SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 31-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln will make its debut this week in Springfield after stops in Chicago and Peoria.
NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — Ten artistic additions to Norfolk have been installed as the inaugural Norfolk Sculpture Walk officially began last Saturday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Even before families step inside the huge new Louisiana Children's Museum building slated to open in New Orleans City Park this summer, they'll already have encountered some of...
MILAN (AP) — Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn created a splash on the sidelines of the Venice Biennale contemporary art fair two years ago with a gigantic sculpture of a child's hands reaching out of...
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As artists, their influence can be seen in hundreds, even thousands, of paintings, illustrations, sculptures and designs; yet for the most part, their work has remained in...
NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison is being honored this spring by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The academy announced Monday that Morrison, celebrated for such novels...
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A man stood in a light drizzle Friday evening in a parking lot on Flynn Avenue, delivering what he called a sermon in the shadow of a 50-foot-high filing-cabinet...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Landowners and the sculptor of the Enchanted Highway in western North Dakota have resolved a dispute concerning liability and the lease linked to the statuary road's flagship...
Spartanburg artists wants to find sculpture thieves
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — An artist in South Carolina wants to find the thieves who have taken two of his public sculptures.
Cody Roberts has put his Hoondirt art all around...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A new exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art features a recently donated collection of Inuit art.
Nearly a dozen bronze sculptures stolen in Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly a dozen bronze sculptures have been stolen from a Louisiana artist.
NOLA.com/the Times-Picayune reported that Covington artist Bill Binnings said he discovered the...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has acquired a site-specific commission by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.
The Grand Rapids attraction says the piece titled...
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A Breckenridge troll sculpture will be rebuilt on a different site within the ski town in central Colorado in May.
New York balloon artists head to Dubai for show
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Some upstate New York sculptors whose medium of choice is balloons are heading to the United Arab Emirates for their next creation.
Spiral sculpture graces front of new courthouse in Provo
PROVO, Utah (AP) — A towering steel spiral structure that sits in front of the new state courthouse in Provo is the work of an Arizona artist who says he wanted a light and airy piece of art to contrast the courthouse.
Autistic artist gains praise for massive building sculptures
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Meet Kambel Smith, a 32-year-old self-taught artist with autism whose large and intricate cardboard sculptures of Philadelphia buildings are gaining attention in the art world.
Talent finds a way: Kambel created hundreds of oil paintings before his dad could no longer afford the expensive supplies. Undeterred, Kambel grabbed cardboard from the trash and started to create sculptures of iconic Philadelphia buildings like the Museum of Art and the Divine Lorraine Hotel.
Giant heroin spoon art is moved again, to drugmaker’s gates
COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — An artist has moved his giant sculpture of a burnt spoon to a Rhode Island drugmaker's office to protest the opioid crisis.
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Cash-strapped Gary schools sells model of Picasso sculpture
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary's cash-strapped school district has sold a model of Chicago's famous downtown Picasso statue as part of an auction to boost the district's finances.
The 16-foot-tall wooden model of the actual steel sculpture was sold last week for $20,000 to a private collector from Belgium during an auction of several art pieces by Kraft Auction Service.
Palestinian artist brings Japanese origami to Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In a small studio packed with sculptures made of scrap metal, Palestinian artist Ahmed Humaid has found a new medium in origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.
It's an unlikely pursuit for an artist living in the Gaza Strip, which has been largely cut off from the outside world since Israel and Egypt imposed a crippling blockade on the Hamas-ruled territory more than a decade ago.
Health system plans arts destination in Detroit neighborhood
DETROIT (AP) — A health system plans to turn a vacant commercial building in Detroit into an arts destination.
Henry Ford Health System plans to revitalize the building near Henry Ford Hospital with help from a $200,000 grant from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation.
The building also will have education and community meeting space. The "ArtBlock" project will feature five public art installations, including murals and interactive rideable, animal-shaped and pedal-powered metal sculptures.
Boston art museum acquires 1 of famed Infinity Room exhibits
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston art museum has acquired one of the popular "Infinity Mirror Room" installations that have drawn hordes of selfie takers to museums worldwide.
The Institute of Contemporary Art announced this week it will display one of the 20 fantastical spaces created by 89-year old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama this fall.
Ground zero art exhibit featuring Saudi flag to be moved
NEW YORK (AP) — An art exhibit installed on the grounds of the World Trade Center that features a giant candy sculpture wrapped in the Saudi flag will be relocated following complaints from 9/11 victims groups, the agency that oversees the site said Monday.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed the exhibit "Candy Nations" will be moved to the Kennedy Airport AirTrain system this week.
