Art and Culture

LA art dealer sentenced in theft from high profile clients

LOS ANGELES—A former California art dealer has been sentenced to jail for stealing more than $1 million from owners of paintings, including former Disney executive Michael Ovitz. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office says 63-year-old Perry Rubenstein was ordered Monday to serve six months in jail, three years of probation and pay $1.1 million …

Maud Lewis painting found in thrift store sells for $45,000 in auction

A painting recently discovered at an Ontario thrift store by renowned folk artist Maud Lewis sold in auction for almost three times its estimated price. The online auction ended Friday night and the painting, which was appraised at $16,000, went for $45,000. Rick Cober Bauman, the executive director of Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, said it’s …

Inflatable sculpture of ballerina by Jeff Koons unveiled

NEW YORK—A massive inflatable ballerina created by artist Jeff Koons is the latest public art installation at New York’s Rockefeller Center. The 45-foot (14-meter) work is called “Seated Ballerina.” It was unveiled Friday and will be on display through June 2. The nylon sculpture is based on a porcelain figurine of a ballerina in a …

DOH targets higher immunization rate among babies

MANILA–The Department of Health (DOH) plans to increase the rate of immunization among babies in their first year of life up to 95 percent not only for this year but also in the coming years. According to DOH spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag, this target is highlighted with intensified campaign on awareness about the presence of …

Debate over cultural appropriation a centuries old battle for indigenous groups

TORONTO—The work of Toronto painter Amanda PL is infused with bright colours and bold outlines often associated with an indigenous art style. But for many of those familiar with the Woodland School of Art, as the genre is also known, it smacks of cultural appropriation by a young artist with no claim to the tradition. …

Boston museum settles dispute over figures sold in Nazi era

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has settled a legal dispute with the estate of a Jewish woman whose collection of 18th century porcelain figurines was sold in Germany in the late 1930s amid Nazi persecution of Jews. Under terms of the agreement, the museum will pay the estate of Emma Budge an undisclosed sum to …

Arts collective buys manufacturing plant to create exhibits

SANTA FE –A plant formerly owned by a mining and construction equipment company in Santa Fe will become space for arts production company Meow Wolf to help create its exhibits as it seeks to expand nationwide. The arts collective bought the former Caterpillar facility where workers assembled engine components until it closed last year. The …

Juan Luna painting, dozens of artworks from Spain go on display in Intramuros

MANILA—Around 53 artworks replicas from the main national art museum in Spain, Museo Del Prado, will be coming to the streets of Intramuros this June to turn them into “public art spaces.” The Department of Tourism (DOT) said the exhibit, dubbed as “El Museo del Prado en Filipinas,” will include a photo replica of Juan …

Ohio group creating artists village with shipping containers

AKRON, Ohio—A project in Ohio to turn shipping containers into homes for travelling artists is moving ahead. The plan is for the first artists to move in near downtown Akron this summer. A group called Akron Soul Train is behind the idea. They’re using a private grant and donations to get the project going. They …

Worshippers throng to Jerusalem for Palm Sunday

JERUSALEM –Christians in the Holy Land are celebrating Palm Sunday, the start of the Holy Week that leads up to Easter. Crowds of faithful gathered at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Many waved palm fronds to symbolize how worshippers greeted Jesus over 2,000 years ago as he triumphantly entered Jerusalem. Clergy and worshippers …

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