French artist spending a week entombed in rock

Feb 26, 2017

French artist spending a week entombed in rock

An artist entombed inside a 12-ton rock for nearly three days has described the experience as like “tripping,” insisting he would stick it out for a week. Speaking through a crack in the limestone boulder late Friday, Abraham Poincheval said he had been buoyed ...

Dutch creator of Miffy the rabbit dies at 89

Feb 18, 2017

Dutch creator of Miffy the rabbit dies at 89

Dutch artist and illustrator Dick Bruna, creator of the beloved children’s character Miffy the white rabbit, has died at age 89. The author, who penned 124 picture books during a career that spanned six decades, died in his sleep late Thursday in his hometown ...

Blacklist casts pall over South Korea's artists

Feb 8, 2017

Blacklist casts pall over South Korea's artists

During the release of a documentary on the deep sea divers who retrieved around 300 bodies, mostly schoolchildren, from a South Korean ferry disaster, tickets sold out — but the film played to half-empty cinemas. There was no indication at the time, but “Diving ...

Unusual Magritte painting could hit $17.5 million at auction

Feb 7, 2017

Unusual Magritte painting could hit $17.5 million at auction

One of the largest paintings by Surrealist master Rene Magritte could set a record for the artist when it is goes up for sale with an estimated price of 14 million pounds ($17.5 million). Christie’s auction house said Monday that it will offer “La ...

Why some artists no longer want to be famous

Jan 5, 2017

Why some artists no longer want to be famous

“I love being famous,” the black U.S. comedian Chris Rock once quipped. “It’s almost like being white.” But a growing number of artists would rather have success without the encumbrance of fame. From the street artist Banksy to the Italian literary phenomenon Elena Ferrante, ...