Music & Arts

Ballet great Baryshnikov granted Latvian citizenship

Renowned stage performer Mikhail Baryshnikov attends a news conference at the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre in Tel Aviv November 13, 2011. REUTERS/Nir Elias By Gederts Gelzis| RIGA Latvia has granted citizenship to ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov, who left more than 50 years ago when the Baltic country was still under the Soviet rule. The 69-year-old Baryshnikov, born in Riga to Russian parents, will have two passports as he is also a U.S. citizen. “When I received invitation from Latvian government to accept honorary citizenship, my heart quivered,” ...

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Sao Paulo mayor declares war on wall writers

By Nacho Doce| SAO PAULO It took Brazilian artist Iaco one minute to whip out a can of spray paint and write “doria” seven times across a gray wall in Sao Paulo. It took four minutes for a police officer to arrive, gun drawn, handcuff Iaco and haul him to the nearest precinct – a swift response to a high-profile provocation in Mayor João Doria’s war on graffiti. This was not just any wall. Weeks before, Doria donned orange overalls and a face mask to help spray gray paint over ...

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Instagram ban of Imogen Cunningham nude photos stuns Boston museum

FILE PHOTO – A screen displays the Instagram logo during a presentation in New York December 12, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo By Scott Malone| BOSTON Social media company Instagram pulled photos by U.S. photographer Imogen Cunningham promoting an exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, saying they violated decency standards, even as parent company Facebook Inc faces criticism for users’ live videos of murder. At issue were posts of 1920s black-and-white photos by Cunningham depicting close-ups of a naked women’s torso, which turn the body into an almost abstract shape, ...

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Madrid show highlights Picasso's Guernica as abiding symbol of war

By Isla Binnie| MADRID Eighty years after the bloody air raid on the Spanish town of Guernica that drove Pablo Picasso to paint a masterpiece, a new exhibition in Madrid highlights the enduring relevance of his depiction. Adolf Hitler sent aircraft in support of Francisco Franco’s nationalist forces to strike the Basque town on the afternoon of April 26, 1937, killing as many as 1,600 and wounding hundreds. The show at the Reina Sofia museum, the painting’s home since 1992, includes newspaper photographs of the destruction which the Spanish artist ...

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Treasures from Paris's Louvre museum go on display in Hong Kong

Tourists stand in front of the Louvre Pyramid designed by Chinese-born U.S. Architect Ieoh Ming Pei in Paris, France, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau A selection of artwork from Paris’ world-renowned Louvre museum goes on display in Hong Kong on Wednesday, offering Chinese patrons a rare opportunity to view some of the institution’s cultural treasures on their doorstep. The “Inventing le Louvre: From Palace to Museum over 800 Years” exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum features some 130 works, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics and tapestries from various periods spanning ...

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Havana walls brought to life with murals of wide-eyed children

By Sarah Marsh| HAVANA The gigantic black and white portraits of children started appearing on walls around a suburban neighborhood of Havana two years ago, the work of Cuban artist Maisel Lopez. The sober, finely painted portraits contrast with Cuba’s dilapidated buildings and pot-holed streets, colorful vintage cars and peeling pink, apricot and turquoise paint on eclectic architecture. With nearly 30 murals completed, Lopez said he is only getting started on his “Colossi” series, a striking endeavor in the Communist-run country where street art is rare. “I want to keep ...

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After three weeks, French artist succeeds in hatching eggs

French artist Abraham Poincheval, who famously spent a week inside a rock and two weeks inside a bear sculpture, has succeeded in hatching chicken eggs after incubating them for some three weeks. Poincheval embarked on his latest project in late March of imitating a mother hen by incubating some 10 eggs with his own body heat inside a glass vivarium at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum. At the time, he estimated it would take 21-26 days for the eggs to hatch and the first did so on Tuesday. ...

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HSBC refuses to open bank account for Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei poses in downtown Hong Kong, China April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Venus Wu By Venus Wu| HONG KONG Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei said on Wednesday global banking giant HSBC Holdings Plc refused to open a personal bank account for him in Hong Kong for what he assumed were political reasons, a conjecture the bank dismissed. The burly, bearded artist, who was in the financial hub for three days to visit his exhibition, said he did not try to open accounts at other banks, but that he had ...

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Once preposterous, now immediate; Margaret Atwood on 'Handmaid's Tale'

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood speaks during an interview at a hotel in Havana, Cuba, February 8, 2017. Picture taken on February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini – RTSY5HP By Jill Serjeant| NEW YORK Margaret Atwood did not have any creative control over the latest adaptation of her dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but she was very clear what she didn’t want. “That they not make a sort of soft porn film called ‘Maidens in Leather’ or something, which has always been a temptation to certain kinds of filmmakers,” the Canadian author ...

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Wall Street's 'Charging Bull' artist says girl statue violates his rights

By Gina Cherelus and Barbara Goldberg| NEW YORK The sculptor of Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” statue is seeing red over New York City’s decision to keep in place the “Fearless Girl” statue that now stares it down, saying his legal rights were violated. The city’s ruling to let the bronze depiction of a defiant girl remain until February 2018 just feet from the bull’s flaring nostrils should be reviewed, said a lawyer for sculptor Arturo Di Modica. “How did the process happen and should permits be revoked?” the attorney, Norman ...

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