Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en Huge Detroit, Bethlehem Banksy murals to be sold in Beverly Hills <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A large street mural painted on a derelict Detroit auto factory by elusive British artist Banksy is going up for auction in Beverly Hills and could fetch up to US$400,000 dollars for a local non-profit group, Julien&#39;s Auctions said on Wednesday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The 7 feet by 7 feet mural (2.1 by 2.1 meters) called &quot;I Remember When All This Was Trees,&quot; which was painted by Banksy on the wall of the crumbling Packard factory in Detroit in 2010, will be sold along with a second large mural the graffiti artist created in Bethlehem.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Bethlehem work, called &quot;Donkey Documents,&quot; depicts a donkey having its papers checked by an armed soldier and was one of a series of politically-aimed 2007 art works left by Banksy along a concrete barrier dividing the West Bank from Israel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Julien&#39;s said the 7 feet high by 10 1/2 feet long (2.1 by 3.2 meters) Bethlehem mural could fetch up to $600,000 at the September 30 auction, although a spokesman said the final price on both works could be much higher.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;These are considered conservative estimates. These pieces could fetch more. It&#39;s hard to say,&quot; Michael Doyle, director of business development at Julien&#39;s told Reuters. A Banksy mural painted on a shop in London sold at a private auction for $1.1 million in 2013.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Banksy, the pseudonym of a graffiti artist who first emerged in Bristol, England, hides his identity and real name. His often subversive, satirical works have become highly sought after by collectors even as their removal from their original sites has grown controversial.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In April, Palestinian police confiscated a bombed-out doorway bearing a recent Banksy painting after the original owner complained he had been swindled into selling it to a local man for $175.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Citing confidentiality, Doyle declined to give details on the Bethlehem mural but said Julien&#39;s had been approached by the owners after the work was removed from its original location. The mural was posted by Banksy on his website shortly after its creation, which is seen as a mark of authenticity</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Detroit mural is owned by the city&#39;s small non-profit 555 Gallery and is being sold to raise funds for community arts programs. It depicts a young boy wearing a hoodie with a red paint can and a brush and bears rare finger prints in red paint that are believed to have been left by Banksy.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:53:00 +0000 Reuters 2455108 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/08/01/501184/british_artist_banksy.jpg Bobbi Kristina Brown funeral expected to draw large crowds <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Scores of onlookers are expected to gather on Saturday near a Georgia church for the funeral of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Brown&#39;s funeral at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, a northern suburb of Atlanta of about 60,000 residents, is private and will be closed to the public but that is not expected to deter media and members of the public who have been mourning her death.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Brown, 22, died on Sunday at an area hospice, six months after suffering irreversible brain damage in a still unexplained incident at her Roswell, Georgia, home.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub by her partner and a friend in January in an eerie echo of the Beverly Hills hotel bathtub drowning of her famous mother in 2012.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Brown, the daughter of Houston and R&amp;B singer Bobby Brown, is expected to be buried on Monday next to her mother at a cemetery in New Jersey.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>An initial autopsy this week found no obvious underlying cause for Brown&#39;s death but the investigation is ongoing. The case is under review by the Fulton County District Attorney&#39;s Office but no-one has been criminally charged over her death.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A US$10 million civil lawsuit filed in June accused Brown&#39;s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, of causing her &quot;life-threatening injuries&quot; and of stealing from her bank account while she was in a coma. Brown had inherited her mother&#39;s fortune. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Whitney Houston, who had a long history of drug abuse, died at age 48 in a Beverly Hills hotel in February 2012 on the eve of that year&#39;s Grammy Awards ceremony. Authorities said cocaine abuse and heart disease contributed to her death. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 11:52:00 +0000 Reuters 2455106 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/07/27/43/screen_shot_2015-07-27_at_1.18.14_pm.png Fighting street crime with street art in Karachi - photos <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>For years Karachi&rsquo;s walls have been spattered with the bloodstains of murder victims and scrawled with graffiti touting everything from sectarian hatred to quack cures for erectile dysfunction.