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US pastor convicted over Damien Hirst fakes

A Florida pastor was convicted in New York on Tuesday of trying to sell five forged works of millionaire British artist Damien Hirst to an undercover detective for $185,000. Kevin Sutherland, 46, was convicted by a jury in the State Supreme Court of attempted grand larceny in the second degree and faces up to seven years in prison when sentenced on May 19. The pastor, who dabbles in art dealing, came a cropper after approaching auction house Sotheby's in Manhattan with a purported Hirst painting in December 2012.

Tate Modern buys first collection of Paik Nam-june works

By Shim Sun-ah SEOUL, March 7 (Yonhap) -- The Tate Modern gallery in London said Friday it has bought its first ever collection of works by late Korean-born American media artist Paik Nam-june and will put the new collection on display in the second half of this year. Tate Modern, which mainly houses international modern and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st century, acquired nine media art pieces and video installations by Paik, the gallery said.

Exhibit exploring violence against women has resonance in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG - An anonymous woman stands, topless, with most of her breasts, nose and mouth covered by a large frying pan. Her eyes are dark saucers that peek out over the shallow pan as her hands tightly grip the long handle. In the photo, by Japanese artist Yoko Inoue, the frying pan is not a kitchen staple but a weapon against domestic violence, the caption explains.

Sculptor Kapoor brings new stone works to old Istanbul

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - For his first major show in Turkey, famed Indian-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor brought huge works that have never before been exhibited to a gallery that ripped down walls to accommodate him. Massive slabs of rough-hewn slate, polished Iranian onyx and rough sandstone, weighing a combined 121 metric tons, dominate the galleries at Istanbul's Sakip Sabanci Museum.

Two Damien Hirst artworks stolen in Britain

Two signed works by British artist Damien Hirst have been stolen from a London gallery, police said Wednesday. The two works, both from Hirst's colourful series of "spot paintings", are together worth around £33,000 ($54,000, 39,000 euros). They were stolen from the Exhibitionist Gallery in west London in the early hours of Monday. The thief forced open the gallery's front doors and made off with the two etchings in a hatchback car, said Scotland Yard.

Two Damien Hirst artworks stolen in Britain

Two signed works by British artist Damien Hirst have been stolen from a London gallery, police said Tuesday. The two works, both from Hirst's colourful series of "spot paintings", are together worth around £33,000 ($54,000, 39,000 euros), Scotland Yard police headquarters said. They were stolen from the Exhibitionist Gallery in west London in the early hours of Monday. The thief forced open the gallery's front doors and made off with the two etchings in a hatchback car, said Scotland Yard.

French artist Laure Prouvost wins Britain's Turner prize

French artist Laure Prouvost on Monday won Britain's Turner prize for contemporary art for her video installation set among a mock-tea party setting, it was announced at a ceremony in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. "The jury thought her work was outstanding for its complex and courageous combination of images and objects in a deeply atmospheric environment," said an official press release from Tate, the award's partners.

French artist Laure Prouvost wins Britain's Turner prize

French artist Laure Prouvost on Monday won Britain's Turner prize for contemporary art for her video installation set among a mock-tea party setting, it was announced at a ceremony in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. "The jury thought her work was outstanding for its complex and courageous combination of images and objects in a deeply atmospheric environment," said an official press release from Tate, the award's partners.

Urinating robot leads up Turner prize nominees

The creators of a naked male mannequin who pees into a bucket and a room filled only with conversation are in the running for Britain's prestigious Turner prize for contemporary art announced on Monday. The £25,000 ($40,000, 30,000-euro) annual prize made famous by Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin is notorious for challenging the public's perceptions about what constitutes art. The four nominees created a typically eclectic collection for this year's prize exhibition in Londonderry in Northern Ireland, the first time it has been staged outside England.

Mexico City recognized for efforts to reduce violence

Mexico City, Nov 17 (EFE).- Mexico City has been recognized as an International Capital of Non-Violence for its programs to promote voluntary disarmament and create a culture of peace and respect by the Non-Violence Project Foundation, or NVP. The honor was bestowed on the Mexican capital on Saturday by the NVP, which counts celebrities like Yoko Ono and musician Ringo Starr among its supporters. The former Beatle, who is touring Mexico for a series of concerts, was expected to attend Saturday's awards ceremony, but he was unable to attend.
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