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Eyes on the prize: China cracks down on art, literary awards

Bejing - First went the fancy banquets, then the lavish gift-giving. Now, China's ruling Communist Party has set its sights on a new target in its anti-corruption drive: art and literary prizes.

Review: One year after 'Bring Back Our Girls,' an artist tries to heal us Special

Canadian artist James Picard has had enough of the "chin-up" mentality that has allowed millions of people to experience horrible, traumatic events and never discuss them again.

Canadian journalists win top architecture awards Special

Montreal - The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada had announced this year’s awards for media in architecture and the winner is the Montreal daily newspaper La Presse and two of its journalists.

Gaza police seize Banksy's disputed weeping goddess

Gaza - Gaza police have seized a work by famed street artist Banksy from a man who bought it for $200 from a family that later said it was duped, both sides told AFP.

Rome pensioner given $16 mn Picasso 'for act of kindness'

Rome - Italian police are trying to establish the true owner of a Picasso painting worth 15 million euros ($16 million) after confiscating it from a pensioner who says he was given it for free.

Suspended sentence in Picasso 'stolen works' trial

Magagnosc - A French court Friday handed down a two-year suspended sentence to a former electrician and his wife, who hid 271 Picasso works in their garage for close to 40 years.

German art dealer gets six years in jail for cheating Aldi heir

Berlin - A German court on Monday sentenced Helge Achenbach, one of the country's best-known art dealers, to six years in prison for defrauding the heir of the Aldi supermarket chain.

Austria avoids kissing goodbye to Nazi-looted Klimt masterpiece

Vienna - One of Austria's most treasured artworks, Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze, looks likely to remain in the country for now after an expert panel Friday rejected restitution claims by descendants of its Jewish former owners who were robbed by the Nazis.

Businessman charged with defrauding billionaire AS Monaco owner

Monaco - A prominent Swiss businessman was on Saturday charged in connection with an alleged art fraud targeting Russian oligarch and football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Dutch artists make waves with 'dead animal' art

Den Haag - In a loft in a disused school, Dutch artist Noortje Zijlstra takes a frozen crow carcass from a refrigerator and cuts it open, pursuing her latest "dead animal art" project.

Toronto's Artist Project celebrates its 8th year with a new show

Toronto - One of the largest art fairs in Toronto is the annual Artist Project, which kicks off with its annual Opening Night Party on February 19th. This is an unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from over 250 emerging and mid-career artists.

Tickets for this year's Burning Man festival go on sale Wednesday

Gerlach - Individual tickets for this year’s Burning Man event, an annual counterculture art festival that attracts tens of thousands to a temporary city in the Nevada desert, are scheduled to go on sale beginning Wednesday.

Cezanne exhibition to open at The Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver - More than 50 works from the great Impressionist masters will be put on display by the prestigious Perlman collection, this February 14th at the Vancouver Art Gallery — something which has not happened in more than 50 years.

Picasso case witnesses doubt he gifted works to electrician

Grasse - Witnesses at the French trial of a retired electrician accused of lying over how he got hold of 271 Picasso works cast doubt Wednesday on his claim they were a gift from the artist.

Da Vinci painting seized at Swiss bank

Rome - A hugely valuable painting believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci has been seized from a Swiss bank on the orders of Italian police who suspect it was moved out of the country illegally.

Twist to French trial over 271 'stolen' Picasso works

Grasse - A former electrician and his wife who kept 271 works of art by Picasso in their garage for close to 40 years went on trial in France on Tuesday accused of possessing stolen goods.

Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record haul

Rome - The Italian government said police had seized more than 5,000 ancient artefacts in a record 45-million-euro haul after dismantling a Swiss-Italian trafficking ring.

Author of 'Milk & Honey' speaks at official book launch Special

Brampton - A year ago, Rupi Kaur never thought her words and drawings would be turned into a book of prose, she told an audience who came to see her at the official launch of 'Milk and Honey: A Journey of Healing Through Poetry,' in Brampton.

Artist in free speech row returns honor to Cuban government

Havana - Performance artist Tania Bruguera, detained for trying to stage an open mic event in Cuba, resigned Monday from the artists' union and returned an award given to her by the communist government.

Artist Tania Bruguera speaks out after Cuba detention

Havana - Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera, detained for trying to stage an open-mic show in Havana, says a government crackdown may actually have helped her make her point.

Activist arrests revive U.S.-Cuba tensions

Havana - A Cuban crackdown on dissident activists caused a new rift with the United States, the first diplomatic scuffle since this month's historic announcement of a renewal in ties.

Cuba detains performance artist, other dissidents

Havana - Cuban authorities detained or kept at home several dissidents, including a performance artist who organized an open-mic session for Cubans to speak out about their future.

Lighting strikes twice on San Francisco Bay bridge

San Francisco - Funding has been found to turn 25,000 temporary flashing lights on the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge into a permanent art installation, the nonprofit arts group behind the project said this week.

'The Many Faces' Art Exhibition Opens in New York Gallery Sensei Special

New York - "The Many Faces," a new art exhibition exploring consumerism, sex, and American culture, opened in New York on December 12, 2014. The following photos are from the opening reception at Gallery Sensei, attended by the artists, curator, and art enthusiasts.

MSV in Winchester presents 'Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art' Special

Winchester - Northern Virginia is full of things to see and do and Winchester is no exception. A great museum to check out is the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Lots of art and history to see here.

Oldest ever abstract art found

Archaeologists have declared that a shell with geometric engravings was carved by a Homo erectus hundreds of thousands of years ago. It is said to be oldest ever recorded example of "abstract art."

China to send artists to countryside: Report

Bejing - China will send artists, film-makers, and TV personnel to live among the masses in rural areas in order to "form a correct view of art", state media said on Tuesday.

Man forgets scroll worth $1.25 million on train

We've all had the experience of forgetting something, be it a hat or a wallet, but one art collector has one-upped all those experiences by forgetting an art piece worth $1.25 million.

Swiss museum accepts Gurlitt art hoard, to return Nazi loot

Berlin - A Swiss museum on Monday accepted a German recluse's bequest of a spectacular trove of more than 1,000 artworks hoarded during the Nazi era, but pledged to restitute any looted pieces.

Art of Gothic book launch in London Special

London - The Art of Gothic is a new book by author and broadcaster Natasha Scharf. The book was launched on Halloween at a special event at the British Library in London. Digital Journal was in attendance.
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