Defending a dying art, opera troupe tours rural China

May 2, 2017

Defending a dying art, opera troupe tours rural China

For the 50-year-old Chinese opera performer, every aspect of the dimly lit backstage room was a reminder that things had changed. The elaborate costumes carelessly thrown aside, the young troupe members playing with their smartphones, the half-eaten noodles abandoned in the corner — all ...

Weird clouds may have inspired 'The Scream': scientists

Apr 25, 2017

Weird clouds may have inspired 'The Scream': scientists

The psychedelic clouds in Edvard Munch’s iconic “The Scream” have alternatively been interpreted as a metaphor for mental anguish or a literal depiction of volcanic fallout. On Monday, scientists hypothesized that the Norwegian painter’s inspiration may in fact have been rare clouds that form ...

Brazilian street artist paints 'biggest' ever mural

/ Apr 14, 2017

Brazilian street artist paints 'biggest' ever mural

Many painters struggle to get their work viewed but Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra won’t have a problem — his most recent work is billed as the biggest in the world. The prolific Kobra takes as his canvas the external walls of the Cacau ...

French artist rocked by his week inside boulder

Mar 2, 2017

French artist rocked by his week inside boulder

A French artist emerged “a little stunned” on Wednesday from a week entombed inside a 12-ton rock and thanked it for having made him feel “so welcome.” Abraham Poincheval, 44, had difficulty walking as he was helped from the stone onto a chair before ...