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France’s Louvre museum to reopen July 6, Versailles June 6

PARIS (Reuters) - The Louvre museum in Paris will reopen on July 6, it said on Friday, as France’s historical and cultural sites emerge gradually from the coronavirus lockdown. FILE PHOTO: Bikers ride past the Louvre museum after France began a gradual end to a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Paris, France, May 13, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau In a statement, France’s most visited museum said a booking system a..

OPEC delivers three quarters of record oil cut in May: survey

LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC oil output hit the lowest in two decades in May as Saudi Arabia and other members started to deliver a record supply cut, a Reuters survey found, although Nigeria and Iraq are laggards in making their share of the reduction. FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed oil pump jack is seen in front of displayed Opec logo in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo On average, the 13-member Organi..

Life imitates art as Russian group attracts mock-up masterpieces

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian-language Facebook group that started off as a playful attempt by a group of friends to get through the coronavirus lockdown by recreating art masterpieces using everyday items has become an unexpected global hit. The project - Izoizolyacia - was launched at the end of March, shortly after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia to adopt lockdown measures to try to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Within a d..

Five artists announced as winners of $75,000 Herb Alpert Awards

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Barack Obama awards the 2012 National Medal of Arts to musician Herb Alpert during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington July 10, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Artists in film, dance, music, theater and visual arts were announced on Friday as recipients of the 26th annual Herb Alpert Awards, given each year by the Grammy-winning trumpeter’s foundation. The winners, who will..

Thai artist ‘restless hands’ takes coronavirus battle to the streets

Mue Bon, a Thai street artist paints a mural depicting characters attempting to keep a virus at bay, in Bangkok, amidst an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Thailand, May 21, 2020. REUTERS/Juarawee Kittisilpa BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai street artist has been paying tribute to the fight against the coronavirus with murals depicting a winged-character dressed as a health worker looming over a spiky image of the virus restrained by a..

Macy’s to be ‘smaller company’ as loss to hit $1 billion in quarter amid...

(Reuters) - Macy’s Inc (M.N) said on Thursday it could rack up operating losses of up to $1.11 billion in the first quarter, as the department store operator was forced to shut stores due to lockdowns aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus. A Macy's department store stands behind a relatively empty parking lot at Woodbridge Center Mall that remains closed due to the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Woodb..

Breathing In, Breathing Out: A Unique Art/Medical Collaboration in the time of CoronaVirus.

Neal Feay/MV Anderson In my 2018 JustLuxe interview with Alex Rasmussen, founder of Neal Feay Studio, we discussed the emergence of his design/manufacturing company as the leader in the creation of high-end furniture, textured art design, fashion, and exterior cladding using anodized aluminum as the major element in their creative product lines. ..

Style-conscious Africans turn compulsory masks into fashion accessories

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian fashion designer Sefiya Diejomaoh likes to wear bright, bold clothes to match her personality. She believes a global pandemic should not get in the way of her sense of style. The mask she wears, which has become compulsory attire as Nigeria tries to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, is the centrepiece of her ensemble. Gold-coloured and studded with sparkling diamante jewels, it matches her floor-length dress. ..

New work by Chinese dissident artist shows support for Hong Kong protests

Danish sculptor Jens Galschiot is seen in front of his sculpture "The Pillar of Shame" at the unveiling of Chinese cartoonist Badiucao's new illustration "A New Tank" at the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 15, 2020. John Nielsen/Handout via REUTERS COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A new work by Chinese dissident artist Badiucao in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters shows the image of a lone man standing in the path of a tank ..

Australia sets plan to end most COVID-19 restrictions by July

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will ease social distancing restrictions in a three-step process, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as Canberra aims to remove most curbs by July and get nearly 1 million people back to work amid a decline in coronavirus cases. Australia in March imposed strict social distancing restrictions, which coupled with the closure of its borders, are credited with drastically slowing the number of new infections ..

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