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Vietnam schoolgirl creates art from the chaos of the coronavirus

HANOI (Reuters) - Stuck at home with school suspended, Nguyen Doi Chung Anh made the most of a lockdown in Vietnam by using art to demonstrate tragedy, resilience and chaos in the world’s battle against the coronavirus. The work of 10-year-old Chung Anh shows how events unfolded globally, depicting the devastation with drawings of the coronavirus attacking landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, Big Ben and the Leaning Tower of P..

‘Black Lives Matter’ giant yellow mural painted on street near White House

(Reuters) - A massive “Black Lives Matter” mural was painted in yellow letters on a street near the White House on Friday, ahead of expected large demonstrations on Saturday to protest racism and police brutality in the United States. The huge mural occupies two blocks on the capital’s 16th Street. The city of Washington D.C. cleared the street so muralists could complete the work. Using rollers and buckets of yellow paint, with brushes to fine..

Winging it: Paris gallery keeps visitors apart with extension hats

PARIS (Reuters) - An art gallery in Paris has sought inspiration in ancient China to help it enforce social distancing, by providing hats with winged extensions for visitors. The colourful papier-mâché hats are modelled on headgear from the Song dynasty, which ruled China between 960 and 1279, with extensions just long enough to keep wearers the one metre (three feet) apart stipulated in France’s COVID-19 regulations. The first Song emperor is ..

Books about racial discrimination become best-sellers as U.S. protests grow

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From “White Fragility” to “The New Jim Crow,” literature about the history of racial discrimination in the United States is selling out as white Americans seek to educate themselves as nationwide protests grow over the killing of unarmed black people. Demonstrators take part in a protest in response to the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 3, 2020. REUTERS/Patrick ..

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..

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