Van Gogh painting made during psychosis confirmed as genuine after years of doubt

A work by Vincent van Gogh has been confirmed as genuine and was “made during psychosis”, experts have said. The painting, titled Self-Portrait (1889) was bought as a genuine Van Gogh in 1910 by Norway’s National Museum, but doubts had surrounded its authenticity since 1970. Thos

Germany returns Nazi art from Gurlitt trove to French family

Two of the pictures came from a trove of works held by Cornelius Gurlitt, which was discovered in 2012 by German tax inspectors in Munich. His father had been an art dealer and sold what the Nazis dismissed as “degenerate” art. At a ceremony in Berlin, culture minister Monika Gruetters

Man who ate $120,000 banana at art show says ‘I’m not sorry’

A performance artist who ate a banana taped to a wall that was an artwork valued at $120,000 said his actions were not vandalism and he does not regret his snack at Art Basel in Miami Beach, Florida. “I decided in the morning. But I was not too hungry. So I spent another two hours to the Base

‘Revolutionary art’ adorns the walls of rebellious Beirut

BEIRUT -Samar Kadi -While many protesters raised their voices and shouted slogans against bad governance, corruption and social injustice in Lebanon, some used artistic expression, a quieter yet equally powerful tool to demand change and inspire hope. Since the protests erupted October 17, hundreds

Sculptor transforms Rome's dead trees into art

  Gandini, who began his tree carvings around five years ago, chipped away at his 66th stump in the huge Villa Pamphili park on Friday. He has plenty of raw material to work with. Rome is known as one of the greenest cities in Europe, with its 313,000 trees filling its many parks and lining

Banksy launches online store Gross Domestic Product – but don't expect shopping there to be easy

Weeks after unveiling a pop-up display at a disused carpet shop in London, Banksy has launched an online store of the same name, Gross Domestic Product.The shop’s tagline “the homewares brand for Banksy” sums up its catalogue: mugs, rugs, cushions, clocks and home accessories. Th

Barjeel Art Foundation's touring exhibition to challenge how we think about modern abstract art

From the 1950s, significant changes swept through the Arab world – the disintegration of colonial powers, industrialisation, war and the mass exodus of people. In this period until the 1980s, various modes of abstract art also began to spring up in the region.The artistic movements produced

Gauguin, Gauguin, Gone - Tahiti painting to be auctioned in Paris in December

Paris - A painting by French post-impressionist painter Paul Gauguin is to be sold in Paris in December in an auction expected to fetch at least 5 million euros ($5.48 million). The oil on canvas titled “Te Bourao II” and believed to have been created in 1897 when Gauguin was living in

The Museum of Modern Art in New York unveils $450 million expansion

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has unveiled a $450 million expansion, which increases the the New York gallery's space by 47,000 square feet and "allows us to rethink the experience of art in the Museum".The extension, which opens to the public on October 21, includes a space for performance, whe

Saudi artist’s unique portrait of Princess Diana goes viral

Khobar: With her trademark feathered blonde hair and unforgettable smile, the late Princess Diana is literally sparkling in a stunning new portrait that has gone viral.Made entirely of beads, Swarovski crystals and buttons, the unique artwork has been viewed over 100,000 times on Twitter and liked b

The new London show that celebrates the works of Kurdish artists

Tucked away off the side of the busy Euston Road in London, around the corner from a makeshift mosque and a store selling Arabic books, is the P21 Gallery, devoted to Arab culture. A shop in the entrance sells Palestinian trinkets – embroidered bookmarks, weathered house keys – and the

Filipino performance artist and activist Carlos Celdran dies

Performance artist and activist Carlos Celdran has died at 46 years old, his wife announced on Tuesday.In a Facebook post, Tesa Celdran wrote: “As the family is making arrangements to bring him home, no details can be announced yet. Only that he passed from natural causes.” Celdran die

Banksy's 'Devolved Parliament' of chimps sells for record price

A large Banksy painting depicting chimpanzees in the UK Parliament sold for more than £9.8 million on Thursday 10-3-2019, a record auction price for a work by the secretive British street artist, Sotheby's said. Devolved Parliament, in which chimpanzees replace politicians in the House of Com

The British prize celebrating Arab artists challenging perceptions

Nadine Kaadan didn’t set out to tackle prejudice when she wrote her award-winning children’s book The Jasmine Sneeze. “I’ve lived all my life in Damascus, so simply I am inspired by my city, by our culture and by our magnificent architecture … but it surprised me how a

Long-lost Italian painting could fetch $6 mln at French auction

Paris - A long-lost painting by a 13th century Italian master discovered in the kitchen of an elderly French woman has been valued at up to six million euros and will be sold at auction next month. The “Christ Mocked” painting by early Renaissance artist Cimabue was valued at 4 to 6 mil