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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.

Banksy shocks art world by shredding £1 mn work at auction

London - British street artist Banksy has stunned the art world with arguably his most audacious prank yet, self-destructing one of his best-known works moments after it fetched more than a million pounds at auction in London.

Robin Williams memorabilia fetches $6.1 million in NY

New York - Art, film memorabilia and personal effects owned by the late actor Robin Williams and his wife fetched $6.1 million at auction in New York on Thursday, four years after his death, Sotheby's said.

Art rebels Basquiat and Schiele face off in Paris shows

Paris - Two new major exhibitions opening in Paris on Wednesday counterpoint the work of a pair of art world rebels -- Jean-Michel Basquiat and Egon Schiele.

The tricky process of returning Nazi-looted art

Paris - The Nazis stole thousands of artworks from Jewish families during World War II and their restitution has been a slow process, involving legal battles, complex searches and some stunning finds.

US couple lose bid to win back WWII looted Pissarro painting

Paris - An American couple on Tuesday lost their bid to win back a painting by Impressionist master Camille Pissarro, as a French court confirmed it must be handed to the family of the Jewish collector it was looted from during World War II.

French court to rule on WWII looted Pissarro painting

Paris - A French court will rule Tuesday on an American couple's appeal against an order to hand over a painting they bought which had been looted from a Jewish collector during World War II.

Virtual reality exhibit brings art to life Special

Bicester - The Tate Gallery has opened the Amedeo Modigliani virtual reality experience at a shopping center near Oxford, U.K. The exhibit takes center-stage in a pop-up shop, showcasing that entertainment applications of virtual reality are not only about gaming.

Disappearing act: What happened to Hong Kong's Umbrella Art?

Fpo - Illuminated under a spotlight at London's British Museum, hand-drawn sketches of Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement are part of a new exhibition on dissent that offers a rare glimpse of the artworks produced during the pro-democracy rallies.

Spray-can satire creates headache for Thai junta

Bangkok - Thailand's junta chief caricatured as a "lucky cat" with a paw raised to rake in money, or his face crossed out by a thick, red line -- daring graffiti is cropping up across Bangkok as the city's walls become a canvas for rare political scorn.

Authorities reject art project bid to rebuild Berlin Wall

Berlin - German authorities said Friday they were blocking a plan to rebuild part of the Berlin Wall for a massive film-art project in the German capital.

Ancient Greece-inspired erotic art sparks debate in Spain

Valencia - Explicitly erotic sculptures inspired by ancient Greek ceramic art are making waves at a marina in the Spanish city of Valencia.

French court frees Russian artist who set Paris bank ablaze

Paris - A Paris court on Thursday freed a radical Russian artist imprisoned since last October after he torched the facade of a French central bank building to protest the outsize role of bankers.

Dealers bristle as calls grow for restitution of colonial-era art

Paris - Among the specialists in indigenous art gathering for their annual trade show in Paris this week, resistance is growing to demands that works taken from native peoples be returned decades or even centuries after the fact.

North Korea's 'Mass Games' return after five-year absence

Pyongyang - The biggest show on earth made an astonishing comeback Sunday as North Korea put on its all-singing, all-dancing propaganda display, the 'Mass Games', for the first time in five years.

Spanish sculptures get kitschy colours in another botched restoration

Madrid - A Spanish parishioner has painted three 15th century sculptures in garish colours, giving Jesus a bright green robe in the latest botched amateur art restoration to make headlines in the country.

London design biennale offers sensory exploration of the world

London - Filled with sounds, smells and interactive installations, the second London Design Biennale offers visitors a sensory exploration of the world, intended as an antidote to the "island mentality" of Brexit.

Taiwan graffiti artist swaps spray for ink in epic tattoos

Taipei - In a small workshop down a narrow alleyway in Taipei's Ximending district, tattoo artist Bobo Chen is refreshing a scene from a Japanese epic with new ink on a client's back.

Syrian torture chambers brought to life in haunting drawings

Yerres - Najah Albukai's head is filled with the dead and disappeared of Syria's civil war.

Bemused Banksy says 'nothing to do with' major Russian exhibition

Moscow - The reclusive British street artist Banksy has said in a bemused social media post he was not involved in a major exhibition of his works currently on display in Moscow.

Fukushima nuclear statue ignites online furore

Apo - A giant statue of a child wearing a radiation suit in the Japanese city of Fukushima has touched off a storm of criticism online as the nuclear-hit area seeks to rebuild its reputation."Sun Child", a 6.

