Music & Arts

Artists explore emotional response to 9/11 attacks in new exhibit

By Melissa Fares Artist Christopher Saucedo, dressed in black, stood with his hands in his pockets next to his mixed media artwork at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in Manhattan. His brother Gregory, a firefighter, died in the line of duty in the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Saucedo’s work is part of an upcoming exhibit, “Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11,” in which 13 New York City-based artists explore their reactions to the airplane attacks, ...

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Interactive exhibition features work of Icelandic singer Bjork

London’s Somerset House is hosting the European premiere of “Bjork Digital,” an immersive exhibition of digital and video works produced by the famous Icelandic singer and a team of visual artists and programmers. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to engage with the works through the latest virtual reality (VR) technology. The organizers say Bjork, 50, believes VR provides a private theatrical experience, allowing audiences to connect with her in a unique way. “She approaches things as an artist. So she’s always been driven by an innate curiosity I think, ...

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Flying pigs and prisms: Pink Floyd expo to open at London's V&A

By Jeremy Gaunt | LONDON A pink inflatable pig the size of a bus floated above London’s venerable Victoria and Albert museum on Wednesday but unlike an infamous outing above Battersea Power Station in 1976 it did not break free and ground planes at Heathrow. Instead, it perhaps slowed traffic a bit, but most certainly caused passers-by to exclaim: “The pig!”. One of the many globally recognizable emblems of Pink Floyd, along with prisms and marching hammers, the pig was flying to mark the launch of “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: ...

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Taiwan artist draws pleasure from miniature pencil carvings

Taiwan artist Lee Chien-chu stands in front of Xilou Bridge proudly holding up a miniature carving of the landmark, the latest offering in his pencil sculpture series. Lee has been peering through a magnifying glass to create miniature sculptures of various landmarks and symbols out of pencil lead for six years at his home in Yunlin County in western Taiwan. His tiny sculptures can be as little as 0.1 mm long and take hours to finish. “I have created a series about Buddha hands, a series about architecture, one about ...

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Iranian refugee detained in Papua New Guinea wins cartooning award

By Harry Pearl | SYDNEY An Iranian refugee held at an Australian-funded detention center in Papua New Guinea has won a political cartooning award for his work depicting life inside the camp. Ali, a 25-year-old whose pen name is Eaten Fish, has chronicled his three-year detention on Manus Island as he struggles with obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and debilitating panic attacks. Under Australia’s hardline immigration policy, anyone intercepted trying to reach the country by boat is sent for processing to camps on Manus or Nauru in the South ...

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Disabled Afghan girl painter dreams of international fame

Like many other young artists her age, 16-year-old Robaba Mohammadi dreams of holding international art exhibitions. The only difference — she draws not with her fingers but with her mouth. She was born with partial paralysis of her limbs and is unable to control her hands and feet, except for a few toes. Mohammadi came from a poor family in Ghazni province who moved to Kabul when she was three after they realized her disability. They hoped to get medical help for her condition, to no avail. “Before I starting ...

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Muhammad Ali auction items seen fetching heavyweight prices

Muhammad Ali’s 1974 WBC heavyweight championship boxing belt and a handwritten letter about his conversion to Islam are among items that will hit the auction block in September, in the biggest such sale since Ali’s death in June. Heritage Auctions said on Friday that the auction will include the trunks Ali wore for his “Rumble in the Jungle” victory over George Foreman in Zaire in 1974. The gloves worn by Sonny Liston when he lost his title to Ali in 1964 are also among 79 lots in the Sept. 10 ...

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Fair and foul: Shakespeare in many guises at Edinburgh Festival

By Elisabeth O’Leary and Zoe Daniel | EDINBURGH Rapping, drunkenness and “Star Wars” are some of the twists given to William Shakespeare’s plays at the Edinburgh festival this year, marking the 400th anniversary of his death. It may not always be clear whether the treatment of the English playwright’s work is homage, mockery or a mixture of both, but packed theaters at the world’s largest annual cultural event are testament to his continued popularity and versatility. Dozens of reimaginings of Shakespeare’s work at the festival include “Measure for Measure” in ...

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