Visual arts

Sandro Botticelli's 15th-century painting called "Young Man Holding a Roundel" is displayed at Sotheby's on Sept. 23, 2020, in New York. The painting will go on auction next year and art watchers will be seeing if it fetches more than its eye-watering $80 million estimate, despite the pandemic. Botticelli’s 15th-century portrait of a nobleman in “Young Man Holding a Roundel” is the highlight of Sotheby’s Masters Week sale series in New York in January. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
September 24, 2020 - 6:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — An enigmatic painting from Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli will go on auction next year and art watchers will be seeing if it fetches more than its eye-watering $80 million estimate, despite the pandemic. Botticelli’s 15th-century portrait of a nobleman in “Young Man Holding a...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo, guests at the Disneyland Resort visit the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom has relaxed coronavirus restrictions in five more counties. The announcement on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, means the state has now eased restrictions for more than 8 million people living in three of the state's most populous counties — San Diego, Orange, and Santa Clara. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP, File)
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September 09, 2020 - 8:14 pm
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Country health officials have walked back some Halloween rules just a day after issuing orders that would have restricted trick-or-treating and other Halloween traditions because of the coronavirus pandemic. The county Department of Health initially said Tuesday that trick...
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A visitor, wearing a protective face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, looks on during the private view of Art Paris at the Grand Palais in Paris, Wednesday Sept. 9, 2020. Fears and restrictions over the coronavirus have caused the cancellation of all of 2020's premiere global art fairs, such as Art Basel, Frieze London, and Art Basel in Miami Beach, stymieing the main commercial artery of the multi-million-dollar industry.But organizers of Art Paris, France's second biggest contemporary art fair, have thrown caution to the wind, and are opening their doors to thousands of visitors from Thursday in the Grand Palais for a four-day show. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
September 09, 2020 - 10:53 am
PARIS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of this year's premiere global art fairs since March, stymieing the main commercial artery of the multibillion-dollar industry. But Art Paris, which is France's second-biggest contemporary art fair, is opening its doors to thousands...
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Fourth generation tour boat operator Michiel Michielsens drives his electric boat down a canal in Bruges, Belgium, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Europe’s leanest summer tourist season in history is starting to draw to a close, six months after the coronavirus hit the continent. COVID-19 might tighten its grip over the coming months, with losses piling up in the tens of billions of euros across the 27-nation European Union. In the Belgian city of Bruges, white swans instead of tourist boats rule the canals, hotels stand empty and museums count their losses. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
September 06, 2020 - 4:54 am
BRUGES, Belgium (AP) — Bruges mayor Dirk De fauw first realized something was desperately wrong with European tourism when on a brisk March morning he crossed the Burg square in front of the Gothic city hall and there was nothing but silence. “There are always people. Always," De fauw said. That...
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FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, the 1856 sculpture "Nydia the Blind Girl of Pompeii," by Randolph Rogers, right, is seen in a gallery in the new The Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston. Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most prestigious such institutions in the world, has appointed its first director of belonging and inclusion, the latest in a series of efforts to make amends for allegations of racism. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
September 03, 2020 - 4:15 pm
Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, one of the most prestigious art institutions in the world, has appointed its first director of belonging and inclusion — the latest in a series of efforts to make amends for allegations of racism. The museum on Thursday named Rosa Rodriguez-Williams to the senior post...
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This Aug. 19, 2020, image shows Aaron Cuffee of Red Planet Books & Comics in Albuquerque, N.M., as he discusses the potential that could come from Marvel Comics' effort to assemble a gallery of Native artists and scribes for "Marvel Voices: Indigenous Voices #1." The anthology will revisit some of Marvel's Native characters. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
August 29, 2020 - 11:12 am
Past portrayals of Native American or Indigenous comic book superheroes would often follow the same checklist — mystical powers, an ability to talk to animals and a costume of either a headdress or a loincloth. “Poor research was done. They were just going off of TV and film,” said artist Jeffrey...
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A woman scans her smartphone outside the Fringe Shop on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland Friday Aug. 21, 2020. One of the biggest casualties of the coronavirus has been the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a sprawling theatre and comedy arts and street festival that last year sold more than 3 million tickets, but this year's events are canceled, leaving artists adrift and many businesses struggling to make a living without the usual throng of tourists. (AP Photo/David Cheskin)
August 27, 2020 - 3:19 am
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Francesca Moody is spending August the way she always does: in darkened rooms in Edinburgh, watching some of the best new theater and comedy the world has to offer. All that’s missing are the hundreds of thousands of other people who usually do the same in Scotland's...
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First lady Melania Trump listens as President Donald Trump speaks before signing a proclamation recognizing the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
August 24, 2020 - 9:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is marking the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote with an art exhibit based on works by children from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The first lady called adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that granted women voting...
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August 22, 2020 - 12:52 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A life-sized statue of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has been vandalized outside the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. Museum officials told The Seattle Times that the statue was covered with white paint or a similar substance on Thursday. The damage is being assessed and the...
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John Guess, Jr., CEO Emeritus of The Houston Museum of African American Culture, talks about the bronze statue "The Spirit of The Confederacy" on display at the museum, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Houston. The statue was removed from a downtown Houston park in June following a recommendation more than two years earlier by a task force established by Mayor Sylvester Turner. The statue, which had been in storage since its removal, arrived at the Houston Museum of African American Culture on Monday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
August 18, 2020 - 6:25 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston museum dedicated to conserving African American culture said Tuesday that its decision to display a more than 100-year-old Confederate statue is about providing Black Americans with a way to confront slavery’s painful legacy and include their lived experiences in the...
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