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Filmmaker Ava DuVernay aims to hold police accountable through art

FILE PHOTO: Ava DuVernay attends the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Beverly Hills during the 92nd Academy Awards, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok -/File Photo LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Filmmaker Ava DuVernay is urging writers, dancers, poets and other artists to help make the names …

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Brussels adds George Floyd memorial to large mural collection

Belgian-Congolese street artist NovaDead, whose real name is Julien Crevaels, poses next to a giant mural paying tribute to George Floyd, in the aftermath his death in Minneapolis police custody, in Brussels, Belgium June 18, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Brussels added to its large collection of murals on …

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Grief over virus deaths sets Hungarian artist on darker course

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungarian artist Jozsef Szurcsik lost four of his friends in a matter of weeks to COVID-19 and the tremendous pain and grief he feels has transformed his art. Hungarian artist Jozsef Szurcsik paints in his studio in Budapest, Hungary, June 17, 2020. Picture taken June 17, 2020. …

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Ukrainian lawmaker says he has Gutenberg Bible fragment in his private collection

KYIV (Reuters) – A wealthy Ukrainian politician has made public a manuscript in his private collection that he says is a fragment of the Gutenberg Bible, the world’s first substantial printed book, although researchers said it would need to be authenticated. Leader of Ukraine’s Opposition Platform – For Life political …

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May flowers: Where the U.S. retail blooms are and are not

(Reuters) – No denying May’s $73 billion rebound in U.S. retail sales was an eye-popper and is the latest fodder to fuel the red-hot “V” vs “U” debate about what kind of recovery to expect from the COVID-19 recession. FILE PHOTO: A shopkeeper hangs beads in his retail store as …

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Van Gogh-Gauguin letter describing brothel visits sells for 210,000 euros

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A letter written by Vincent van Gogh and fellow artist Paul Gauguin describing visits to brothels and discussing the future of art has been sold at auction for 210,600 euros ($237,700). FILE PHOTO: A security guard looks on as “L’Arlesienne, Madame Ginoux”, a painting by Vincent Van …

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Anti-racism protest signs, murals destined for U.S. Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Days into nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd, demonstrators began to fill a tall fence in front of the White House with posters, flowers, paintings and photos in honor of black men, women and children who have lost their lives at the hands of police. …

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Artists around the world pay tribute to George Floyd

(Reuters) – Protests against racism triggered by the death of African American George Floyd have inspired art around the world, from murals in Syria and Pakistan to graffiti in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO: Pakistani truck-art painter Haider Ali, 40, gestures as he speaks with Reuters next to a mural he painted, …

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U.S. ruling over ancient bronze horse a ‘huge victory’ for Greece: minister

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece’s culture minister has hailed a U.S. court ruling over a disputed ancient horse figurine as a major victory that may help Athens and others fighting to reclaim antiquities. An undated photo provided by the Greek Culture Ministry on June 10, 2020, shows an 8th century B.C. …

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Vietnam schoolgirl creates art from the chaos of the coronavirus

Nguyen Doi Chung Anh, 10, a Vietnamese school girl stands next to her paintings about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at home in Hanoi, Vietnam June 10, 2020. . REUTERS/Kham HANOI (Reuters) – Stuck at home with school suspended, Nguyen Doi Chung Anh made the most of a lockdown in Vietnam …

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