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Saddam's Army Modeled on... Darth Vader

Baghdad monument may have been inspired by Star Wars

(Newser) - American artist Michael Rakowitz has devoted an exhibition at London's Tate Gallery to one Star Wars fan George Lucas probably doesn't want to brag about. Rakowitz explores Saddam Hussein's interest in Star Wars and other science fiction—including pages from the dictator's own fantasy novel—and helmets and uniforms from... More »

Turner Prize Nods Include Crystal Cave

Four artists up for $36,000 art prize

(Newser) - A diverse quartet of artists has been nominated for this year's Turner Prize, one of the art world's most visible awards. Two artists from London and two from Glasgow are up for the UK prize, which comes with a $36,000 purse. They will exhibit their work, which runs the... More »

Hockney Donates 40-Footer to Tate

Enormous work would have fetched millions on open market

(Newser) - David Hockney has donated his largest-ever painting to London's Tate museum rather than sell it for a presumed price of several million dollars, reports the Times of London. Hockney, one of the world's foremost figurative painters, said donating the 40-foot-long Bigger Trees Near Warter was a "duty," and... More »

Bubbles Painter Washed Up No Longer

Britain's Tate plans retrospective on soapy artist Millais

(Newser) - London's Tate Britain gallery is trying to rescue the cred of a Victorian painter whose best known work is synonymous with crass commercialism. Pre-Raphaelite John Everett Millais is best known for Bubbles, which he sold to the Pears Soap company to make it one of the most reproduced images in... More »

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