O'Keeffe painting sells for record $44.4 million

Nov 21, 2014

O'Keeffe painting sells for record $44.4 million

A Georgia O’Keeffe painting of a simple white flower has sold for $44.4 million, more than triple the previous auction record for a work by a female artist. Sotheby’s New York says the 1932 painting, “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1,” sold Thursday during the ...

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully sets sights on China

Nov 21, 2014

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully sets sights on China

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully counts Irish rocker Bono among his pals and collectors. He wouldn’t be unhappy if some of China’s 1.4 billion people also took a shine to his art being displayed at a retrospective in Shanghai later this month. Scully, 69, ...

Small shops in Tokyo's Yanesen area keep crafts alive

Nov 6, 2014

Small shops in Tokyo's Yanesen area keep crafts alive

by Linda Lombardi

Tokyo is home to many modern creations: high tech, animation, youth fashion. But in the small crafts shops crowding the area known as Yanesen, you can watch artisans preserving traditional crafts, or updating them. Yanesen, a combination of three neighborhood names — Yanaka, Nezu ...

Manet painting sells for $65 million at NY auction

Nov 6, 2014

Manet painting sells for $65 million at NY auction

An 1881 masterpiece by Edouard Manet sold for $65 million at auction in New York on Wednesday, a record for a work by the French impressionist artist. “Spring,” which the auction house Christie’s had valued at $25 million to $30 million, depicts a famous ...

Vatican unveils new air, light systems to protect Sistine Chapel frescoes

Oct 30, 2014

Vatican unveils new air, light systems to protect Sistine Chapel frescoes

The Vatican on Wednesday unveiled new high-tech, energy-saving lighting and air purification systems to protect Michelangelo’s delicate Sistine Chapel frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing crowds of tourists. Dust brought in from outside, body sweat and carbon dioxide pose a major risk to the ...

Treasures of the Shoso-in hoard on display

Oct 25, 2014

Treasures of the Shoso-in hoard on display

by Eric Johnston

The 66th annual exhibition of important cultural artifacts from the Shoso-in treasure house opened to the public on Friday with 59 items on display, including over a half dozen appearing for the first time. Included in the displays of artifacts from the Nara Period ...

Head of sphinx discovered at mysterious Greek tomb

Oct 22, 2014

Head of sphinx discovered at mysterious Greek tomb

The head of a nearly intact marble sphinx has been discovered in the largest tomb ever unearthed in Amphipolis, Greece, the culture ministry announced on Tuesday. Discovered in the fourth chamber of a burial mound at the site in the northern region of Macedonia, ...

Gehry's Vuitton art museum to set sail in Paris

Oct 19, 2014

Gehry's Vuitton art museum to set sail in Paris

Billowing sails of glass will join the Eiffel Tower and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart as permanent fixtures of the Paris skyline this month when the new Louis Vuitton contemporary art museum, designed by Frank Gehry, opens to the public. Thirteen years in ...