Turner prize candidates put emphasis on video, image manipulation


LONDON - Images ranging from film of defaced sexually explicit photos in art books in a Tokyo library to a picture of an Irish Republican Army fighter silhouetted against a burning building feature in works of the Turner Prize finalists unveiled on Monday.


China's Ai Weiwei brings dissident message to Churchill castle 26 Sep 2014

WOODSTOCK England - Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei could not be at Blenheim Palace for the opening of an exhibition of his work on Friday, but his message came through loud and clear. Earlier this week a massive show including Ai's depictions in Lego of 176 activists and dissidents, from Nelson Mandela to Edward Snowden, was unveiled at Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco.


Grotesque, quirky 'Boxtrolls' find home on margins of animation 26 Sep 2014

LOS ANGELES - As the hipsters of animation, Portland, Oregon-based Laika studios is not afraid to play on the fringe with its latest film "The Boxtrolls," and its lead stars are not your average cute animated monsters.

Slavery show with black actors canceled in UK after protests 25 Sep 2014

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A slavery exhibition featuring black actors as live models to represent African slaves was canceled by a London art center after protests of racism, sparking a debate on Thursday about freedom of expression.


Dissident artist Ai Weiwei brings exhibit to Alcatraz 24 Sep 2014

ALCATRAZ - One of China's most famous dissidents has appropriated the United States' most famous former prison as a way to highlight the plight of activists held in detention.


Leonardo restoration sheds light on genius as a young man 24 Sep 2014

FLORENCE Italy - If there is any mind an art restorer would die to get into, it would be that of Leonardo da Vinci, the master painter, architect, engineer and inventor whose genius epitomized the brilliance of the Renaissance.


'Lion King' musical is top-grossing box-office production of all time: Disney 22 Sep 2014

NEW YORK - The stage musical of "The Lion King" has generated the highest total box office of any production in any entertainment medium, with worldwide takings of more than $6.2 billion, a spokesman for Walt Disney Co said on Monday.


New Gdansk theater shows Poland's contemporary links with Shakespeare 22 Sep 2014

GDANSK Poland - A new Elizabethan-style theater opened in Gdansk last week on the site of a building that showed Shakespeare's plays during his lifetime in the Baltic Sea city.

Uncertain Guggenheim Helsinki draws record number of hopeful architects 22 Sep 2014

HELSINKI - A plan for a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki like those in Bilbao and New York has attracted a record number of design submissions, even though it is not sure it will be built, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation said.


David Bowie exhibition lands in Chicago for only U.S. visit 19 Sep 2014

CHICAGO - David Bowie has been best-known throughout his five-decade career as a prolific musician and songwriter, with hits like "Changes" and "Space Oddity" in constant radio circulation.