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Ballet great Baryshnikov granted Latvian citizenship

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RIGA Latvia has granted citizenship to ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov, who left more than 50 years ago when the Baltic country was still under the Soviet rule.

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Sao Paulo mayor declares war on wall writers 26 Apr 2017

SAO PAULO It took Brazilian artist Iaco one minute to whip out a can of spray paint and write "doria" seven times across a gray wall in Sao Paulo.

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Instagram ban of Imogen Cunningham nude photos stuns Boston museum 26 Apr 2017

BOSTON Social media company Instagram pulled photos by U.S. photographer Imogen Cunningham promoting an exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, saying they violated decency standards, even as parent company Facebook Inc faces criticism for users' live videos of murder.

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Madrid show highlights Picasso's Guernica as abiding symbol of war 25 Apr 2017

MADRID Eighty years after the bloody air raid on the Spanish town of Guernica that drove Pablo Picasso to paint a masterpiece, a new exhibition in Madrid highlights the enduring relevance of his depiction.

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Treasures from Paris's Louvre museum go on display in Hong Kong 25 Apr 2017

HONG KONG A selection of artwork from Paris' world-renowned Louvre museum goes on display in Hong Kong on Wednesday, offering Chinese patrons a rare opportunity to view some of the institution's cultural treasures on their doorstep.

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Havana walls brought to life with murals of wide-eyed children 21 Apr 2017

HAVANA The gigantic black and white portraits of children started appearing on walls around a suburban neighborhood of Havana two years ago, the work of Cuban artist Maisel Lopez.

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After three weeks, French artist succeeds in hatching eggs 21 Apr 2017

PARIS French artist Abraham Poincheval, who famously spent a week inside a rock and two weeks inside a bear sculpture, has succeeded in hatching chicken eggs after incubating them for some three weeks.

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HSBC refuses to open bank account for Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei 19 Apr 2017

HONG KONG Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei said on Wednesday global banking giant HSBC Holdings Plc refused to open a personal bank account for him in Hong Kong for what he assumed were political reasons, a conjecture the bank dismissed.

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Once preposterous, now immediate; Margaret Atwood on 'Handmaid's Tale' 17 Apr 2017

NEW YORK Margaret Atwood did not have any creative control over the latest adaptation of her dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale," but she was very clear what she didn't want.

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Ai Weiwei calls on Gulf states to do more to help Syrian refugees 12 Apr 2017

DOHA Chinese artist Ai Weiwei called on wealthy Gulf Arab states to take in more Syrians displaced by six years of civil war, saying the surge of refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East was a "test for humanity".

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