• Oklahoma art and theater notes, May 17

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Art and theater notes, May 17

  • Oklahoma lifestyle briefs

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Oklahoma lifestyle briefs

  • Entire graduate class quits USC art school in protest

    Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Protesting faculty and curriculum changes, all seven graduate students of the class of 2016 at the University of Southern California's prestigious art and design school have announced their withdrawals.

  • Late blues great B.B. King: Legacy lives on in Mississippi

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — Outside Indianola, B.B. King was a blues superstar, a guitar legend who inspired Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and countless other musicians. But in this small farming town in north Mississippi, he was known as Mr. Riley. And he'd return here each year to meet with friends and relatives, and to play the blues for townspeople out in the sun on Church Street. "They would come and stand around and listen to him. He would stay there practically all day," said Ruthie King, a 65-year-old who is not related to the bluesman. "You could hear the guitar all over town because he had an amplifier." B.B. King, born as Riley B. King, died at 89 on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. Ruthie King said she found ou

  • Audubon's birds land at Norman museum

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Original prints of noted ornithologist and artist John James Audubon are featured in a new, temporary exhibition at Sam Noble museum in Norman.

  • Blues great B.B. King leaves legacy in native Mississippi

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — Blues legend B.B. King grew up as poor as could be, alone and in debt at 14, living in primitive cabins and sharecropping cotton in Mississippi. His natural talent with a guitar enabled him to escape grueling poverty and manual labor. He became a millionaire, and played for presidents, the pope and the Queen of England. But glittering wealth and international fame never kept him from his roots in the Delta, and friends say he showed no bitterness about his rough start.

  • Correction: Sotheby's-Spring Art Auction story

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a May 12 story about the Sotheby's Spring art auction, The Associated Press erroneously reported the estimate of the value of pop and contemporary artwork donated by philanthropist Stefan Edlis to the Art Institute of Chicago. It is about $400 million, not $40 million. A corrected version of the story is below: Works by Rothko, Lichtenstein fetch $88M at NY art auction Major works by Rothko, Litchtenstein fetch over $88 million at NYC auction of contemporary art NEW YORK (AP) — Major works by Mark Rothko and Roy Lichtenstein brought in over $88 million at a Sotheby's auction of contemporary art. Rothko's "Untitled (Yellow and Blue)" sold for $46.4 million Tuesday.

  • Greece says court bid for Parthenon Marbles still an option

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's culture minister said Friday he has not ruled out court action to try and force the return of the ancient Parthenon sculptures from the British Museum in London, but diplomacy seems like the most effective option. Nikos Xydakis told The Associated Press the latter course has worked well so far, winning over British public opinion — although the London museum insists it legally acquired the marble works and has no plans to return them. "Our priority is to seek the marbles, in any way," he said in an interview. "Court action is one of many courses. But the political and diplomatic path ... remains our basic advantage.

  • Official artist captures the frenzy of Cannes, in paint

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — Amid the wheelers, dealers, oglers and stars, a man with a sketchbook is capturing the carnival that is Cannes. The world's most prestigious film festival already attracts thousands of reporters, photographers and camera crews. Now, for the first time in its 68 years, it also has an official artist. British painter Dan Llywelyn Hall has been appointed to spend the 12-day event wandering the streets, screening rooms and salons with pencils and watercolors. "The interaction of the people, that's what interests me, and the social hierarchy," Hall said, sitting with sketchbook on a terrace overlooking Cannes' teeming main drag, the Croisette.

  • Day-by-day Obama paintings to debut at Detroit art museum

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — An artist who has produced paintings of President Barack Obama daily since his first inauguration will have the work-in-progress displayed in Detroit. Rob Pruitt's "The Obama Paintings" debuts Friday at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The exhibit consists of roughly 2,300 2-foot-by-2-foot paintings featuring white illustrations on a canvas covered in a spectrum of red-to-blue. The collection, which features moments ranging from a State of the Union address to a walk across the White House lawn, is designed to comprise 2,922 paintings upon completion. Pruitt says in a statement that his aim was create "something that views the presidency in its entirety." Another Pruitt work — "The Lincol

  • Exhibit at Marine Corps museum showcases military photos

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    TRIANGLE, Va. (AP) — The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia, is hosting a first-ever exhibit of award-winning photographs by military communicators. The exhibit opened May 1 and continues through the end of the month. It showcases 36 winning images from an annual Defense Department contest. The exhibit's promoter is the Defense Information School at Fort Meade. The school trains service members and civilian military workers from the United States and nearly 80 allied nations as journalists, photographers, videographers and public affairs officers.

