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Famed Holocaust Artist, Survivor Allegedly a Fake

Rosemarie Koczy's life story is questioned

(Newser) - Rosemarie Koczy's drawings displayed at the Guggenheim and the World Holocaust Remembrance Center are haunting—not at all surprising given that Koczy described them as "burials for those I saw die" in concentration camps as a child. And yet the authenticity of that statement, and of the German-born... More »

New Aim for Rosa Parks' Home: Return It to US

Artist Ryan Mendoza, who brought it to Berlin, says now is the right time

(Newser) - Last year, an American artist living in Germany bought Rosa Parks' dilapidated home in Detroit and reassembled it in Berlin as an art project. Now Ryan Mendoza says it's time for the home to return to the US, per the Detroit Free Press . He cites the recent racial violence... More »

Salvador Dali to Be Exhumed Over 'Clandestine Love'

Maria Pilar Abel Martinez says artist had affair with her mother, wants DNA test

(Newser) - Truth may be stranger than fiction, and for Salvador Dali, death is proving just as surreal as life. The famous Spanish painter, who has been in eternal repose since 1989, will be exhumed under a Madrid judge's orders so his DNA can be tested in a paternity suit, the... More »

Artist Chihuly on Mental Illness: 'I Don't Have Neutral Very Much'

Glass art pioneer talks about highs, lows of his struggles with bipolar disorder

(Newser) - The private studio of glass artist Dale Chihuly reflects his obsession with collecting, from stamps and pocket knives to carnival-prize figurines on shelves that reach the ceiling. But amid the ordered clutter, some items hint at something more: a long row of Ernest Hemingway titles in one bookcase, an entire... More »

Newest Statue on Wall Street: 'Pissing Pug'

It's a response to 'Fearless Girl,' which was a response to 'Charging Bull'

(Newser) - For months, "Fearless Girl" has stood in defiance of a famous 11-foot bull statue in Manhattan. But its message of female empowerment was a bit dampened Monday. In protest of the 4-foot statue of a young girl, artist Alex Gardega erected a small statue of a dog urinating next... More »

In Just 30 Seconds, Selfie-Taker Busts Museum's Exhibit

Yayoi Kusama's pumpkin room at Hirshhorn to get added security

(Newser) - Who knew a walk through a pumpkin patch could be so perilous? A visitor to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, tried to take a selfie inside Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's mirrored room full of more than 60 spotted glass pumpkin sculptures over the weekend and fell into one,... More »

Artist Begins Weeklong Stay ... in a Boulder

Abraham Poincheval hopes to 'find out what the world is'

(Newser) - A French artist has kicked off a weeklong stay inside a 13-ton boulder. Sounds awful, right? Well, it's only the start of what Abraham Poincheval calls "an inner journey to find out what the world is." After seven days confined to a sitting position in a limestone... More »

Two Artists Are in a Serious Paint Fight Right Now

One hoarded the world's blackest black, so the other created the pinkest pink

(Newser) - Paint fight! We got a paint fight, everybody! It started earlier this year when artist Anish Kapoor bought the rights to the world's blackest black, the Creators Project reports. That means Kapoor is the only artist in the world allowed to paint with a black that was created with... More »

New Theory Emerges About Van Gogh's Ear

It may have been reaction to brother's good news

(Newser) - Vincent Van Gogh may have cut off his own ear in response to what most people would consider happy news, according to a writer who has taken a fresh look at one of history's famous self-mutilations. Martin Bailey says Van Gogh didn't take a razor to his ear... More »

British Artist Stranded at Sea After Shipping Firm Collapses

Rebecca Moss calls it 'completely ironic'

(Newser) - When British artist Rebecca Moss set out to sea for a 23-day adventure last month, it was to to "explore the comedic potential of the clash between mechanical systems and nature," as the Guardian puts it. Little did she know just how real things were about to get.... More »

Verdict Is In for Artist Who Insists He Didn't Paint Picture

Peter Doig emerges victorious in odd art-world case

(Newser) - A case Artnet.com calls "one wild ride" may finally be over after a federal judge ruled Tuesday that artist Peter Doig wasn't the painter of a painting owned by an ex-corrections officer—and that the man and his art dealer couldn't sue Doig for foiling plans... More »

Artist: I Was Attacked Over Nude Trump Painting

'I am scared for America,' says Illma Gore

(Newser) - From death threats to an alleged attack: Artist Illma Gore, whose unflattering pastel drawing of Donald Trump in the buff is hanging in a gallery in London, says a Trump supporter punched her in the face on a Los Angeles street as she walked near her home on Friday. Gore,... More »

British Artist Marries ... a Rock

Tracey Emin says the stone is waiting for her at home, and that it's 'not going anywhere'

(Newser) - British artist Tracey Emin, known for work that is confessional and "so wincingly personal that actually interviewing her seems slightly redundant," as Post Magazine puts it, has announced that last summer, at her home in France, standing under an olive tree, and wearing her father's white funeral... More »

Ellsworth Kelly Didn't Expect the World to Love His Art

Ellsworth Kelly started out painting WWII tanks

(Newser) - Ellsworth Kelly, widely seen as one of the greatest artists America has ever produced, has died at his home in upstate New York after 70 years of creating his own style of abstract art. He was 92. Kelly started out in an artistic US Army unit in France during World... More »

Cop Stumbles on Pricey Art in Old Meth Lab

Work by American Indian artist Al Momaday worth over $30K

(Newser) - An Albuquerque officer searching a former meth lab stumbled upon artwork by late American Indian artist Al Momaday that was worth more than $30,000 and likely was stolen, according to police. Police say the officer found the valuable prints last week during a protective sweep of the condemned apartment... More »

Why Banksy Might Be a Woman

Kriston Capps at Citylab makes her case

(Newser) - An upcoming HBO documentary about the ever-elusive street artist Banksy is worthwhile for fans, but "it doesn't cast a light on who Banksy is or what she looks like," writes Kriston Capps at Citylab . That's right, what she looks like. For a variety of reasons, Capps... More »

Meet the Sweet Woman at Center of Massive Art Fraud

Margaret Keane painted 'big eyes' works, but husband took credit

(Newser) - In its interview with 87-year-old Margaret Keane, the Guardian points out that the polite woman "is the last person you’d expect to be a participant in one of the great art frauds of the 20th century." But she is indeed, thanks to her "big eyes" paintings... More »

Meet the Woman Who Can See 100 Times the Colors You Can

Concetta Antico is a tetrachromat: her eyes have four cones

(Newser) - If you're a tetrachromat—which, odds are, you aren't—you can see more colors than the rest of us, thanks to an extra structure in your eyes. The structure, known as a cone, detects certain light wavelengths. With three cones, most of us can see about a million... More »

Live and Let Die Villain Dead at 84

Geoffrey Holder was an artist with a varied career

(Newser) - Geoffrey Holder, a multi-talented dancer, artist, director, actor, and composer best known for his role as a Bond villain, died in New York yesterday of complications from pneumonia, the New York Times reports. He was 84. An unmistakable presence, Holder stood 6'6" and possessed a booming voice with a... More »

Scientist Unlocks a da Vinci Secret

'The Lady with an Ermine' has 2 previous versions hidden beneath it

(Newser) - Among Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings is a portrait of a woman holding an ermine, but a new analysis shows there's a lot more to it than that. The portrait features Cecilia Gallerani, the mistress of the "white ermine," as da Vinci patron the Duke... More »

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