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December, 8, 2016

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Shell-fishly hogging the beach
This eye-catching bamboo-made Fiddler Crab, 12 meters high and designed by a Hakka artist Hsu Min-sheng, is one of 27 art installations displayed at the 2016 Taoyuan Land Art Festival, which took place from Sept. 5-25 at two venues in Xinwu and Bade districts. The event is organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs under the Taoyuan City Government.
 
Multimedia artist feels free as he gets back to basics
Art graduates are now increasingly opting to create installations, videos and other mixed-media pieces. But You Jin is different. The artist, who majored in multimedia art, is focusing on painting -- a subject that he has been fascinated with since his teens.
 
A history of illustrated books
For book worms, our passion for reading began the moment we set eyes on picture books. From poring over illustrations and listening to adults read us stories to reading them on our own, it was through these pictures books that we caught our first glimpse of the outside world, learning eagerly about it.
 
Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25.
 
Colorful bear statues spring up in Alaska AAlaskalargest city
Alaska's largest city is home to more than 300 grizzly and black bears and now more than a dozen multicolored ones.
 
It's a mystery: New bookstore takes genre-specific approach
Murder Ink (偵探書屋), Taiwan's first mystery-oriented independent bookstore, is the talk of the town among mystery aficionados, due largely to the owner's unique management strategy and the shop's one-of-its-kind atmosphere.
 
Nat'l Taichung Theater to start trial run Friday
The long-awaited National Taichung Theater will start trial operation Friday and will officially open on Sept. 30, with the Taichung government holding a ceremony Thursday to donate the opera house to the Ministry of Culture.
 
Calligraphy master becomes museum director
Internationally-renowned Chinese calligrapher Dr. Chang Ben-hang (張炳煌) has been appointed as an honorable museum director at the China Calligraphy Museum (中國書法博物館名譽館長) in Tieling City, Liaoning Province (遼寧鐵嶺市), China.
 
Scottish-born artist Peter Doig prevails in US painting authenticity court case
A U.S. judge said Tuesday that a celebrated artist was right when he insisted he didn't paint a work now owned by a retired prison worker, a finding that likely ensures the piece will now be worth a fraction of the previous estimated value of US$10 million or more.
 
Satirical cartoons for the avant-garde: Ghana's contemporary art scene
A satirical cartoon depicting a celebrity in Ghana schooling a British diplomat on how to speak pidgin English won laughter and praise from the crowd at a street festival in Accra.
 
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