Arts

Luxembourg opens art freeport to lure super-rich

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LUXEMBOURG - Private banking hub Luxembourg sought to lure more wealthy investors on Wednesday by opening a high-security center designed to look like a jewel box, where collectors can store and trade valuables without paying customs or sales tax.

Niki de Saint Phalle shoots to kill at Paris retrospective

PARIS - Shooting a .22 caliber rifle at a plaster-covered canvas concealing bags of paint launched Niki de Saint Phalle to the height of the avant-garde international art world in 1961.

Chinese collectors jet in to buy Wallace Chan jewels at Biennale

PARIS - Chinese collectors flew in by private jet this week to buy the latest creations from the world's top designers at the 2014 Biennale des Antiquaires, and made a beeline for Wallace Chan's intricately crafted jewelry.

Israeli artist depicts pain of rootless Jews in Berlin exhibition

BERLIN - Moshe Gershuni's expressive, historically loaded art, which places symbols of the Holocaust in a religious setting and seeks to polarize opinion about current Israeli society, seems unlikely to reward the casual viewer.

Fake Picasso anyone? Austrian police search for fraud victims

VIENNA - Art lovers who suspect they might have bought forged Pablo Picasso paintings should contact the Austrian police, who are looking for victims of a Serbian art fraud gang.

Rare ceramics, Chinese, Indian paintings highlight NY Asian Art Week

NEW YORK - Sales of classical Chinese paintings, devotional sculptures from India, Nepal and Tibet and ancient ceramic and porcelain vases and jars, including a rare Ming dynasty bowl, will be among the highlights of Asian Art Week auctions in New York.

Rare flawless 'Blue Moon Diamond' goes on display in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - A rare blue flawless 12-carat diamond, one of the world's rarest gems, was the newest attraction at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles on Friday, adding a vibrant sparkle to the museum's gem collection.  

Matisse exhibition drew record visitor numbers, Tate says

LONDON - An exhibition of paper cut-outs by the French artist Henri Matisse drew more than 560,000 visitors to London's Tate Modern, making it the most popular show ever mounted at the museum, the Tate said on Monday.

Exhibition unwraps drama of Tutankhamun's discovery

OXFORD England - Egypt's "boy king" Tutankhamun has gripped the imagination since his tomb was discovered in 1922, and a new exhibition tells the enthralling tale of how archaeologists unearthed and recorded the contents of his 3,000-year-old resting place.

Playboy model, cheap seats lure youth to London's Royal Opera opener

LONDON - The Royal Opera House rolled out the red carpet for young people on Thursday for season opener "Anna Nicole," based on the life of American stripper and Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith whose voluptuous surgically enhanced cleavage attracted a billionaire.

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Book Talk: In Burton's 'The Miniaturist', a house is a life

LONDON - Jessie Burton thought small when she wrote her debut novel, but much to her surprise it's been sold in 30 countries and, during one heady week in August, shifted more copies than J.K. Rowling's recent offering.