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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.