  • Band Q&A: Spoon

    By Nathan Poppe, Entertainment Writer | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Nathan Poppe interviewed Britt Daniel of Spoon about Howard Stern, taking breaks and rebuilding his band.

  • Detroit museum considered selling Van Gogh to buy other art

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Institute of Arts director Graham Beal says he considered selling a Van Gogh painting to raise money to buy other works for the museum. Beal told Detroit News columnist Laura Berman that he spoke with an auction house about selling "Still Life with Carnations," but decided it was the wrong time to do so after Detroit's December exit from bankruptcy. Museums routinely sell, or deaccession, art to raise funds to buy new pieces. Institute spokeswoman Pam Marcil said Thursday it is a standard practice for the DIA and other accredited museums.

  • Giant Lego sculpture exhibit opens in Paris

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — American artist Nathan Sawaya's "The Art of the Brick" takes a children's toy and turns it into high art. The show, which opens Thursday in Paris, contains some 100 sculptures composed of more than 1 million Lego bricks. Sawaya's most famous work, "Yellow," a male bust opening his own chest, is featured alongside a 6 meter (20-foot) -long skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as a replica of the Venus de Milo statue — the original of which is on display in the nearby Louvre Museum. A former lawyer, Sawaya quit his job in a New York law firm to follow his Lego art passion, and first introduced Lego sculptures to the art world in 2007. He's since staged exhibitions in North America, Asia, Australia and

  • Copies of famous artworks replace ads on Tehran billboards

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In an unusual move by Tehran's mayor, hundreds of copies of famous artworks — both of world masters and Iranian artists — have been plastered on some 1,500 billboards across the city, transforming the Iranian capital into a gigantic, open-air exhibition. The 10-day project, which ends Friday, has stirred both appreciation and criticism. But whether people like it or not, the message is simple, according to Ehsun Fathipour. "It says Iranians are art lovers, too," says the 57-year-old Tehran businessman.

  • 100-pound chicken statue missing from Georgia arts festival

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — City of Duluth officials are looking for a 100-pound chicken sculpture they say was stolen from a city festival. Multiple news outlets report Dee Dee the Chicken disappeared from the Barefoot in the City: Duluth Art Week Tuesday. The chicken wears striped stockings and is five-and-a-half feet tall. Barefoot in the City" is an 8-day event featuring different forms of art throughout the city of Duluth that coincides with the annual Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Festival. Dee Dee is one of the art installations that was to be moved to different locations every day. A public works employee who was supposed to move the statue Tuesday discovered it is missing.

  • Lucian Freud painting sells for $56.2 million at auction

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the past three days, Christie's in New York City has sold over $1 billion worth of art, a frenzied spectacle that showcases the world's rising class of uber-wealthy and its appetite for trophy art. Wednesday's bidding was spirited at Christie's contemporary art auction highlighted by iconic works by Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and others. The evening sale featured Freud's "Benefits Supervisor Resting," which is considered one of the British artist's most celebrated works. It depicts the ample figure of a reclining woman, every fold, curve and blemish of her naked form revealed. It sold for $56.2 million, including buyer's premium. Another painting from the series, "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping," bro

  • Art review: Broad spectrum of art found in O. Gail Poole sketchbook show at The Depot in Norman

    By John Brandenburg, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Art review: A show from the sketchbooks of O. Gail Poole (1935-2013), an “artist’s artist” who defied easy classification, is at The Depot Gallery in Norman.

  • AP-MD--Mid-Atlantic News Digest 6 pm, MD

    Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in the Mid-Atlantic. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Mid-Atlantic bureau at 202-641-9660, 410-837-8315 or metro@ap.org. Brett Zongker is on the desk, followed by Sarah Brumfield. AP-Mid-Atlantic News Editor Amanda Kell can be reached at 202-641-9662 or 410-837-8315 or akell@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

  • Boston art museum offers new $100K reward for stolen item

    Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is offering a new $100,000 reward for information leading to the return of one of the items stolen during a notorious 1990 art heist. The museum says it hopes the reward will help it recover the Napoleonic finial — one of the least recognizable of 13 works stolen by thieves posing as police officers. Gardner Museum experts say the item should be easy to identify. The 10-inch gilded bronze eagle originally was affixed to a flagpole of Napoleon's Imperial Guard and dates to 1813-14. The reward announced Tuesday is separate from an additional $5 million offered for the filial and paintings by Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Johannes Vermeer.