Matisse exhibition reunites 'Blue Nude' paper cut-outs


LONDON - Even when he was in his 80s and in frail health, the French painter, sculptor and, latterly, master of painted cut-out paper Henri Matisse, still had it.

Outkast goes back to 1990s hip hop at Coachella reunion

INDIO, California - Hip hop duo Outkast reunited for the first time in eight years a the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, and brought a taste of old school hip hop with them to the stage.

Rodin sculptures meet Mapplethorpe photos in Paris art show

PARIS - A new exhibition exploring connections between beloved French sculptor August Rodin and controversial U.S. photographer Robert Mapplethorpe has brought a hint of seedy 1980s New York to the heart of Paris.

Former President George W. Bush's brush portrays world leaders

WASHINGTON - Former U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday revealed a series of portraits of world leaders he painted in a new pursuit that he said has "opened my mind," even though it left him exposed to joking criticism from his mother. | Video

London art exchange lets collectors buy shares of a Banksy

LONDON - It may look more like a trading floor than an art show. Hundreds of well-heeled Londoners mill about, checking screens to see the latest trades and buy shares in initial public offerings. But the Banksy paintings and Shepard Fairey print point to a serious art gallery.

German court returns Nazi art trove to elderly recluse

BERLIN - A German court released on Wednesday an art trove valued at $1 billion to an elderly recluse who had kept it stashed away for decades in his flat before its confiscation in a tax probe.

Berlin unveils new Ai Weiwei exhibition, but artist can't attend

BERLIN - Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's biggest solo show, featuring a reproduction of the white cell where Chinese authorities held him for 81 days, was unveiled on Wednesday in Berlin without Ai in attendance because the government still holds his passport.

N.Y. restaurant's fragile Picasso fate hangs in court

NEW YORK - The question of whether a fragile Picasso painting that covers a wall in New York City's Four Seasons Restaurant will crumble if taken down to allow repairs went before a state court judge on Wednesday.

Stolen Gauguin painting found in Italian retiree's kitchen

ROME, April 2 - A painting by French post-Impressionist Paul Gaugin that was stolen in Britain in 1970 has turned up hanging in the kitchen of a retired factory worker in Sicily, Italian police said on Wednesday.

'Mrs Hemingway' explores pain and passion of writer's four wives

LONDON - For a writer who explored the world of men without women, Ernest Hemingway certainly liked to have women around him.