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Giacometti sculpture in sealed bid auction - starting price $90mn

New York - A sculpture by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti is being auctioned by Sotheby's with a reserve price of $90 million but the winning offer on Tuesday could remain secret as it is being sold by sealed bid.

Torlonia collection's ancient sculptures back on show after restoration

Rome - One of the world's biggest private collections of antique marble sculpture is bringing restored works, from mythical creatures to statues of emperors, back to public display in Rome this month.

Christie's online sale fetches $421 mn despite virus pandemic

New York - Roy Lichtenstein's "Nude with Joyous Painting" was the big seller as a Christie's hybrid sale fetched an impressive $421 million Friday, signaling the art market is holding firm during the coronavirus pandemic.

Budapest's Banksy disciple sparks treasure hunts and nostalgia

Budapest - Drawing inspiration from enigmatic British artist Banksy, a sculptor of tiny bronze statues has gained a cult following in the Hungarian capital Budapest by placing his quirky works around the city for the public to discover.

Brazilian sculptor Francisco Brennand dies age 92

S - Francisco Brennand, a Brazilian sculptor best known for his monumental work in ceramics, died Thursday in his native Recife at age 92, hospital officials said.His death was attributed to respiratory problems.

Lebanese artist turns shrapnel into sculptures

Birut - There is a violinist, a farmer tilling his field, and a cockerel with a propeller for a head. All were once rockets, artillery shells, or bullets falling on Lebanon's battlefields.

Sculptor gets laughs in New York with monuments to fake tragedies

New York - It all started in 2016 with a bronze statue commemorating the tragic day in November 1963 when a giant octopus upended the Staten Island ferry, killing nearly 400 people in New York.Wait, what -- a giant octopus? Artist Joseph Reginella smiles.

Paris finds spot for controversial Jeff Koons tribute

Paris - A controversial art tribute to victims of the 2015 Paris attacks created by US artist Jeff Koons will be installed in central Paris at a site near the Champs Elysees, a city official said Friday.

Maldives destroys British statues deemed offensive to Islam

Colombo - Police armed with pickaxes and power tools have destroyed a modern artwork by a celebrated British sculptor in the Maldives, after the outgoing president in the tourist haven declared the installation offensive to Islam.

Poetry in motion: enter the world of the 'scrap metal poet'

Lizio - With its fairytale towers, quirky animated sculptures, fantastical constructions and musical fountains, the inventive world crafted out of discarded junk by the man known as the "Scrap Metal Poet" is tucked away deep in the northwestern French countrys...

Berlin museum returns Nazi-looted treasure

Berlin - A Berlin museum Monday said it had formally restituted a 15th century religious wooden sculpture to the heirs of former owners, a Jewish couple who fled the Nazi regime.

American artist Jack Whitten dies aged 78

New York - American painter and sculptor Jack Whitten has died at the age of 78, his gallery announced on Sunday.The black artist was known for continually evolving over his five-decade career -- from painting to sculpture and from figurative to abstract.

The forgotten history of Rodin's Napoleon, found in New Jersey

Washington - Napoleon Bonaparte and Auguste Rodin are both household names in their own right. But a bust of the French emperor created by the master sculptor faded into oblivion in an American town, only to be discovered by chance.

Russia unveils controversial Stalin bust

Moscow - A bronze bust of Joseph Stalin was unveiled in Moscow on Friday amid increasing concerns in Russia that the authorities are seeking to whitewash the Soviet dictator's crimes.

Op-Ed: Marin Society of Artists host sculpture exhibit celebration Special

San Rafael - With 49 Sculptors and 72 pieces of sculptured art on display, The Marin Society of Artists is very pleased to present in their venue the exhibit now showing to celebrate International Sculpture Day which is on April 24.

Bull versus the girl: iconic NY statues at loggerheads

New York - A battle is heating up between two iconic New York statues, the legendary "Charging Bull" and new kid on the block "Fearless Girl," with gender equality, artistic integrity and copyright issues at stake.

Op-Ed: Spring is time for art in the San Francisco Bay Area Special

San Rafael - As spring blossoms out, the points of interest for art lovers in the San Francisco Bay area are abundant. Like the those 'April rain showers' that bring forth the flowers, like the rhyme says, is so true for the local artistic scene.

Wall Street's 'Fearless Girl' statue to stay until 2018

New York - The popular bronze statue of a young girl staring down a bull on Wall Street will stay in place until March 2018, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

Chinese mall features Trump-like bird

Bejing - A Chinese shopping mall is ringing in the year of the rooster with a giant sculpture of a chicken that looks like US president-elect Donald Trump.

Sculptor of iconic knotted revolver, symbol of peace, dies

Stockholm - Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reutersward, best known for his iconic sculpture of a revolver with a knotted barrel displayed outside the UN headquarters in New York, has died aged 81, Swedish officials said Wednesday.

Giant statue of ex-Chinese leader Mao Zedong demolished

Bejing - A gargantuan gold-painted statue of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong has suddenly been demolished, apparently for lacking government approval, state media said Friday, days after images of it went viral.

