• Graffiti set design adds punch to Cuba theater festival

    Reuters News: HAVANA (Reuters) – A play parodying the lengths some Cubans will go to in order to earn a few tourist dollars set against the backdrop of socially critical graffiti is adding punch to Havana’s annual theater festival. Public wait for the beginning of the spectacle “¡Guan melón!,...
  • Too racy for Louvre, sex sculpture finds home at Pompidou Centre

    Reuters News: PARIS (Reuters) – In the end it was just too kinky for the Louvre. Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout poses in front of his “Domestikator” near the Centre Pompidou modern art museum, also known as Beaubourg, in Paris, France, October 17, 2017, after the Louvre Museum cancelled...
  • Copyright restored to poor family of Australian Aboriginal artist

    Reuters News: SYDNEY (Reuters) – The impoverished family of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira, has been given copyright to his works after years of fruitless campaigning triggered the intervention of a philanthropist. An undated photo released on October 14, 2017 shows family members watching Australia’s most famous...
  • Da Vinci portrait of Christ expected to fetch $100 million at auction

    Reuters News: NEW YORK (Reuters) – The last privately owned Leonardo da Vinci painting and one of fewer than 20 by the Renaissance artist known to still exist is hitting the auction block, Christie’s announced on Tuesday. “Salvator Mundi,” an ethereal portrait of Jesus Christ which dates to about...
  • Paris exhibition charts Picasso's 'year of wonders'

    Reuters News: PARIS (Reuters) – Some of Pablo Picasso’s greatest works go on display in Paris this week, in an exhibition that charts a pivotal year in which he cemented his status as a titan of 20th-century art. “Picasso 1932: Erotic Year”, chronicles the Spanish artist’s prolific creativity over...
  • Drained of cash and riven by rivalries, UNESCO seeks leader to revive fortunes

    Reuters News: PARIS (Reuters) – When Israel’s envoy told UNESCO delegates last July that fixing the plumbing in his toilet was more important than their latest ruling, it highlighted how fractious geopolitics are paralyzing the workings of the agency. Whoever wins the race to replace Irina Bokova as head...
  • Highlighting Vietnam War's relevance, exhibit opens in New York

    Reuters News: NEW YORK (Reuters) – When the idea for a Vietnam War exhibit came up at the New-York Historical Society a few years ago, Trustee James Grant recalls that even after more than four decades, passions about it were strong. “I got into a lively discussion with another...
  • Let's paint about sex: racy feminist artists enjoy mainstream success

    Reuters News: LONDON (Reuters) – A three-foot phallus in a child’s dress seems like an unlikely symbol of female empowerment, but for artist Renate Bertlmann its presence at a major art show is a sign she has gained an acceptance denied her for decades. Bertlmann, 74, is one an...
  • Is 16th-century charcoal sketch a naked Mona Lisa?

    Reuters News: PARIS (Reuters) – A French art expert believes a charcoal drawing kept in a collection for more than 150 years may be a preparatory sketch made by Leonardo da Vinci of the Mona Lisa. The black-and-white drawing of a woman, nude from the waist up, known as...