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Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Thursday sat for a haircut and trim from a migrant barber at the Greek border camp of Idomeni to once again draw attention to the plight of thousands trapped there in squalor.
 
Aboriginal painter, 105, happy to make impact
Australian artist Loongkoonan only began painting aged about 95. Little more than ten years on her works have electrified the indigenous art scene and are now being exhibited overseas.
 
Pop star among dissidents testing Vietnam's 'democracy' limits
Pink-haired pop star Mai Khoi, dubbed Vietnam's Lady Gaga for her risque outfits, has found a new way to shock: running for parliament along with a motley crew of dissidents and activists testing the limits in the authoritarian nation.
 
Iraq's only ballet, music school faces crisis
Iraq's only music and ballet school has survived decades of war, sanctions and dictatorship, but now faces a funding crisis due to low oil prices and the costly war against the Islamic State group.
 
Dubai on Wednesday opens its 10th annual art fair, an event that showcases the emirate's position as the region's leader in an industry now helping it to rake in millions of dollars.
 
New York kicks off its annual week of Asian art sales Tuesday, red-faced after stolen Indian statues were impounded from Christie's and testing the market in the face of a Chinese economic slowdown.
 
A set of three Buddha sculptures from the 15th-century Ming dynasty went under the hammer in France on Saturday for more than 6.2 million euros (US$6.9 million), over 10 times the estimated sale price, the auction house said, in a flourishing market for Chinese art.
 
They were Indiana Jones's most feared nemeses and scared off would-be Medusa fanciers.
 
Indian statues seized from NY auction house
Two Indian statues that are more than 1,000 years old were seized Friday from Christie's auction house after investigators discovered they had been smuggled out of the country, eventually landing in New York.
 
French gallery shows off 'new' Rembrandt work
The painting was labeled as the work of an unknown artist from Europe's "Continental School," dated somewhere in the 19th century. It had a presale estimate of US$500 to US$800 when it went to auction in New Jersey last year.
 
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