Visual arts

In this March 22, 2017 photo, the Charging Bull and Fearless Girl statues are sit on Lower Broadway in New York. Since 1989 the bronze bull has stood in New York City's financial district as an image of the might and hard-charging spirit of Wall Street. But the installation of the bold girl defiantly standing in the bull's path has transformed the meaning of one of New York's best-known public artworks. Pressure is mounting on the city to let the Fearless Girl stay. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
March 27, 2017 - 8:44 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio says the wildly popular statue of a young girl staring down Wall Street's famous "Charging Bull" will be allowed to remain through February 2018. De Blasio says the artwork, called "Fearless Girl," has inspired many people and "fueled powerful conversations...
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Uffizi museum manager Erik Smith gestures as Leonardo da Vinci’s "Adoration of the Three Wise Men" is returned to the public after 6 years of study and restoration, in Florence, Italy, Monday, March 27, 2017. Painted in 1481, it is one of the most important works of the early Leonardo. (Maurizio Degl' Innocenti/ANSA via AP)
March 27, 2017 - 7:58 am
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — The unfinished Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece "Adoration of the Magi" has emerged from a six-year restoration cleaner and brighter. The large, nearly square oil painting returned to its home at Florence's Uffizi Gallery for a special exhibit starting Tuesday and running...
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In this March 20, 2017 photo, a child walks alongside a street murals in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A campaign to clean up and beautify Sao Paulo has come under fire after the city's new mayor painted over a series of well-known graffiti murals. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
March 24, 2017 - 1:41 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — When completed in 2015, the mayor's office hailed the graffiti panels along Avenida 23 de Maio as Latin America's largest open-air mural — 70 works of street art stretching for more than 3 miles (5 kilometers) along a boulevard connecting a well-to-do district with the city center...
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Artist Michael Rakowitz poses for the media at the National Gallery in London, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, next to his winning design entitled 'The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist' for one of the next two Fourth Plinth sculptures in Trafalgar Square which will be unveiled in 2018 and 2020. Rakowitz will recreate a replica of Lamassu, a winged bull and protective deity, that stood at the entrance to the Nergal Gate of Nineveh from 700 BC; in 2015 it was destroyed by the group known as Islamic State at the Mosul Museum, Iraq. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
March 21, 2017 - 3:09 pm
LONDON (AP) — The next two artworks to be showcased on the Fourth Plinth in London's famous Trafalgar Square have been selected. The art platform is currently home to a giant bronze thumb, but will be replaced in 2018 by a recreation of an ancient sculpture destroyed by the Islamic State group, it...
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Michael Rakowitz looks at his design, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, one of two commissions for Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth, at the National Gallery in central London, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The next two artworks to be showcased on the Fourth Plinth in London’s famous Trafalgar Square have been selected. The art platform is currently home to a giant bronze thumb but will be replaced in 2018 by a re-creation of an ancient sculpture destroyed by the Islamic State group, it was announced Tuesday (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
March 21, 2017 - 1:44 pm
LONDON (AP) — The next two artworks to be showcased on the Fourth Plinth in London's famous Trafalgar Square have been selected. The art platform is currently home to a giant bronze thumb, but will be replaced in 2018 by a recreation of an ancient sculpture destroyed by the Islamic State group, it...
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This image provided by Sotheby's shows the 1951 painting "Portrait of Señorita Matilde Palou" by Diego Rivera. It depicts Matilde Palou, a Chilean actress and singer who gained fame in Mexican cinema, and is part of Sotheby's Latin American art sale May 25 in New York. (Sotheby's via AP)
March 21, 2017 - 12:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A painting that Sotheby's hails as one of the most important pieces by Diego Rivera to go to auction in recent years will headline its Latin American art sale in May, the auction house said. "Portrait of Senorita Matilde Palou" (1951) depicts Matilde Palou, a Chilean actress and...
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Van Gogh Museum director Axel Rueger, left, and Jet Bussemaker, Minister for Education, Culture and Science, stand next to the stolen and recovered "Seascape at Scheveningen" by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh, during a press conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh titled "Seascape at Scheveningen" (1882) and "Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen," (1884-1885) returned to the Amsterdam museum after they were stolen from in a nighttime heist 15 years ago and recovered by Naples police in Italy. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
March 21, 2017 - 7:42 am
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam welcomed home two paintings by the Dutch master Tuesday, more than 14 years after they were ripped off the museum's wall in a nighttime heist. "They're back," said museum director Axel Rueger. He called their return one of the "most special days in...
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March 21, 2017 - 5:57 am
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Van Gogh Museum has welcomed home two paintings by the Dutch master more than 14 years after they were ripped off a wall at the museum in a nighttime heist. The paintings, the 1882 "Seascape at Scheveningen," and 1884-85 work "Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 file photo, a stone tablet with cuneiform writing in the foreground as UNESCO's Iraq representative Louise Haxthausen documents the damage wreaked by the Islamic State group at the ancient site of Nimrud, Iraq. France is trying to raise tens of millions of dollars from international donors who gathered Monday March 20, 2017, to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the kind of destruction carried out by Islamic State militants. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
March 20, 2017 - 11:24 am
PARIS (AP) — World donors pledged more than $75 million Monday to an historic UNESCO-backed alliance to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the wave of ideological-driven destruction carried out by Islamic State group militants. French President Francois Hollande, speaking at a...
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A model wears a creation for British fashion designer Stella McCartney's Fall-Winter 2017/2018 ready-to-wear collection presented in Paris, Monday March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
March 06, 2017 - 5:01 pm
PARIS (AP) — The rocking soundtrack blasting out the lyrics "Stella's On" had guests including Pamela Anderson and Salma Hayek tapping their feet at the gilded Opera Garnier venue in Paris. It was a knockout, energy-filled show for Stella McCartney — who headlined Monday's installment of Paris...
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