Conceptual Confessions: New Limited-Edition Book by Artist Olivia Steele

Olivia Steele Visual artist Olivia Steele imparts tongue-in-cheek words of wit, wisdom, and empowerment - "This Is Just The Beginning" and "Stay Present" – through her handwritten and elegantly cursive candy-colored neon light installations. An Art Basel Miami and Mexico City Art Week veteran, Steele's originals are sought by collectors world..

Cruz-Diez, Venezuelan kinetic artist, dies in Paris at 95

FILE PHOTO: A man stands on the deck of the brightly painted former pilot ship The Edmund Gardner at the Albert Dock in Liverpool, northern England, June 11, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo CARACAS (Reuters) - Carlos Cruz-Diez, a Venezuelan artist who shaped the field of kinetic and optical art during the 20th century, died in Paris on Saturday, his foundation said on its website on Sunday. He was 95. Born in Caracas in 1923, he moved to Fra..

Gaultier brings catwalk to the London stage in ‘Fashion Freak Show’

LONDON (Reuters) - French designer Jean Paul Gaultier brought his lively and eccentric “Fashion Freak Show” to the London stage this week, a musical production looking back on his life from childhood classroom sketches to the Paris haute couture catwalks. FILE PHOTO: Designer Jean Paul Gaultier poses for a photograph with members of the cast of "Fashion Freak Show" prior to its opening at the Southbank Centre in London, Britain, July 23, 2019. R..

Nike shoes race to $437,500 world record auction price for sneakers

(Reuters) - A pair of 1972 running shoes, one of the first pairs made by Nike Inc, sold for $437,500 on Tuesday, shattering the record for a pair of sneakers at public auction. The so-called Nike “Moon Shoe,” designed by Nike co-founder and track coach Bill Bowerman for runners at the 1972 Olympics trials, was the top lot in the first-ever auction dedicated to sneakers at Sotheby’s auction house in New York. Sotheby’s said the price was a world..

World Cup countdown starts for South Africa, Australia at Ellis Park

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa and Australia ramp up their World Cup preparations when they clash in their opening game of the shortened Rugby Championship season at Ellis Park on Saturday, for which both sides have made surprise selections. FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Rugby Championship - New Zealand vs South Africa - Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand - September 15, 2018 - South Africa's coach Rassie Erasmus reacts..

The highs and lows of fans watching the Africa Cup of Nations

(Reuters) - “If football was a president we would have a peaceful and exciting country,” - the words of a young South Africa fan speaking to Reuters while watching his team play in the Africa Cup of Nations perfectly capture the unifying force of the world’s most popular sport. Ibrahim Diakite (C) celebrates with others after Ivory Coast's Wilfried Zaha scored a goal against Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 (Afcon), while watching the..

‘Wonderful Life’ stage adaptation gets a little help from Paul McCartney

(Reuters) - Paul McCartney is adding another string to his bow - writing his first musical. FILE PHOTO: British musician Paul McCartney performs during the "One on One" tour concert in Porto Alegre, Brazil October 13, 2017. REUTERS/Diego Vara The former Beatle, an 18-time Grammy award winner, is in the final stages of completing songs for a stage adaptation of the beloved 1946 movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” with the aim of launching it in late 2..

U.S. lawmakers will delay Mueller testimony by a week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. House committees will delay former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s planned July 17 testimony for one week to allow lawmakers to question him for a longer period of time, the committees said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller makes a statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., May 29, 2019. RE..

Turkey begins receiving Russian missiles in challenge to U.S. and NATO

ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkey began taking delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system on Friday, a move expected to trigger U.S. sanctions against a NATO ally and drive a wedge into the heart of the Western military alliance. The first parts of the S-400 air defense system were flown to the Murted military air base northwest of Ankara, the Turkish Defence Ministry said, sealing Turkey’s deal with Russia which Washington had ..

France returns stolen ancient artifacts to Pakistan

PARIS (Reuters) - France returned more than 400 stolen artifacts to the government of Pakistan on Tuesday, including ancient busts, vases, urns and goblets, some dating to the second and third millennia B.C. Some artifacts amongst the 445 artifacts from the 2nd and 3rd millennium BC which were seized by French customs between 2006 and 2007, are displayed before being returned by French authorities to Pakistan, during a ceremony at the Embassy of..

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