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China's largest ever Picasso exhibition opens

Bejing - The largest Picasso exhibition ever held in China opens on Saturday, featuring more than 100 works -- many of them from the artist's early years.

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.

Rare Picasso self-portrait expected to fetch $70 million

Fpo - A rare Picasso believed to be a self-portrait created when he was under threat of deportation to a Nazi concentration camp is expected to fetch US$70 million at auction, Christie's said Friday as the work went on view in Hong Kong.

Picasso painting of muse, future lover fetches European record £50 mln

London - A Pablo Picasso portrait of his muse Marie-Therese Walter with future lover Dora Maar emerging from the shadows fetched £50 million (57 million euros, $69 million) at a London sale Wednesday, a European auction record for a painting.

Iraqis throng to Picasso in Baghdad

Baghdad - Picasso, Dali, Miro, Chagall... names that are instantly recognisable in the international art world. Now works by these masters are being exhibited in Baghdad thanks to an anonymous Iraqi collector.

Online exhibit shows hidden depths of Picasso's 'Guernica'

Madrid - Spray-painted in murals, wielded on anti-war banners, and even once hung as a tapestry at the United Nations, Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" might be the world's most famous political artwork.

Picasso's mansion fails to find new buyer

Nice - A New Zealand financier has two months to come up with 20.1 million euros ($24 million) to buy Spanish artist Pablo Picasso's mansion on the French Riviera after no new bidders emerged Thursday.

Madrid to hold major Picasso exhibit for 'Guernica' anniversary

Madrid - Madrid's Reina Sofia museum said Tuesday it would stage a major Pablo Picasso exhibition to mark the 80th anniversary of his famed "Guernica" painting, a universal symbol of the cruelty of war.

Picasso's widow may have hidden artworks from son, court told

Aix-en-provence - A retired electrician who kept nearly 300 Pablo Picasso artworks in his garage for almost 40 years told a French appeal court Monday that the artist's widow may have wanted to keep the works hidden from his son Claude.

'Picasso' painting seized in Turkey dismissed as fake

Paris - A painting seized by Turkish authorities that was reported to be a stolen Picasso is a fake, the Picasso Administration, charged with managing the artist's estate, said on Monday.

Turkey police recover stolen Picasso in Istanbul: Report

Ankara - Turkish police have recovered an original painting by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in an undercover operation in Istanbul, state-run Anatolia news agency reported on Saturday.

Op-Ed: Expensive art or garbage? Both, as NY auction prices show

New York City - Art collectors are a strange breed. They spend a fortune on old art, however unnecessary or superseded, and don’t spend a cent on new artists. Apparently loving “Art” means adding a few dollar metrics to the rampant affection.

Spain banker accused of trying to smuggle Picasso art

Madrid - Courts are prosecuting a prominent Spanish banker accused of trying to smuggle a 26 million-euro Picasso painting out of Spain on a yacht, sources said Friday.

Sotheby's to auction Picasso's 'La Gommeuse'

London - A rare Pablo Picasso painting from the collection of US tycoon Bill Koch that will be sold on November 5 was shown in London for the first time on Friday.

Russian billionaire gives up Picassos in art dealer feud

Paris - A billionaire Russian art collector has handed over two Picasso watercolours to French authorities investigating whether they were stolen, in the latest twist of a feud with his Swiss art dealer that has gripped the high-end art world.

Swiss art dealer charged in France in case of 'stolen Picassos'

Paris - A Paris court on Monday charged a Swiss art dealer with handling stolen goods in a case relating to the alleged theft of Picasso works.

Computer algorithm can create a masterpiece in one hour

There is now a computer algorithm that can recreate a Van Gogh or Picasso painting in just 60 minutes. The algorithm has been developed by German computer programmers.

Missing Picasso gem found in US to be returned to France

Washington - "La Coiffeuse," a cubist work by Picasso worth about $15 million, will be returned to France where it was stolen 17 years ago, US officials said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stolen 1911 Picasso seized in NY by Homeland Security

Stolen some 10 years ago, Picasso's $2.5M century-old cubist painting, "La Coiffeuse," has been seized by the U.S. Homeland Security. It was found in a New York mail room wearing a $37 Fed Ex shipping label.

Stolen Picasso, other art burned to crisp by thief's mother

The artwork was painted by Picasso in 1971, just two years before he died at the age of 91. It was stolen in October last year from a Dutch art gallery and the remains have now possibly surfaced, after the work was burned literally to a crisp.

Drawing Surrealism in New York Special

New York - On now through April 21st at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, 'Drawing Surrealism' examines the role and function of drawing in the surrealist art movement. It's fascinating for both artists and non-artists alike.

500,000 guests at Crystal Bridges Museum since opening last year

Bentonville - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art reached the half million mark today in terms of visitors to the museum, which opened less than a year ago.

Police arrest man in theft of Picasso drawing

San Francisco - The San Francisco Police Department has arrested a man responsible for the theft of a Picasso pencil sketch Tuesday, with an estimated value of a quarter of a million dollars.

Artist paints with the passion within her, no art school required Special

San Francisco - This exhibit is Christina Vartanian’s first. She confided that she had never been to art school and other than a few lessons in six grade, she has never received any formal art training or instruction.

Picasso’s priciest and least seen work on display in London

London - The most expensive painting ever sold at auction, "Nude, green leaves and bust" by Pablo Picasso, goes for the first time on public display starting today at Tate Modern in London.

Picasso painting sells for $40.7 million, double estimated price

London - Pablo Picasso's 1932 painting of his 17-year-old mistress sold for £25,241,250 ($40,711,612 / €29,744,296), more than double the lowest estimate, at a Sotheby's auction in London Tuesday evening.
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Crowds are still streaming in to see the Picasso exhibit almost a month after its debut at San Franc...
Crowds are still streaming in to see the Picasso exhibit almost a month after its debut at San Francisco's de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park
Picasso s 2011 “La Coiffeuse”
Picasso's 2011 “La Coiffeuse”
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Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)  Women at the Seashore  November 25  1932  India ink. Collection of Gail...
Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), Women at the Seashore, November 25, 1932, India ink. Collection of Gail and Tony Ganz © 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
 El Loco (cabeza de arlequín)  by Picasso
"El Loco (cabeza de arlequín)" by Picasso
Pablo Picasso at work.
Pablo Picasso at work.
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Picasso drawing  Tete de Femme  was recovered by police after being stolen from the Weinstein Galler...
Picasso drawing "Tete de Femme" was recovered by police after being stolen from the Weinstein Gallery in San Francisco.
San Franciso Police
A drawing signed Pablo Picasso features on a postcard auctioned in Germany
A drawing signed Pablo Picasso features on a postcard auctioned in Germany
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