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Caetano Veloso. ©Reuters/Mario Anzuoni
Brazil singers fight for right to veto biographies

Famous Brazilian songwriters -- long activists for freedom of expression -- are themselves coming under fire as they fight an attempt to overturn a law allowing celebrities to veto unauthorized biographies.

Brazil singers fight for right to veto biographies
Cher & Co won't make room for Miley Cyrus generation
Cher & Co won't make room for Miley Cyrus generation

Cher may have her ideal burial place all mapped out, but the veteran pop star is far from having one foot in the grave with a new album and feisty views on feminism and the "genius" of Miley Cyrus.

Cher & Co won't make room for Miley Cyrus generation
Young artists shine at Hong Kong contemporary art show
Young artists shine at Hong Kong contemporary art show

With artwork sprawled on queen-sized beds, hung in front of television sets and even placed on toilet counters, Hong Kong's Asia Contemporary Art Show has an unusual take on what constitutes an art gallery.

Young artists shine at Hong Kong contemporary art show
Matisse cut-outs going on show in London
Matisse cut-outs going on show in London

The biggest exhibition of Matisse's paper cut-outs -- a technique the French artist invented in his final years -- is going on show in London.

Matisse cut-outs going on show in London
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Renoir works, personal items fetch $1.3 mn at NY auction

A collection of over 100 letters, photos, plasters, drawings and personal items that once belonged to Pierre-Auguste Renoir were sold at auction Thursday in New York.

Renoir works, personal items fetch $1.3 mn at NY auction
Thai nomad theatres strive to preserve ancient art
Thai nomad theatres strive to preserve ancient art

They eat, sleep and raise their children beneath the stage floorboards and when dusk falls Thailand's travelling theatres come to life with ornate costumes, colourful face paint and high-pitched Chinese opera.

Thai nomad theatres strive to preserve ancient art
Beibut Assemkul. Photo courtesy of yvision.kz
Kazakhstan artist got gold medal at New York Realism contest

Kazakhstan artist Beibut Assemkul was awarded with a gold medal as the author of the new trend called hyper impressionism.

Kazakhstan artist got gold medal at New York Realism contest
Pierre-August Renoir's oil on canvas 'Nu allonge' (R) and Paul Gauguin's oil on canvas 'Le Vallon,Tahiti' (L). ©REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Renoir's personal items to be auctioned in New York

A mass of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's personal items will be auctioned in New York next month in what is billed as the biggest collection of the French Impressionist artist's memorabilia.

Renoir's personal items to be auctioned in New York
Kazakhstan artist Karipbek Kuyukov. Photo courtesy of kazpravda.kz
Nazarbayev and Cameron discuss incident with armless Kazakhstan artist

Kazakhstan President and British Prime-Minister have discussed the incident that happened with the visa of disabled artist from Kazakhstan Karipbek Kuyukov.

Nazarbayev and Cameron discuss incident with armless Kazakhstan artist
Granddaughter puts Picasso muse nudes on show
Granddaughter puts Picasso muse nudes on show

Four decades after Pablo Picasso's death, the gates of the house she inherited, along with thousands of his art works, are always promptly opened to visitors.

Granddaughter puts Picasso muse nudes on show
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. ©REUTERS/David Gray
China artist Ai Weiwei releases 'Dumbass'

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei released a foul-mouthed heavy rock song titled "Dumbass" on Wednesday, with a video parodying his months in police detention.

China artist Ai Weiwei releases 'Dumbass'
Modigliani lover portrait sells for £26.9 mn in London
Modigliani lover portrait sells for £26.9 mn in London

A portrait by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani of his lover Jeanne Hebuterne went under the hammer in London on Wednesday for £26.9 million ($42.3 million, 31.2 million euros).

Modigliani lover portrait sells for £26.9 mn in London
Finding buyers, Malaysian art searches for a voice
Finding buyers, Malaysian art searches for a voice

After art school, Haslin Ismail was the typical struggling artist, selling just a few of his mixed-media fantasy pieces for a few hundred dollars each over the next five years.

Finding buyers, Malaysian art searches for a voice
Fury over S. Korea presidential hopeful satire
Fury over S. Korea presidential hopeful satire

South Korea's ruling party has threatened to sue an artist who painted its presidential candidate giving birth to her father, former dictator Park Chung-Hee, likening the work to Nazi propaganda.

Fury over S. Korea presidential hopeful satire
Genius or clown? Paris show weighs Dali legacy
Genius or clown? Paris show weighs Dali legacy

Twirling his waxed moustache, Salvador Dali's larger-than-life figure was beamed into millions of homes in the 1960s, his televised antics bringing huge fame, but burning his bridges with the art world.

Genius or clown? Paris show weighs Dali legacy
Chinese art star Yue brings 'laughing men' to Europe
Chinese art star Yue brings 'laughing men' to Europe

The painted grins are stretched so wide they seem to hurt. And that is pretty much what Yue Minjun intended, the Chinese artist explained at the Paris opening of his first major show in Europe.

Chinese art star Yue brings 'laughing men' to Europe
Chinese-born artist Yan Pei-Ming. ©REUTERS
Kadhafi corpse inspires artist trio

The day after Moamer Kadhafi died, Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming set to work painting a wall-sized oil of his corpse -- the first in an unlikely trio of artworks inspired by the Libyan strongman's grisly demise.

Kadhafi corpse inspires artist trio
Pop Art genius Lichtenstein gets major US retrospective
Pop Art genius Lichtenstein gets major US retrospective

Roy Lichtenstein, the American painter whose comic book-inspired canvases gave the Pop Art movement some of its most vivid images, is getting his first major retrospective since his death 15 years ago.

Pop Art genius Lichtenstein gets major US retrospective
Ai Weiwei says China court rejects tax appeal
Ai Weiwei says China court rejects tax appeal

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said a Beijing court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the internationally acclaimed artist against a $2.4 million fine for tax evasion that he calls politically motivated.

Ai Weiwei says China court rejects tax appeal
Yoko Ono. ©REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Lennon widow Ono to give peace award to Pussy Riot

Yoko Ono, the artist and widow of Beatles musician and songwriter John Lennon, will bestow a peace award in the couple's name to Pussy Riot, the Russian punk rockers.

Lennon widow Ono to give peace award to Pussy Riot