daily artistic labour that has seen him single-handedly stave off the developers' bulldozers.

Moscow art smashed as Orthodox activists denounce 'blasphemy'

Moscow - Sculptures by a renowned Soviet artist on show in central Moscow were smashed after being denounced by Orthodox activists as "blasphemous.

Artist portrays Star Wars characters on vacation

Ever wondered how Darth Vader would look lazing on the countryside? Artist Kyle Hagey creates portraits of various Star Wars characters out of their element.

Picasso painting seized on yacht returns to Spain

Madrid - A Picasso worth over 25 million euros that was seized from a yacht off the French island of Corsica was transferred to a Madrid museum on Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Interior designer on quest to bring more art programs to seniors Special

Sonoma - Over a year ago, when some of the seniors at Vintage Sonoma Assisted Living Center wanted to do more art work, interior designer Bonnie Walner realized something.

Spanish banker 'can sell seized Picasso'

Madrid - Lawyers for a Spanish banker accused of trying to illegally export a Picasso worth 25 million euros claimed Friday that the painting is officially British and can be sold abroad.

China's Ai Weiwei says wants to teach art in Berlin

Berlin - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, in Germany after being barred from overseas travel for four years, says he is interested in teaching for a while in Berlin.

Artist Ai Weiwei expects to be able to return to China

Berlin - China's most prominent artist Ai Weiwei, who arrived in Germany last week on his first overseas trip since his passport was confiscated four years ago, said Wednesday he expects to be able to return home.

Spain's Picasso 'national treasure' seized by French customs

Ajaccio - A Picasso worth 25 million euros and considered a national treasure by Spain -- which had barred the painting's export -- has been seized from a boat in Corsica, French authorities said Tuesday.

UK grants Chinese artist Ai Weiwei new visa in U-turn

London - Britain's interior minister ordered officials Friday to grant Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa, reversing a decision to restrict him to a short trip that had prompted condemnation from rights groups.

Artist Ai Weiwei arrives in Germany as Britain slammed over visa

Munich - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei arrived in Germany Thursday on his first overseas trip since he was arrested nearly four years ago, after Britain denied him a six-month visa because he did not declare a supposed "criminal conviction" on his applicat...

China artist Ai Weiwei says Britain restricted his visa

Bejing - Britain has denied Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month visa and restricted him to a three-week trip because he did not declare a "criminal conviction" in his application, he cited an embassy official as saying Thursday.

Interview: Horace Panter of The Specials discusses music and art Special

The bass player with the ska/2 Tone legends is also an accomplished artist who has exhibited his paintings all over the world. He gave an exclusive interview to Digital Journal.

China artist Ai Weiwei given German visa

Bejing - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has been given a visa to travel to Germany, he told AFP on Monday, just days after police handed him back his passport following a four year confiscation.

China artist Ai Weiwei says passport returned after four years

Bejing - Police handed Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei back his passport on Wednesday four years after it was confiscated, he told AFP, hailing the move with a smiley emoticon.

London's Royal Academy crowdfunds Ai Weiwei installation

London - The Royal Academy of Arts in London launched a crowdfunding appeal on Wednesday for an installation by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei that would see its courtyard filled with giant reconstructed trees.

French architects chosen for Helsinki Guggenheim museum

Helsinki - A design by a French studio, Moreau Kusunoki Architectes, has been selected for the future Helsinki Guggenheim museum, the foundation supporting the Finnish bid for the project announced Tuesday.

Turkish sculptor faces jail for 'insulting' Erdogan

Istanbul - A prominent Turkish sculptor risks over four years in prison on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after being locked in a dispute with the Turkish strongman over one of his works.

Spanish police return art stolen from Swedish churches

Madrid - Spanish police on Monday returned 12 artworks, including several 15th-century wood engravings, to Sweden's embassy in Madrid after they were allegedly stolen by a Spaniard from Swedish churches and museums.

Postcard by Picasso smashes auction record

A postcard, featuring a signed drawing by Pablo Picasso, has fetched a record amount for such an item. The postcard was sold for $188,000 at auction.

Paintings by Hitler sold at German auction for $450,000

Berlin - Watercolour paintings and drawings by Adolf Hitler from about a century ago were sold at auction in Germany at the weekend for nearly 400,000 euros ($450,000), organisers said.

Tracey Emin, bad girl of UK art, 'slowly' catching up to her age

Basel - British artist Tracey Emin seems stressed and ruffled as she weaves through crowds of deep-pocketed collectors to reach three of her pieces on prominent display at Art Basel."It's a trade fair, isn't it?

'Queen's vagina' sculptor lashes out at French 'intolerance' after vandalism

Paris - A British artist who created a controversial sculpture at the Palace of Versailles that has become known as the "queen's vagina" lashed out at French "intolerance" Thursday after his work was vandalised.

'Queen's vagina' sculpture at Versailles vandalised

Paris - Vandals have sprayed yellow paint on a controversial sculpture on display in the gardens of France's famed Palace of Versailles that has become known as the "queen's vagina"."Damage to the work 'Dirty Corner' was discovered Wednesday morning.

'Iconic' Bach portrait set for public gaze after return to Germany

Leipzig - The best-known portrait of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach goes on public display for the first time in centuries Friday in his former home city after an odyssey sparked by the Nazis' rise.

Watercolours by Hitler to go under the hammer in Germany

Berlin - Watercolour paintings and drawings by Adolf Hitler from about 100 years ago are to go up for auction in southern Germany this month, an auction house said Tuesday.Some of the works, which date from 1904 to 1922, are signed A.

German police find Hitler's long-lost horse sculptures

Berlin - German police Wednesday recovered two life-sized bronze sculptures of horses worth millions that once stood outside Adolf Hitler's chancellery but vanished in the year the Berlin Wall fell.

Guggenheim vs Guggenheim in French court over art treasures

Paris - The descendants of famous heiress and art collector Peggy Guggenheim on Tuesday went head to head in a French appeals court over her sumptuous collection of works housed in an 18th century palace on Venice's Grand Canal.

Shirin Neshat, inadvertent narrator of history

Washington - Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat's dark kohl-lined eyes are immediately recognizable. Now she is bringing their gaze on Iranian and Arab women's resistance to oppression to this most political of cities.
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Sydney Life exhibition  Central Walkway  Hyde Park North.
Sydney Life exhibition, Central Walkway, Hyde Park North.
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Miniature replicas of the Watts Towers fixed atop a tree
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Bay Area landscape artist Andreas Amador employs San Francisco's beaches as a canvas for his artistic vision
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Using the city of Toronto as a photography backdrop
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Photo from IceBerg, by Evelyn Berg. Used with permission by the photographer.
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An artistic hand painting by Guido Daniele, depicting an elephant
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Lilly McElroy literally threw herself at men all in the name of art.
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Photos of Lilly McElroy literally throwing herself at men.
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Acadia Gallery in Toronto is taking part in Nuit Blanche for the first time with 13 artists.
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Hoper by Mendelson Joe
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Visual art from Palestinian artists Tarzan and Arab.
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Changing Tides: Contemporary Art of Newfoundland and Labrador
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