PARIS – Delving into the history of a family art business she once shunned, French celebrity journalist Anne Sinclair is returning to public life by reconnecting with her roots. She was France’s star television interviewer in the 1980s and 1990s. But her gilded life was upended five years ago when her husband, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested in New York on charges, since dropped, of sexual harassment of a hotel maid. While U.S. prosecutors investigated the…"France’s Sinclair mines family art history for comeback"
AMSTERDAM – American author Dan Brown has donated 300,000 euros ($335,000) to Amsterdam’s Ritman Library, where he researched some of his best-selling novels, to help preserve its ancient works. The funding will be used to digitize part of the library’s rare collection of books and manuscripts about the Hermetic religious tradition that Brown referenced when writing “The Lost Symbol” and “Inferno”, it said in a statement. About 4,600 works, many dating from before 1800, will…"Da Vinci Code’s Dan Brown donates 300,000 euros to Dutch library"
CAMBRIDGE – Chinese artist Ai Weiweilaunched his first exhibition in Cambridge on Wednesday, displaying works in the grounds of Downing College. Ai will also address students of the English city’s famed university, giving a talk at the Cambridge Union. “Ai Weiwei: Cubes and Trees” runs from June 17 to October 9 at the college’s Heong Gallery."Ai Weiwei takes his art to Cambridge in new exhibition"
ROME – A marble sculpture of the head of Rome’s first emperor was welcomed back to the Italian capital on Tuesday, some 40 years after it was stolen and trafficked out of the country. The portrayal of Augustus, one of the earliest known depictions of a man born more than 2,000 years ago, is the latest artifact from Italy’s ancient sites to be repatriated after being illegally smuggled abroad. The phenomenon became so widespread that…"Stolen marble head of Rome’s first emperor returns to Italy"
NEW YORK – “Hamilton”, the pop culture phenomenon based on U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton, swept the Tonys on Sunday, winning 11 of Broadway’s top awards including best musical, best actor, best direction and best score and book for creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. The musical, which tells the story of the ill-fated Hamilton with a deft musical melding of hip-hop and rap, R&B, ballads and traditional Broadway showstoppers, also won for featured actress and actor and…"Smash hit ‘Hamilton’ sweeps Tonys with 11 wins during somber ceremony"
NEW YORK – A non-profit that exhibits art by the late theater and screen caricaturist Al Hirschfeld has filed a lawsuit against a New York gallery that has long sold his work, court records on Wednesday showed. In a statement on its website, the Al Hirschfeld Foundation said it is ending its September 2000 agreement with Margo Feiden Galleries Ltd and Margo Feiden over the sale and exhibition of his works because they “have ceased…"Non-profit for late caricaturist Al Hirschfeld sues NY gallery"
LONDON – Dressed in Hogwarts robes and waving wands, eager fans got a first glimpse of the next installment in the Harry Potter saga, giving a new London stage production glowing reviews. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” brings back to life author J.K. Rowling’s magical world of wizards and witches, set 19 years after her last book about the much-loved character and his friends Ron and Hermione. The play, the eighth story in the…"New Harry Potter play enchants fans in first preview"
SARAJEVO – Italian experts are helping Bosnian colleagues preserve the collections of the Sarajevo National Museum, providing equipment and know-how to set up a center for restoration of cultural heritage in the ethnically divided country. The museum, a custodian of culture in a region torn by ethnic divisions, contains treasures such as a medieval Jewish book of Passover rites. It reopened last September after a three-year closure due to lack of funding. With international help,…"Italy helping Bosnia’s museum become national restoration center"
LONDON (Thomson Foundation) – When British art curator Sue McAlpine first visited makeshift migrant camps in Calais on Frances’s northern coast, the sight of families living in muddy tents and children wearing flip-flops in the middle of winter saddened and horrified her. McAlpine visited the camps in February to see if she could commission art and collect stories from migrants living in Calais for an exhibition in London – an idea she had while watching…"London art gallery showcases Calais migrant stories"
CHICAGO – A graphic 2012 video of Chicago police shooting dead an unarmed black man who charged toward them was among hundreds of audio and video recordings released on Friday by Chicago’s police oversight body. The Independent Police Review Authority, or IPRA, said information about 101 incidents involving the use of force by police from January 2011 to March 2016 showed its commitment to transparency in the wake of public uproar over Chicago police shootings,…"Chicago police watchdog releases hundreds of tapes of past incidents"