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German recluse goes on offensive over 'Nazi art' trove

A German recluse at the centre of a high-profile case involving artworks suspected to be Nazi loot has gone on the offensive, launching a legal bid for the return of the masterpieces. Cornelius Gurlitt's team has also launched a website to tell his side of the story about the long-lost works by the likes of Picasso, Matisse and Chagall. The spectacular "Gurlitt find" of around 1,400 long-lost works in a Munich flat has placed pressure on Germany to speed up the return of art the Hitler regime stole from Jewish collectors or bought for a pittance under duress.

Gurlitt in legal challenge over 'Nazi art' trove seizure

An elderly German recluse has taken legal action for the return of a vast art trove seized from his home, including works suspected to be Nazi loot, his spokesman said Wednesday. Lawyers for Cornelius Gurlitt, 81, filed a complaint last week against a 2011 order by a southern German court to search his Munich flat and seize around 1,400 long-lost works, his spokesman said. Gurlitt's legal petition aims for the seizure order to be lifted and the return of the artworks, which included long-lost masterpieces by Matisse and Chagall, Stephan Holzinger said in a statement.

Banksy work 'Kissing Coppers' auctioned for $575,000 in Miami

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A mural created on the side of a building by the elusive British street artist known as "Banksy" sold for $575,000 on Tuesday, along with dozens of other graffiti-style works at a Miami auction being closely watched due to the soaring value of street art.

Clooney, Damon to attend White House screening of 'Monuments Men'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Actors George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray will attend a screening of their new movie "The Monuments Men" at the White House on Tuesday night hosted by President Barack Obama. The film, directed by Clooney, is based on the true story of U.S. soldiers in World War Two who rescued art masterpieces from Nazi thieves.

El Greco paintings return to Toledo for anniversary

By Raquel Castillo TOLEDO, Spain (Reuters) - For centuries, Spanish Renaissance painter El Greco was a non-entity. No one studied his startling, unconventional work hanging high in a gothic cathedral, obscure convents and Spanish museums. It wasn't until the 19th century that modern painters rediscovered the artist - born Domenicos Theotocopoulos in Crete then living and painting in Toledo, Spain, from 1577 until his death in 1614. They found inspiration in his bold colors and brush strokes.

El Greco paintings return to Toledo for anniversary

By Raquel Castillo TOLEDO, Spain (Reuters) - For centuries, Spanish Renaissance painter El Greco was a non-entity. No one studied his startling, unconventional work hanging high in a gothic cathedral, obscure convents and Spanish museums. It wasn't until the 19th century that modern painters rediscovered the artist - born Domenicos Theotocopoulos in Crete then living and painting in Toledo, Spain, from 1577 until his death in 1614. They found inspiration in his bold colours and brush strokes.

Miami museum visitor accused of breaking $1 million Ai WeiWei vase

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Miami police have arrested a man who they say smashed a $1 million vase by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei to protest that the city's newly opened museum is only displaying international art. Dominican-born Maximo Caminero, 51, was arrested and charged on Sunday charged with criminal mischief after picking up one of the 16 brightly painted vases at the Perez Art Museum Miami and throwing it to the ground when confronted by security, according to a police report.

Jewish 'Monuments Man' accepts medal from German hometown

A Jewish member of the "Monuments Men", a team of experts who rescued Nazi-looted artworks during World War II, accepted a medal from his German hometown at the weekend, media reported Sunday. Harry Ettlinger, 88, who had already attended a red-carpet screening of George Clooney's new "The Monuments Men" movie about the group at the Berlin film festival last week, received the so-called Staufer Medal at an art museum in Karlsruhe, southwestern Germany.

Tomandy gallery in Frederick exhibits 3D-printed artwork by Tony Karp

FREDERICK, Md. - Tony Karp, 75, has worked as a writer, photographer, builder and in computers. He now works as a 3D artist in a genre he calls techno-impressionism, using computers and digital printing to create photographs and animation. He has worked for NBC, Disney and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1970 for a computerized zoom lens that was used to shoot the opening scene of "The Godfather." His work is currently on exhibit at the Tomandy Gallery at 25 E. Patrick St. in downtown Frederick. He lives in Haymarket, Va. ___ — When did you get into 3D artwork?

Google Doodle speaks words of love

Google got into the Valentine's Day spirit on Friday with a search page "Doodle" featuring recorded tales of real-life love, including a moving vignette from a married gay couple. Cartoon candy hearts adorned the Internet titan's main search page in an interactive Doodle that let visitors click on each image to hear romantic short stories. The virtual sweets held audible treats from people sharing touching experiences under themes including "Puppy Love" and "Blind Date."
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