‘McJesus’ sculpture sparks outrage among Israel’s Christians
HAIFA, Israel (AP) — An art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald has sparked protests by the country's Arab Christian minority.
Hundreds of Christians calling for the removal of the sculpture, entitled "McJesus," demonstrated at the museum in the northern city of Haifa last week. Israeli police say rioters hurled a firebomb at the museum and threw stones that wounded three police officers. Authorities dispersed the crowds with tear gas and stun grenades.
Helped by Beyonce clip, Paris’ Louvre breaks visitor record
PARIS (AP) — The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, received a record 10.2 million visitors in 2018, numbers boosted by a video clip shot by pop star Beyonce amid its paintings and sculptures.
The Louvre also mentioned in a statement Thursday the success of its flagship exhibition on French master Delacroix as a reason for the record.
Art gallery known for protest sculpture set to close
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The owner of a Connecticut art gallery known for his giant heroin spoon protest sculpture says he will close his downtown Stamford location.
Fernando Alvarez Gallery, which opened nine years ago, will shut its doors in January — but Alvarez says his business will continue.
Museum acquires statue, complete with glitter, nail polish
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An impressive marble sculpture of the first king of Israel, which disappeared from public view for 150 years, has been acquired by a North Carolina art museum from a boarding school in England.
But before the sculpture titled "Saul Under the Influence of Evil" is installed in the permanent collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art, conservators must remove the glitter stuck in the crevices of the statue's clothing and remnants of what might be black fingernail polish.
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Man arrested in shattering of sculptures at Denver museum
DENVER (AP) — An 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief for shattering glass sculptures and damaging other pieces at the Denver Art Museum, police said Monday.
Jake Siebenlist was taken into custody Sunday at the museum in downtown Denver.
Witnesses told police that Siebenlist pushed a glass sculpture to the ground then began to throw other sculptures around the room. Court records say he also tried to damage two paintings that were protected by plastic glass.
NRA settles lawsuit with ‘The Bean’ artist
CHICAGO (AP) — The National Rifle Association will remove an image of Chicago's famous bean-shaped sculpture from a video advertisement, ending a legal dispute that began after the artist sued for copyright infringement, according to statements from both sides.
British artist Anish Kapoor said he's "pleased to declare victory over the NRA," the Chicago Tribune reported .
Minimalist American sculptor Robert Morris dies at age 87
NEW YORK (AP) — American sculptor Robert Morris, one of the founders of the minimalist movement that emerged in the 1960s, has died. He was 87.
The Castelli Gallery, which is currently exhibiting his work, confirmed that Morris died Wednesday of pneumonia in Kingston, New York.
Morris studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute. After a stint in the Army Corps of Engineers he began making Abstract Expressionist paintings.
Nevada Museum of Art to launch $1.5M space balloon
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A museum in Nevada says it is about to send a diamond-shaped sculpture into space that will be visible to the naked eye at night.
Giant wooden troll removed in Colorado could get new home
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A huge wooden troll that proved to be too popular in a Colorado ski resort town is gone, but it's possible the artwork could find another home.
Workers in Breckenridge used a chainsaw and backhoe to remove the 15-foot (4.5 meter) sculpture known as Isak Heartstone on Thursday.
Self-taught artist displays folk style at Casper museum
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Color fills the gallery, where faces peer from portraits covering the walls almost from top to bottom. Sculptures crowd the center of the space at the Nicolaysen Art Museum. Figures wrapped in twine suspend from the ceiling, while characters made of bowling pins perch along a ledge at the top of the gallery walls.
‘Ball Circus’ sculpture from NY mall listed on Craigslist
GREECE, N.Y. (AP) — A sculpture by a well-known artist that in its prime featured colored balls traveling through loops and ringing bells is being sold on Craigslist decades after it went missing from an upstate New York mall.
Vermont double gold medal skier honored with Rutland statue
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont ski champion who some consider the state's greatest athlete of all time is being remembered with a new sculpture in her honor in her native Rutland.
The statue of Andrea Mead Lawrence is the latest sculpture in Rutland's growing trail of public art that is designed to honor contributors to the region's history.
Lawrence won two alpine Olympic gold medals at the 1952 games in Norway.
Michigan cities use public art to add design to area
DETROIT (AP) — A mural of President John F. Kennedy wearing multicolored sunglasses pops on the side of a cement-block building in Royal Oak.
