Beijing's abandoned buildings: canvas for a rare street artist


BEIJING - A 25-year-old artist in Beijing who calls himself ROBBBB has found a unique canvas for his work, one he hopes helps capture the fast-paced changes in China's capital: the walls of abandoned and half-demolished buildings.

Miro grandson provides surreal opening to Zurich exhibition

ZURICH - Joan Miro's grandson stayed true to the Spanish painter's surrealist tenets as the opening of a Zurich exhibition of the artist's work by driving in on a Harley-Davidson, covering himself in paint and firing blanks from a pistol.

How does it feel ... to own 20 versions of Dylan's 'Rolling Stone'?

LONDON - "I need a dump truck mama to unload my head," Bob Dylan sang on his raucous 1965 B-side "From A Buick 6".

Joke's on the ECB with Bulgarian 'standby art'

FRANKFURT - The newest addition to the art display at the European Central Bank is a giant rock-like chunk of aluminum, but its Bulgarian creator has promised to replace it with a glorious masterpiece.

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

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

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

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

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

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