Harlem burgeons as an art gallery district

Jul 31, 2016

Harlem burgeons as an art gallery district

The opening of the Clara Francis Gallery on Wednesday in a renovated Harlem storefront was an exciting moment for Haile King Rubie. It was the first solo show for the 26-year-old painter, whose expressive works are all the more remarkable because he was born ...

Berlin monuments show history set in stone

Apr 29, 2016

Berlin monuments show history set in stone

Some were buried, others were riddled with bullet holes, and yet others dumped in old depots as the glorious periods they commemorated came to an end. But Berlin authorities have now rescued 100 statues and monuments from neglect and disrepair, assembling them in an ...

Enthusiastic artist gets granular with Taiwan's president-elect

Apr 21, 2016

Enthusiastic artist gets granular with Taiwan's president-elect

A Taiwan artist has refused to see the big picture and instead captured the likeness of president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, to celebrate her inauguration next month, on a single grain of rice. Chen Forng-Shean, who has also sculpted the face of China’s late Chairman Mao ...

Copacabana beach residents take issue with risque sand sculptures

Dec 4, 2015

Copacabana beach residents take issue with risque sand sculptures

Sand sculptures of curvaceous, full-bottomed women on Copacabana beach may be one of Rio de Janeiro’s wackier tourist attractions, but now they’re under fire from a resident’s association claiming the risque creations promote prostitution. Jassim Al-Alawadhi was one of several tourists stopping to take ...

New York's Met showing 150 newly donated Japanese art treasures

Oct 20, 2015

New York's Met showing 150 newly donated Japanese art treasures

An exhibition of 150 important Japanese artworks is being held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It includes a statue of the Buddhist deity known as Fudo Myoo by sculptor Kaikei, who lived in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. The ...

Anish Kapoor's Versailles sculpture is vandalized

Jun 19, 2015

Anish Kapoor's Versailles sculpture is vandalized

Vandals have sprayed yellow paint on a controversial sculpture on display in the gardens of France’s famed Palace of Versailles that has become known as the “queen’s vagina.” “Damage to the work ‘Dirty Corner’ was discovered Wednesday morning. It was lightly sprayed with paint. ...

Sculptor's huge 'queen's vagina' triggers uproar at Versailles

Jun 8, 2015

Sculptor's huge 'queen's vagina' triggers uproar at Versailles

British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor has sparked an uproar in France by installing a huge work he has called a “queen’s vagina” in the stately grounds of the Palace of Versailles. The 60-meter (200-foot) long, 10-meter (33-foot) high steel-and-rock abstract sculpture, resembling a funnel in ...

Designer creates 'furniture farm' in rural England

May 24, 2015

Designer creates 'furniture farm' in rural England

Deep in the English countryside, rows of trees are being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape with years of careful nurturing. Around 150 armchairs, 100 lamp shades and other items such as mirror frames are being grown out of the ground in a ...

Mystery sculpture along Nagano river generating a buzz

Feb 12, 2015

Mystery sculpture along Nagano river generating a buzz

A mystery stone sculpture that someone created along the Chikuma River in Nagano Prefecture has left some residents puzzled and others seeing it as a good opportunity to generate interest in their mountain community. The sculpture, which is now about 2 meters tall, first ...

'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

Oct 2, 2014

'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

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Dutch artist Theo Jansen first started creating his signature “Strandbeest” (“Beach Animal”) works in 1990. These huge objects, a combination of art and science, are made mostly out of plastic tubes and can walk by themselves using the power of the wind. Fifteen of ...