Giant statue for China's Chairman Mao

Bejing - A gargantuan gold-painted statue of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong has been erected in open countryside by a group of capitalists at a cost of 3 million yuan ($460,000), reports said.

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.

Giant statue of Orthodox prince stirs controversy in Moscow

Moscow - Scaffolding surrounds the vast clay sculpture-in-progress inside a warehouse on Moscow's outskirts, yet already the statue of Vladimir the Great has caused an outcry as big as the monument itself.

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.

22 firefighters rescue student trapped in giant vagina sculpture

An exchange student from America attempted to crawl inside a vagina sculpture in Germany and It took nearly two dozen rescue workers to free him after he got trapped.

Amazing sculpture changes form based on where you view it from

Perspective can do some tricky things to the human mind. In this case it is used to create a piece of art that changes based on where you look at it from. Watch the video yourself and decide whether it is spectacular or not.

Spain's 'Always Shameless' artist hits New York City art scene Special

New York - A Spanish star will shine at the UNIX Gallery in NYC from June 12 to July 12, as the work of artist Eugenio Merino goes on show in his “Always Shameless” exhibition. This despite legal battles by the artist to defend his freedom of speech in Spain.

NY Met Museum of Art features Hindu-Buddhist sculpture exhibition

New York - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York is featuring an exhibition called “Lost Kingdoms Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century” till July 27, 2014.

Artist has an eye for detail Special

Edmonton - Ryan Wispinski has an eye for detail. Not just an eye, but a talent for creating images within images in most of his pieces of art.
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Slow Slugs climbing the steps towards Angers Cathedral with river Maine in background
Slow Slugs climbing the steps towards Angers Cathedral with river Maine in background
By permission of Florentijn Hofman
 Acts of Intolerance  sculpture in Union Square Park.  Springfield  IL
"Acts of Intolerance" sculpture in Union Square Park. Springfield, IL
Bronze sculpture of Romeo and Juliet greets Palmer House guests.
Bronze sculpture of Romeo and Juliet greets Palmer House guests.
See here is one of Sha Sha Higby s dance costumes displayed as sculpture. All of her works serve to ...
See here is one of Sha Sha Higby's dance costumes displayed as sculpture. All of her works serve to help her in her dance performances.
Diane Poinski, courtesy of Sha Sha Higby
The Festival of Leaves at the Park de la Tête d Or  Lyon France 2010
The Festival of Leaves at the Park de la Tête d'Or, Lyon France 2010
A sculpture of horses by Sayaka Ganz  using found objects
A sculpture of horses by Sayaka Ganz, using found objects
With permission by Sayaka Ganz
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London  a view of the Roman antiquities.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, a view of the Roman antiquities.
A lawn chair sculpture at Ezra s Pound in Toronto
A lawn chair sculpture at Ezra's Pound in Toronto
In the body of the beast - the cathedral-like interior of one of the Slow Slugs at Angers  Loire Val...
In the body of the beast - the cathedral-like interior of one of the Slow Slugs at Angers, Loire Valley, France
By Permission of Florentijn Hofman
Jack Layton memorial by Toronto artist David Pellettier at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.
Jack Layton memorial by Toronto artist David Pellettier at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.
Latest sculpture by Eugenio Merino of Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco as a punching ball.
Latest sculpture by Eugenio Merino of Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco as a punching ball.
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Yida (Comb)  1994/2010. Wooden relief  24 x 76 1⁄2 x 3⁄4 in. Seventeen pieces. Courtesy of the a...
Yida (Comb), 1994/2010. Wooden relief, 24 x 76 1⁄2 x 3⁄4 in. Seventeen pieces. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.
The Festival of Leaves at the Park de la Tête d Or  Lyon France 2010
The Festival of Leaves at the Park de la Tête d'Or, Lyon France 2010
Batoul S Himi s work takes major global issues and situates them in a global setting.
Batoul S'Himi's work takes major global issues and situates them in a global setting.
A sculpture  cleverly placed and viewed at the right angle appears to be the head of an extraterrest...
A sculpture, cleverly placed and viewed at the right angle appears to be the head of an extraterrestrial visitor.
El Anatsui   Earth’s Skin   2007. Aluminum and copper wire  177 x 394 in. (449.6 x 1000.8 cm). Cou...
El Anatsui, "Earth’s Skin", 2007. Aluminum and copper wire, 177 x 394 in. (449.6 x 1000.8 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photograph by Joe Levack, courtesy of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
Joe Levack
The Festival of Leaves at the Park de la Tête d Or  Lyon France 2010
The Festival of Leaves at the Park de la Tête d'Or, Lyon France 2010
Some of the many sculptures in the exhibition.
Some of the many sculptures in the exhibition.
Sophie Ryder
jeff koons  balloon dog  sculpture in Venice
jeff koons 'balloon dog' sculpture in Venice
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Henry Moore  Falling Warrior  1956-57. Bronze  65 x 154 x 85 cm. Tate Modern  London © The Henry Mo...
Henry Moore, Falling Warrior, 1956-57. Bronze, 65 x 154 x 85 cm. Tate Modern, London © The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS / SODRAC (2013) www.henry-moore.org
© The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS / SODRAC (2013)

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