A rusted-brown metal horse sculpture, its mane blowing in the breeze, stands in the grass at Mount Clemens' southern gateway.
A giant pigeon with shades of purple and blue graces one side of an old barn in a farming area near Port Austin.
Giant heroin spoon left outside Massachusetts Statehouse
BOSTON (AP) — A giant heroin spoon sculpture that was placed outside a drugmaker's Connecticut headquarters last summer to protest the opioid overdose crisis made a brief stop at the Massachusetts Statehouse on Friday.
The nearly 11-foot-long (3-meter-long), 4-foot-high (1-meter-high) steel sculpture of a burned heroin spoon was briefly placed in front of the historic building by Westwood-based sculptor Domenic Esposito and Connecticut gallery owner Fernando Alvarez.
New Comcast tower to open lobby showcasing unique artworks
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia is set to open its lobby to the public this week, showcasing a new sculpture and artwork for public viewing.
$1,000 reward to nail thieves of California hammer sculpture
HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — The artist who created an 800-pound (363 kilograms) sculpture of a hammer that was stolen from a Northern California community center is offering a $1,000 reward to nail the thieves.
Vermont’s new statue for top of Statehouse is taking shape
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A new sculpture of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, is taking shape and is expected to be installed on top of the Vermont Statehouse next month.
It will be the third Ceres statue to grace the top of the state capitol building. The last one, there for 80 years, was removed this spring over concerns that it was rotting and as part of a nearly $2 million project to renovate the Statehouse dome.
Icelandic sculptor to guide visitors through outdoor exhibit
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A sculptor from Iceland will be at a Louisiana college in the upcoming week to guide visitors through her outdoor sculpture series called Borders.
Eleven pairs of life-sized androgynous human figures were installed around Centenary College in Shreveport in early October. They'll remain through the school year.
Renaissance focus of New Hampshire museum exhibit
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Currier Museum of Art is diving into the hidden symbols of the 500-year-old Florence Renaissance.
The Manchester museum on Saturday is hosting an academic symposium on the Renaissance's social, political and spiritual context and the 16th century transformation of Italian sculpture.
Annual black heritage visual exhibit opens at Ohio museum
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An annual Ohio art show will once again highlight black history and culture through several artistic mediums.
The fifth annual Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms exhibit opens Saturday at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.
The juried show runs through January and features 69 original paintings, quilts, sculptures and prints by visual artists of African descent from Ohio and beyond.
Clemson artist uses embroidered bras to tell #MeToo stories
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — On the first day of classes in August, art professor David Detrich told his intermediate sculpture students at Clemson University to create pieces around the theme "boundary."
There were no size or material limitations.
Senior Geneva Hutchinson decided to tell a story with bras.
She took a clothesline and clothespins to Trustee Park in the middle of campus and hung up 10 bras of different sizes and colors. Each was embroidered with a phrase about sexual assault.
Exhibition reflects on 1968 Olympic protest and its legacy
ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly five decades before NFL players took a knee to protest police brutality and social injustice, African-American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos defiantly raised black-gloved fists during an Olympic medal ceremony to protest the way black people were treated in the United States.
Keith Haring sculpture to be placed in AIDS Garden Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say a sculpture by the late artist Keith Haring will be placed at the AIDS Garden Chicago .
The Keith Haring Foundation said Thursday that the artwork will be called "Self-Portrait." The foundation welcomed Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Tom Tunney for the announcement.
It will be located on the Lake Michigan lakefront between Belmont and Diversey harbors.
Artist sues Val Kilmer over tumbleweed sculptures
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Texas artist is suing Val Kilmer, saying the actor co-opted his work.
Bale Creek Allen says in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that he had been creating golden-laden tumbleweed sculptures for years and selling them in galleries in Austin, Texas, and Santa Fe when he noticed Kilmer had begun selling "identical" pieces.
Surveillance cameras show men damaging $80K wooden sculpture
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the people who damaged a lakeside wooden sculpture that was unveiled in the Adirondacks last year.
The Warren County Sheriff's Office says surveillance images taken on the night of Sept. 9 show a group of people at the 24-foot sculpture depicting colonial British scout Robert Rogers and five American Indians in a canoe. The $80,000 sculpture was unveiled a year ago this month along Lake George's southern shore.
New museum murals honor working class of Manchester
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — This week, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester is welcoming art-lovers to its gallery for a new show.
Boston-based artist and Tufts Professor Ethan Murrow has created wall drawings and a sculpture honoring Manchester's working class roots. Last week, ahead of the show's opening, he and a team of art students put the finishing touches on the drawings.