Artist Frida Kahlo's popularity soars, but family struggles to manage legacy

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A coil of dark braids. Colorful Mexican dress. And a signature unibrow. A Google employee maps the exterior of the childhood home of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, now Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as “Casa Azul”, in Mexico City, Mexico May 21, 2018. Picture taken May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Gustavo GrafSixty-three years after her death, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has achieved a level of fame she never reached in her lifetime, her image emblazoned on mugs, T-shirts, keychains and even underwear. But scholars and the painter’s descendants…

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Paris exhibit takes a look at 'forgotten' Impressionist Cassatt

PARIS (Reuters) – A Paris museum is shining a light on the work of Mary Cassatt, an American woman whose paintings made a profound and often-overlooked contribution to the male-dominated Impressionist movement in France. “An American Impressionist in Paris” at the Jacquemart-Andre museum is showcasing 50 works by the artist, who was born in Pennsylvania but lived in France for more than 60 years. She was a friend and contemporary of Edgar Degas, and her works were exhibited with those of other Impressionist masters, but are less known today than…

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Gales damage peace pyramid in Kazakh capital

ASTANA (Reuters) – Gale-force winds have punched holes in one of Astana’s best known buildings, a granite-and-glass pyramid, the Kazakh authorities said, warning that stormy weather could continue. A general view shows the Palace of Peace and Harmony, the 62 metres (203.41 feet) high pyramid designed by British architect Lord Norman Foster, damaged by gale-force winds in Astana, Kazakhstan May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Mukhtar KholdorbekovThe Palace of Peace and Accord, a 62-metre high pyramid designed by British architect Lord Norman Foster, is in the heart of the city and is used…

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Legacy of 'Love' artist Robert Indiana is subject of new lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The legacy and works of American pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his iconic “Love” image, are the focus of a lawsuit filed on Friday in Manhattan federal court. A young couple has their photo taken in front of Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture in Philadelphia, February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller Morgan Art Foundation, which said it has been Indiana’s agent for more than two decades, accused American Image Art and others of exploiting the now “bedridden and infirm” artist, by forging some of his…

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'Made in China' label sheds light on old Java Sea shipwreck

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fresh examination of Chinese ceramics and other cargo from an important Java Sea shipwreck has led researchers to conclude that the vessel sank a century earlier than previously thought, providing insight into Asia’s maritime trade more than 800 years ago. Chinese ceramic bowls from the Field Museum’s Java Sea Shipwreck, which was discovered in the 1980s west of Indonesia’s island of Sumatra, is shown in an image released by the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., May 17, 2018. Courtesy The Field Museum/Handout via REUTERS Inscriptions…

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Harry and Meghan figures pop up in Windsor ahead of royal wedding

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – With just days to go ahead of their highly anticipated wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made an appearance in the town of Windsor on Wednesday — or rather life-size models of the couple did. People pose for pictures and selfies with models of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ahead of their wedding, in Windsor, Britain May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Phil NobleA team from the Madame Tussauds wax museum unveiled the figures on the bridge linking Windsor, where Britain’s sixth-in-line to the throne and his fiancée…

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Old tires find new life in hands of Moroccan artist

MARRAKECH (Reuters) – In his home in Marrakech, artist Lahcen Iwi brings out a cutter and gets to work, slicing up squares of used tires to craft his sculptures. From dragons to unicorns, Iwi creates his artwork out of tires he collects from landfill sites and scrapyards.   The Moroccan artist believes that there is something noble in recycling tires, “injecting art” into an object that would otherwise be harmful to the environment. “It is a good message for humanity,” he said. A single sculpture can take Iwi anything from a…

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Dutch art dealer discovers first 'new' Rembrandt in 44 years

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch art dealer Jan Six made the discovery of a lifetime at an auction house in 2016, when he saw the hand of Rembrandt in an unknown painting that had gone unnoticed for four centuries. Dutch art dealer Jan Six poses next to a Rembrandt painting called “Portrait of a Young Man” at Hermitage Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Francois LenoirThe portrait of a well-dressed young man with red hair was presented on Wednesday as the first “new” Rembrandt to surface since 1974. It will be on…

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'Bonfire of the Vanities' author Tom Wolfe dead at 88

(Reuters) – Tom Wolfe, an early practitioner of “new journalism” who captured the mood and culture of America across five decades with books including “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” “The Right Stuff,” and “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” has died at the age of 88, his agent said. Wolfe, who had a knack for coining phrases such as “radical chic” and “the me decade,” died on Monday of an unspecified infection in a New York City hospital, his agent, Lynn Nesbit, said in a phone interview on Tuesday. Wolfe’s works…

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'Bonfire of the Vanities' author Tom Wolfe dead at 87

(Reuters) – Tom Wolfe, an early practitioner of “new journalism” who captured the mood and culture of America across five decades with books including “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” “The Right Stuff,” and “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” has died at the age of 87, his agent said. Wolfe, who had a knack for coining phrases such as “radical chic” and “the me decade,” died on Monday of an unspecified infection in a New York City hospital, his agent, Lynn Nesbit, said in a phone interview on Tuesday. Wolfe’s works…

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