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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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