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London’s National Gallery prevails in ‘stolen’ Matisse lawsuit: New York judge

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National Gallery in London on Thursday won the dismissal of a lawsuit in which three grandchildren of a muse of the artist Henri Matisse sought to recover a painting they said was stolen shortly after World War Two. Reuters: Arts

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Ai Wei-Wei critical of China at opening of Swiss exhibit

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Ai Wei-Wei denounced China’s crackdown on lawyers and free speech on Wednesday but saw little hope that the upcoming Communist Party Congress would lead to more freedoms. Reuters: Arts

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UK art dealer jailed for stealing works by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood

LONDON (Reuters) – A British art dealer who abused his position by stealing clients’ artworks, including many paintings by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, was jailed on Tuesday, the state prosecution service said. Reuters: Arts

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Drones destroy child’s drawing in Banksy protest at UK arms fair

LONDON (Reuters) – Military drones destroy a child’s picture in British graffiti artist Banksy’s latest work, the highlight of an anti-war art show in London which protests against one of the world’s biggest arms fairs this week. Reuters: Arts

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New Banksy works mark Basquiat show at London’s Barbican

LONDON (Reuters) – Two murals by British street artist Banksy have appeared at London’s Barbican center to mark an exhibition of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a U.S. artist who achieved fame through the New York graffiti scene. Reuters: Arts

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A museum dedicated to street art opens in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) – A museum for graffiti and art for public spaces will open in Berlin on Saturday and designs by local and international street artists will be exhibited on the facade of its building to kick it off. Reuters: Arts

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Somali book fair offers respite from bombs

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Long associated with pirates, famine and bombs, Somalia showed a different face to the world this week as it welcomed foreign writers for the first time to its annual book fair. Reuters: Arts

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Two first-time authors make Man Booker Prize shortlist

LONDON (Reuters) – Two first-time female authors feature on the 2017 Man Booker Prize fiction shortlist which comprises three women and three men including best-selling U.S. writer Paul Auster. Reuters: Arts

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YuMi the robot conducts Verdi with Italian orchestra

PISA, Italy (Reuters) – YuMi the humanoid robot showed no signs of nerves on Tuesday night as it raised its baton to conduct the Lucca Philharmonic orchestra alongside Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. Reuters: Arts

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Nancy Hatch Dupree ‘Grandmother of Afghanistan’ dies in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) – Nancy Hatch Dupree, a historian from the United States who helped set up the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University, has died in the country whose culture she worked for more than five decades to preserve, the university said on Sunday. She was 89. Reuters: Arts