Sand sculpture festival brings super-heroes to Belgian beach


OSTEND, Belgium A beach in Belgium has been transformed into a giant sandy gallery, featuring larger-than-life super heroes, cartoon characters and Cinderella's castle, for one of the world's biggest sand-sculpture festivals.

As art flies off the walls at Basel, buyers beware, experts warn

BASEL, Switzerland "When did so many people start caring about contemporary art?" wondered Marc Glimcher, head of the Pace gallery empire, as he busily made deals at Art Basel's VIP preview this week. | Video

Italy court suspends ruling that ousted museum directors

ROME Italy's top administrative court on Thursday suspended a ruling that ousted five museum directors who had been hired as part of a bid to modernize and boost revenue from the country's artistic and archaeological treasures.

Architect claims NY's One World Trade Center stole his design

NEW YORK A Korean-born architect on Wednesday sued a major architecture firm over the design of Manhattan's One World Trade Center, claiming that the building bears a "striking similarity" to a tower he designed in 1999 while in graduate school.

The London gallery shining a light on neon art

LONDON On the flick of a flurry of switches, a studio on a gray industrial estate in East London lights up to reveal hundreds of bright neon artworks. | Video

Street artists bring color to Israeli and Jordanian streets

ARAD, Israel With large murals of black cats and colorful gurning faces, a group of traveling international artists are bringing a splash of colorful street art to towns in Israel and Jordan.

Madame Tussauds-owner Merlin says Manchester, London attacks hit demand

LONDON Merlin Entertainments, operator of Madame Tussauds waxworks and other attractions, has seen a fall in demand from domestic tourists following recent attacks in London and Manchester and said on Tuesday foreign visitors could stay away in the coming months.

British artist Grayson Perry explores a divided country in new exhibition

LONDON British artist Grayson Perry will launch a new exhibition on Thursday, the day Britain votes in a general election, and unsurprisingly, his works cast a critical eye over the country's tumultuous political landscape. | Video

Rockefeller art collection to be auctioned benefiting charities

NEW YORK Works of art, furniture and decorative objects from the collection of the late David Rockefeller, the billionaire banker and philanthropist who was the last surviving grandchild of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller, will be sold at auction next year, Christie's said on Wednesday.

Banksy's art-for-votes offer erased after police warning

LONDON The pseudonymous British graffiti artist Banksy has withdrawn an offer of free artwork in return for tactical voting in Thursday's general election after police warned it would invalidate the result. | Video

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