Opening of Abu Dhabi's Louvre pushed back to 2016


ABU DHABI - The opening of Abu Dhabi's branch of the iconic Louvre museum has been postponed until next year because building work still needs doing, a senior official said on Saturday, the latest delay to the high-profile project.


From handles to cyborgs, all up for Turner art prize 30 Sep 2015

GLASGOW - This year's Turner Prize nominees range from a collective selling handles, and costlier furnishings, online for 15 pounds ($23) a pop to a video display in which a woman talks about being brainwashed in Kentucky by aliens.

Modigliani painting expected to sell for more than $100 million at auction 03 Oct 2015

HONG KONG - Christie's auction house previewed highlights of its autumn sales on Friday, including Amedeo Modigliani's "Nu Couche (Reclining Nude)" that could set a new record for the Italian artist when it is sold in New York next month. | Video

Hungarian author Peter Esterhazy has pancreatic cancer: magazine 02 Oct 2015

BUDAPEST - Hungarian author Peter Esterhazy, whose widely recognized work in postmodern literature has been translated into 24 languages, is suffering from pancreatic cancer, according to an article in a literary magazine published on Friday.

Award-winning Irish playwright Brian Friel dead at 86 02 Oct 2015

DUBLIN - Brian Friel, Ireland's best known playwright of the latter half of the 20th century whose plays including "Dancing at Lughnasa", "The Faith Healer" and "Translations" were performed throughout the world, died on Friday aged 86, Irish media said.

Banksy mural fetches $137,500 at U.S. auction 01 Oct 2015

BEVERLY HILLS, California - A mural titled "I Remember When All This Was Trees," painted by British graffiti artist Banksy on a derelict auto factory in Detroit, sold for $137,500, according to Julien's Auctions. | Video


Amnesty International declares Cuba graffiti artist a prisoner of conscience 30 Sep 2015

HAVANA - Amnesty International on Tuesday declared a Cuban graffiti artist as the country's only prisoner of conscience, demanding the release of a man held for "disrespect of the leaders of the revolution" over a satire of Fidel and Raul Castro.

Artist Banksy says 'Dismaland' to go to Calais migrant camp 28 Sep 2015

LONDON - Timber and fixtures from Banksy's "Dismaland" theme park in western England will be sent to build shelters at an informal migrant camp in Calais, northern France, the elusive street artist said on his website.

China's culture chief says sites being plundered, bulldozed 28 Sep 2015

BEIJING - The treasures of China's thousands of years of culture face being plundered, sometimes violently, or disappearing under bulldozers as authorities either do not care or do not have the resources to look after them, China's culture chief said.


India's Modi prises Gandhi family legacy from heirs 27 Sep 2015

NEW DELHI - A stately New Delhi mansion, once home to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and now a museum to his life, has emerged as a flashpoint in the growing ideological war between his heirs and the Hindu nationalist government.Since trouncing the Congress party of the Nehru-Gandhi family in a general election last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chipped away at the dynasty's grip on India's post-colonial history. For long-term dominance in the world's second-mos