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Sao Paulo debates street art and the definition of a 'beautiful city'
When completed in 2015, the mayor's office hailed the graffiti panels along Avenida 23 de Maio as Latin America's largest open-air mural -- 70 works of street art stretching for more than 3 miles (5 kilometers) along a boulevard connecting a well-to-do district with the city center.
 
No brush painting
Chinese investment banker Huang Xiaoshuai, 26, and his wife Wei Mengyuan gesture in front of their newly acquired painting, "Appearance of Crosses 2016-12" by Chinese artist Ding Yi, at Art Basel in Hong Kong on Wednesday, March 22.
 
Rivera headlines Latin American art sale
A painting that Sotheby's hails as one of the most important pieces by Diego Rivera to go to auction in recent years will headline its Latin American art sale in May, the auction house said.
 
Classics refreshed
Reading plays, I always wondered how it was possible for phrases and sentences to be articulated on stage countless times, centuries after they first took form and still be able to move audiences. How does a story from long ago fit into the context of contemporary times, letting a line like "to be or not to be" remain relevant even after hundreds of years? Perhaps the passage of time does not alter the essence of humanity.
 
Designers ready for Golden Pin Design contest
The call for entries for this year's Golden Pin Design Award (金點設計獎) -- the only international design award focused on the world's Chinese-speaking huaren communities -- has begun.
 
Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet, dies at age 87
Derek Walcott, a Nobel prize-winning poet known for capturing the essence of his native Caribbean, died Friday on the island of St. Lucia. He was 87.
 
Chiayi Int'l Art Doc Film Festival kicks off
"This edition of the festival is by no means an old wine in a new bottle," filmmaker Huang Ming-chuan (黃明川) said from the outset. Huang is the art director and founder of upcoming Chiayi International Art Doc Film Festival (嘉義國際藝術紀錄影展), and his knowledge spans from classic modern films to contemporary art documentaries.
 
Beatrice Hsieh gets top     French cultural honor
Peini Beatrice Hsieh (謝佩霓), former commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Taipei City Government (臺北市政府文化局), was recently made a "Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) -- one of the highest cultural awards from France -- in recognition of her outstanding contribution to culture.
 
From history to contemporary art
Dedicated to bringing Chinese culture and history into contemporary Chinese design, well-known jewelry designer Dickson Yewn (翁狄森) and porcelain artist Heinrich Wang (王俠軍) recently held a double-solo exhibition at 333 Gallery (景薰樓333畫廊) in Taichung.
 
Renowned British painter Howard Hodgkin dies at 84
Renowned British artist Howard Hodgkin, whose bold paintings fused abstraction with the glorious beauty of nature, has died.
 
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