Music & Arts

Poems in Dottyville: How two traumatized soldiers changed notions of war

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – An imposing 19th Century building with elegant manicured lawns and sweeping views of the Edinburgh skyline seems an unlikely place to have earned the nickname “Dottyville” from one of Britain’s most revered poets. Actors Jake Morgan and Sam Ducane pose for photographs at the launch of the 1918 Poppy Pledge in a re-creation of a First World War trench at Pollock House in Glasgow, Scotland November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne But Craiglockhart War Hospital, now part of a Heriot Watt University campus on the outskirts of the ...

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'That's art?' Baby turns heads in Manhattan auction house window

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A sculpture of a baby sleeping in an unusual New York City exhibit has Park Avenue window-shoppers alerting auction house staff that a child has been “forgotten in the display.” Sculpted after artist Duane Hanson’s son, the lifelike artwork, titled “Baby in a Carriage, 1983,” is valued at about $ 80,000 to $ 120,000, according to director of American art at Heritage Auctions in Manhattan. “It’s the greatest. If you could watch our footage of this baby in the window, it would crack you up because ...

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Dance star Akram Khan prepares for swansong tour

LONDON (Reuters) – One of Britain’s most celebrated dancer-choreographers, Akram Khan, is tackling the rise of xenophobia in his latest work, which he says will be his last as a leading performer. British choreographer Akram Khan (R) and French actress Juliette Binoche perform during their contemporary piece “IN-I” in Abu Dhabi January 28, 2009 as part of their global tour. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh The production, “Xenos”, is Khan’s tribute to the Indian soldiers of the British Empire who fought in World War One. It focuses on the story of a ...

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'Glengarry Glen Ross' revival examines the dark side of cutting deals

LONDON (Reuters) – In an age where a real-estate salesman has assumed the highest political office in the United States, a new revival of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Glengarry Glen Ross” in London is highlighting the dark side of the art of the deal. The play, which first premiered in London’s National theater in 1983, charts two days in the life of a group of desperate Chicago real estate salesmen and chronicles the moral compromises they are willing to make in order to make a sale. For director Sam Yates, ...

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East meets West as Louvre Abu Dhabi opens in the Gulf

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Abu Dhabi opens its Louvre museum on Saturday, positioning itself as a city of cultural tourism with a display of hundreds of works that it hopes will draw visitors from around the world. People are seen at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Satish Kumar Surrounded by water from three sides, the museum houses 600 artworks it has acquired, alongside 300 works on loan from 13 leading French institutions, in its 23 permanent galleries. The artists range from Paul ...

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Australia can breathe easy after 17th century map restored

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A 17th century map of Australia, predating British settlement, has gone on display for the first time after suffering extensive damage while purportedly housed for hundreds of years in a Swedish warehouse. A supplied image taken on July 4, 2017 shows the restored version of a rare 17th-century map, coined the “birth certificate of New Holland” and created by Joan Blaeu, chief cartographer for the Dutch East India Company in 1663, that documents Australia prior to the arrival of the British. Australian National Library/Handout via REUTERS The ...

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Paintings by Indian elephant auctioned off in Hungary

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Paintings created by an Indian elephant who enjoys wielding a brush were auctioned off by a Hungarian traveling circus on Saturday. Sandra, a 42-year-old elephant, paints with her trunk in a Hungarian travelling circus of Florian Richter Circus in Budapest, Hungary November 2, 2017. Picture taken November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh Three of 42-year-old elephant Sandra’s abstract canvasses, with colored lines flowing across them resembling rivers, fetched about 40,000 forints ($ 150) each. A painting depicting Sandra herself, done by a Hungarian painter, sold for 260,000 forints. ...

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Singer Neil Young to auction model train collection

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rock singer Neil Young is selling some of his most prized possessions – part of his model train collection. A model train which is part of a collection of recording artist Neil Young’s most prized possessions being put up for auction by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles, California, U.S., December 9, 2017, is shown in this photo provided November 2, 2107. Julien’s Auctions Gallery/Handout via REUTERS The Canadian folk-rock star is putting more than 230 of his vast collection of Lionel trains up for auction in ...

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Nazi-era art hoard makes German exhibition debut in Bonn

BERLIN (Reuters) – Some 250 art works from a huge trove hoarded by a collector during the Nazi era went on display in Germany for the first time on Thursday, as its curators pursue efforts to find the rightful owners of pieces identified as looted. The marble sculpture “Crouching Woman” (1882) of French artist Auguste Rodin is seen during a media preview of the “Gurlitt: Status Report – Nazi Art Theft and its Consequences” exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany, November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay German art dealer Hildebrand ...

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At West Bank tea party, artist Banksy offers royal 'apology' for Balfour Declaration

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) – British street artist Banksy has offered a royal “apology” engraved on Israel’s barrier in the occupied West Bank for Britain’s endorsement a century ago of the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The work was unveiled on the eve of Thursday’s centenary of the Balfour Declaration at a mock tea party for Palestinian children at the artist’s Walled Off hotel that opened last march in the town of Bethlehem. Israel views the document, issued in 1917 by British foreign minister Arthur Balfour, as having ...

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