Music & Arts

New York gallery for 'Nina' caricaturist Hirschfeld breached contract: judge

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that a non-profit exhibiting art by Al Hirschfeld had the right to terminate its contract with a Manhattan gallery that had sold works by the late theater and screen caricaturist for more than four decades. FILE PHOTO: Legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, 98, speaks with a reporter, prior to an exhibition of his works at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. on October 24, 2001. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen/File Photo U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer said ...

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Nazi art trove goes on display at Swiss museum, heir to Gurlitt collection

BERN (Reuters) – Some 150 art works from a massive trove amassed by a German collector during the Nazi era went on public display for the first time on Wednesday in the Swiss capital, amid lingering questions about the origins of the collection. A man takes a picture of the lithograph “Fischerkinder” from 1926 by late German artist Emil Nolde during a media preview of the exhibition “Dossier Gurlitt: Degenerated Art confiscated and sold” at the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann German art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt ...

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'East German' art show another step in still-rocky unification

POTSDAM, Germany (Reuters) – A display of artworks created during 40 years of East German history could help Germans from east and west bridge the divide that still separates them 27 years after unification. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Saturday opened an exhibition at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam near Berlin that seeks to illuminate how artists saw and represented themselves in a state that kept tight controls on all creative pursuits. “Behind the Mask: Artists in the GDR” includes 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs and other artworks created by more ...

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Rare, hidden portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots revealed

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – A rare, unfinished portrait believed to be of Mary, Queen of Scots has been found underneath another 16th-century painting after an X-ray revealed a ghostly likeness of the executed queen. An unfinished portrait of a woman, thought to be Mary Queen of Scots, and a portrait of John Maitland, are displayed at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery during a media view, in Edinburgh, Scotland October 27, 2017. Conservator Caroline Rae discovered the unfinished portrait hidden beneath the painting of Maitland, using X-rays during a research project conducted ...

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Purple reigns at London exhibition charting Prince's career

LONDON (Reuters) – Paisley, pop hits and of course purple are coming to London’s O2 arena in a new exhibition of personal memorabilia of the late singer Prince. Curator Sarah Bitler adjusts a costume on display at the “My Name Is Prince” exhibition, World Premiere at the O2, London, Britain October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls “My Name is Prince,” features over 200 items including customized guitars, award statuettes, notepads of handwritten lyrics and elaborate costumes that featured in his music videos and feature films. The singer died of an accidental ...

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Note with Einstein's theory on life auctioned for $1.3 million

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Strapped for cash in a Tokyo hotel, Albert Einstein wrote his take on life on a note and handed it to the bellboy instead of a tip. The physicist’s formula for happy living fetched $ 1.3 million on Tuesday, a Jerusalem auction house said. A note written on a Tokyo hotel official paper in 1922 by Albert Einstein is seen before it is sold at an auction in Jerusalem, October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad In 1922, Einstein was en route to Japan when the announcement came he ...

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Art of the deal: Trump's Empire State Building doodle fetches $16,000

NEW YORK (Reuters) – George W. Bush famously turned to portrait painting as a hobby when he left office. Could President Donald Trump one day follow in his footsteps, encouraged by the recent sale of his drawing of New York City’s Empire State Building for $ 16,000? President Donald Trump’s black marker drawing on paper of the Empire State building made in the 1990’s sold for$ 16 000 at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles, California, U.S on October 19, 2017 is seen in this photo released October 23, 2017. Julien’s ...

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In Beirut, play about Syria's war gets as close to home as it can

(This version of the October 22 story corrects ages of director and writer) Actors perform during a rehearsal of the play called “While I Was Waiting”, at Dawar al-Shams theatre in Beirut, Lebanon October 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi By Ayat Basma BEIRUT (Reuters) – A play about Syria’s war, told through one family’s tragedy, made its Lebanon debut on Friday, the closest it will ever get to being staged on home soil, its Syrian director said. “It would be impossible to perform it in Syria. There are red lines, and ...

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Sierra Leone to auction multi-million dollar diamond to benefit poor

Ramat Gan, ISRAEL (Reuters) – Sierra Leone hopes to raise millions of dollars for development projects by auctioning a huge uncut diamond, believed to be one of the world’s largest, in New York in December. A 709-carat diamond, found in Sierra Leone and known as the “Peace Diamond”, is displayed during a tour ahead of its auction, at Israel’s Diamond Exchange, in Ramat Gan, Israel October 19, 2017. Picture taken October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Nir Elias It will be the government’s second attempt to sell the 709-carat gem, known as the ...

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Graffiti set design adds punch to Cuba theater festival

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!, ¡tu melón!” beside a paint of Cuban street artist Yulier Rodriguez in a theatre in Havana, Cuba, October 20, 2017. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini The first-time collaboration between veteran theater director Nelda Castillo, 64, and street artist Yulier Rodriguez, 27, underscores unease among some Cubans ...

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