Italy honors artists with inspirational memorials

Jun 28, 2014

Italy honors artists with inspirational memorials

by Christopher Sullivan

For the painters, musicians, sculptors and writers who have inspired this art-loving country for centuries, their works are the truest memorials, whether concertos of Antonio Vivaldi still regularly performed in the Venice church where he served as violin master or Michelangelo’s masterpieces that pack ...

Disabled artists carving out niche in Japan

Jun 25, 2014

Disabled artists carving out niche in Japan

by Makoto Sekiya

A growing number of people with disabilities are winning recognition artistically and commercially as their works of art and design find their way into more galleries and shops. Last November, the Hikarie shopping mall in Shibuya held an exhibition and sale of artworks produced ...

Picasso painting reveals hidden man

Jun 17, 2014

Picasso painting reveals hidden man

Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces, “The Blue Room,” using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand. Now the question that conservators at The Phillips ...

Israel desert ablaze with own version of Burning Man

Jun 10, 2014

Israel desert ablaze with own version of Burning Man

For the Bedouin Arab shepherds tending their flocks in Israel’s Negev desert last week, it was almost as if aliens had landed from outer space. Some 3,000 people set up a colorful encampment in the dusty moonscape, swinging from hoops by day and burning ...

Fans go nuts for Shiga banana carver

| Jun 6, 2014

Fans go nuts for Shiga banana carver

An electrician by day and banana artist by night, Keisuke Yamada has attained renown at home and abroad for his banana sculptures. Working with a spoon and toothpick, the 27-year-old resident of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, carves comical faces or popular manga characters on bananas. ...

Photo series charts the family unit in changing Japan

May 30, 2014

Photo series charts the family unit in changing Japan

by Mark Schilling

Family photos in Japan, especially ones taken for formal occasions such as shichi-go-san (seven-five-three) ceremonies, are often as stiffly posed as 19th-century tintypes, with Mom, Dad and Junior never cracking a smile. When American photographer Bruce Osborn began taking photos of parents and children ...

Painting certified as Dali's first surrealist work

May 25, 2014

Painting certified as Dali's first surrealist work

An oil painting sold at a Spanish antique shop over two decades ago for around €150 ($200) has been certified as Salvador Dali’s first surrealist work, which he painted as a teenager. Tomeu L’Amo, a painter and art historian, found the canvas at a ...