Broken art: Ai Weiwei's Beijing studio faces wrecking ball

Bejing - An excavator shattered the windows of Ai Weiwei's largest studio while workers hustled away his art on Friday, preparing to demolish the old Beijing factory three years after the artist and government critic left China.

Macron unveils new face of France's 'Marianne'

P - Flowing curls of hair swept back from a resolute gaze under her phrygian cap: President Emmanuel Macron presented on Thursday a distinctively modern face for France's traditional symbol of its revolutionary values.

Banksy's lesser-known works on show in London

London - Street artist Banksy is known around the world for his simple graffiti stencils, often with a sharp political point, but a new London exhibition is an opportunity to discover his wider talents.

Stephen Ditko, Spider-Man co-creator, dies at 90

New York - US comics artist Stephen Ditko, co-creator of Marvel superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, has died. He was 90.Police in New York said he was found in his apartment on June 29, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Art dynasty heir Wildenstein cleared at Paris fraud trial

Paris - Guy Wildenstein, the Franco-American patriarch of an art-dealing dynasty, was cleared Friday of tax fraud after being accused of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from French authorities.

Art dynasty heir Wildenstein cleared at Paris fraud trial

Paris - Guy Wildenstein, the Franco-American patriarch of the Wildenstein art-dealing dynasty, was cleared Friday of tax fraud after being accused of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from French authorities.

Banksy's Paris street art 'blitz' a tribute to rebels of 1968

Paris - Street artist Banksy has confirmed that he "blitzed" Paris with up to a dozen murals as a tribute to the May 1968 uprising and even taking aim at the French government's hard line on migrants.
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Statue of King Louis XIV  Place Bellecour  Lyon France
Statue of King Louis XIV, Place Bellecour, Lyon France
Navajo artifact currently in the hands of private collector.
Navajo artifact currently in the hands of private collector.
Laurel Holloman at QAF/TLW convention  Paris 2010 - Photo: Alice Sonia Labrousse (Courtesy of the ph...
Laurel Holloman at QAF/TLW convention, Paris 2010 - Photo: Alice Sonia Labrousse (Courtesy of the photographer)
Alice Sonia Labrousse
High Museum of Art  Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Looking up at the Sargasso art exhibit in Toronto s Brookfield Place
Looking up at the Sargasso art exhibit in Toronto's Brookfield Place
B/W Nature
B/W Nature
Carol Matson s work is on display at Arcadia Gallery in Toronto.
Carol Matson's work is on display at Arcadia Gallery in Toronto.
Lilly McElroy literally threw herself at men all in the name of art.
Lilly McElroy literally threw herself at men all in the name of art.
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ART: Attendees cruise around near the statue to be set afire at the 2013 Burning Man counterculture ...
ART: Attendees cruise around near the statue to be set afire at the 2013 Burning Man counterculture festival in the Nevada desert.
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Sydney Life exhibition  Central Walkway  Hyde Park North.
Sydney Life exhibition, Central Walkway, Hyde Park North.
Carol Matson s work is on display at Arcadia Gallery in Toronto.
Carol Matson's work is on display at Arcadia Gallery in Toronto.
B/W Nature
B/W Nature
Bay Area landscape artist Andreas Amador employs San Francisco s beaches as a canvas for his artisti...
Bay Area landscape artist Andreas Amador employs San Francisco's beaches as a canvas for his artistic vision
Andres Amador
 Grandness Of the Minutia   Acrylic.  I have parents who never questioned individual creative expres...
"Grandness Of the Minutia", Acrylic. "I have parents who never questioned individual creative expression, and, instead, encouraged it, "Burgers explains. "From the time I was young, the most exciting activity for me was the process of figuring out what to do with a material and just playing with it. Maintaining this curiosity allowed me to become an artist."
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The Mending Project by Lee Mingwei.
The Mending Project by Lee Mingwei.
Workers planted each stalk carefully to create this masterpiece.
Workers planted each stalk carefully to create this masterpiece.
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Girls being girls dressing themselves in the style of the time in a room set aside for young visitor...
Girls being girls dressing themselves in the style of the time in a room set aside for young visitors
 Box Sized DIE  - an art installation by João Onofre in London s Sculpture in the City.
"Box Sized DIE" - an art installation by João Onofre in London's Sculpture in the City.
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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.