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Suspected Banksy work tackles climate protests

London - A new work believed to be by British street artist Banksy appeared near London's Marble Arch on Friday, where climate change protesters have camped out for days.

Bashir's overthrow inspires Sudan graffiti artists

Khartoum - With the fall of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir, Sudan's long stifled graffiti artists are finally able to express their art, painting the country's revolution in murals and portraits flourishing across Khartoum's walls.

Notre-Dame paintings removed amid lead pollution fears

Paris - French art experts headed into the stricken Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to remove all the remaining paintings on Friday despite warnings from an environmental group that the site could be a toxic health threat.

Stolen Van Goghs due back on display after 16 years

Den Haag - Two Vincent van Gogh masterpieces stolen 16 years ago from the Amsterdam museum dedicated to his works will go back on display this week after extensive restoration, curators said Tuesday.

Ai Weiwei unveils Lego portraits of Mexico's missing students

Mexico - Chinese artist Ai Weiwei unveiled a series of portraits Thursday made with around one million Lego blocks, depicting 43 Mexican students who were abducted and apparently massacred in 2014.

Charlie Daniels announces The Alliance Collection at the Pentagon

Washington - Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels and his non-profit organization, The Journey Home Project, have formed a partnership with the Rich Poverty organization, in an effort to put together a new art exhibit at the Pentagon.

Success shreds JR's Louvre illusion

Paris - A whimsical collage in the courtyard of France's Louvre art museum had a short shelf life after a swarm of tourists and art lovers left it in shreds.

Picasso in I.Coast? A village tells of its brush with the artist

Botro - "I'm sure! I tell you, he came. I saw him!" insists Soro Navaghi, keen to extinguish any doubts about Picasso's visit to a small Ivorian village famed for its painted textiles.

FBI to return Nazi-stolen art to Jewish collector's heirs

New York - A painting stolen from the family of art collector Adolphe Schloss by Germans during the World War II occupation of France will be returned to his descendants in New York, the French consulate said in a statement Tuesday.

Spanish king's inflammable statue sparks art fair row

Madrid - Want to burn a statue of Spain's King Felipe VI? For 200,000 euros, it's a deal -- a contractual obligation, even -- at Madrid's ARCO contemporary art fair, where two artists known for courting controversy are showing a giant effigy of the monarch.

'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.
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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
Work by Cecilia Giménez   restorer  of Ecce Homo  on eBay
Work by Cecilia Giménez, "restorer" of Ecce Homo, on eBay
Cecilia Giménez
From the  Where the Hell is Matt?  video  2008
From the 'Where the Hell is Matt?' video, 2008
Peace Statue  Place Tolozan  Lyon France
Peace Statue, Place Tolozan, Lyon France
The Journey by Michael Platt.  Pigment print on canvas.  Ed. 1/3.  2011
The Journey by Michael Platt. Pigment print on canvas. Ed. 1/3. 2011
Images from The Works Art and Design Festival in Edmonton.
Images from The Works Art and Design Festival in Edmonton.
Carol Matson s work is on display at Arcadia Gallery in Toronto.
Carol Matson's work is on display at Arcadia Gallery in Toronto.
Women pointing at the Sargasso art exhibit in Toronto s Brookfield Place
Women pointing at the Sargasso art exhibit in Toronto's Brookfield Place
Workers planted each stalk carefully to create this masterpiece.
Workers planted each stalk carefully to create this masterpiece.
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B/W Nature
B/W Nature
Above Sydney (Jenny Evans)
Above Sydney (Jenny Evans)
Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.”  Art Institute of Chicago.  Chicago  IL
Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.” Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL
 The Many Faces  art exhibition opening at Gallery Sensei  NYC on December 12  2014
"The Many Faces" art exhibition opening at Gallery Sensei, NYC on December 12, 2014
A piece of art at the Eastside Gallery  a 1.3 km long section of the Berlin Wall located near the ce...
A piece of art at the Eastside Gallery, a 1.3 km long section of the Berlin Wall located near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
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.
File photo: Skating in Holland  Unknown author  Oil on canvas 31.8 x 46.4 cm. Sir Hugh Lane Bequest ...
File photo: Skating in Holland, Unknown author, Oil on canvas 31.8 x 46.4 cm. Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917; on loan to the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, since 1979. Signed: Jongkind, but likely to be a forgery.
National Gallery, London
High Museum of Art  Atlanta
High Museum of Art, Atlanta

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