</p><p>Now a group of artists and volunteers are reclaiming the walls by painting them with cheerful designs aimed at bringing some happiness and pride back to an often violent, chaotic, and corrupt city.</p><p>Karachi, Pakistan&rsquo;s economic capital and biggest metropolis, has been swamped in recent years by a wave of extortion, murder and kidnapping &ndash; for religious, criminal, ethnic and political reasons.</p><p>Those behind the new project, called&nbsp;Reimaging The Walls Of Karachi, hope that by taking art to the streets they can bring a more positive outlook for its 20 million inhabitants.</p><p>&ldquo;We are working together and taking back the city by reclaiming the walls which are filled with hate graffiti,&rdquo; artist Norayya Shaikh Nabi says while drawing an abstract of the city on a wall along a busy road.</p><div id="attachment_129316"><img alt="The city’s architecture is stylised on this stretch of wall." src="" /><p>Above, the city&rsquo;s architecture gets a&nbsp;stylised treatment on&nbsp;this stretch of wall. Below, a group of artists and volunteers put the finishing touches on a marine-inspired mural.<img alt="str2_afpkarachi_ma_7TRYTOUSE" src="" /></p></div><p>Norayya, an art teacher at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, is one of 200 artists, artisans, and labourers taking part in the project.&nbsp;With help from the city authorities to get the permission they need, they aim to repaint walls in 1,600 different places &ndash; from warehouses to schools to flyovers and underpasses.</p><p>The scheme is being run by I Am Karachi, a charity working for the cultural, social, and literary uplift of the city, backed by funds from the US Agency for International Development. Pakistan boasts some talented young artists, but public art is rare.</p><p>Munawar Ali Syed, who is leading the team of artists, says it has been a pleasure to take their work beyond the elite circles of galleries and graduate shows.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s important for society to remain involved with art and music, but unfortunately such things are waning from our culture,&rdquo; Munawar says.&nbsp;&ldquo;In my 17-year art practice in the galleries, I have enjoyed working here the most, as I am directly communicating with my viewers.&rdquo;</p><p>Under Munawar&rsquo;s watchful eye, a team of artists use stencils to create images of boys flying kites, donkey cart races, and other images of rural life.&nbsp;Elsewhere, flamboyant, brightly-coloured paintings of peacocks and elephants have not only radically changed the feel of Karachi but have also drawn foreigners, who usually move with extreme caution around what is a volatile city.</p><div id="attachment_129319"><img alt="Adila Suleman (right), one of the people in charge of the wall painting project, instructing her team of painters as they work on a wall." src="" /><p>Above, Adila Suleman&nbsp;(wearing sunglasses), one of the wall painting&nbsp;project leaders, instructs her team of painters&nbsp;as they work on a&nbsp;wall. Below, Nooryya (right)&nbsp;working on a wall&nbsp;with her teenage&nbsp;daughter, Gaiti Ara.<img alt="Nooryya (right) working on a wall with her teenage daughter, Gaiti Ara. — Photos: AFP" src="" /></p></div><p>Aside from daily murders, Karachi was hit by two major terror attacks in just over a year. A Taliban attack on the airport left 38 people dead in June 2014, and in May this year gunmen slaughtered 45 minority Shiite Muslims on a bus. It was the first attack in Pakistan to be claimed by the Islamic State (or ISIS) group.</p><p>The art project&rsquo;s coordinator, Adeela Suleman, says she is delighted the work has brought a &ldquo;less hostile&rdquo; look into the streets.</p><p>Schoolchildren have also been made part of the project, in the hope of shifting a sense of ownership of the city and its appearance on to the younger generations.</p><p>&ldquo;We included younger people so they can carry this work on further,&rdquo; says Norayya, as she works with her teenage daughter on a wall.&nbsp;&ldquo;When they grow up they will feel that they are comfortable in sort of working for the city &ndash; this is like planting a seed within the next generation.&rdquo;</p><p>The artists hope the project will subtly change people&rsquo;s behaviour after years of violence, softening them a little.&nbsp;&ldquo;I believe that this will yield good results in the long term,&rdquo; Munawar says. &ldquo;When you see positive things around you, your behaviour becomes positive, and a big change comes along in one&rsquo;s life.&rdquo; &ndash; AFP</p><div id="attachment_129312"><img alt="The art is also becoming a tourist attraction." src="" /><p>Street art is a good reason as any to whip out the cameraphone for a quick as these men are doing in front of a mural depicting Pakistan&rsquo;s national flag.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:55:00 +0000 AFP 2455085 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/08/01/499612/fighting_street_crime_with_street_art_in_karachi.jpg Tom Cruise confirms ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ is on the way <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span style="line-height: normal;">US actor Tom Cruise has announced that he will return for a sixth instalment of &ldquo;Mission: Impossible,&rdquo; in the starring role as Ethan Hunt.</span></p><div>He broke the news on &ldquo;The Daily Show&rdquo; while discussing &ldquo;Mission Impossible &mdash; Rogue Nation,&rdquo; which launches this week.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re starting to work on it now. We&rsquo;ll probably start shooting it next summer,&rdquo; Cruise said to host Jon Stewart.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Rogue Nation&rdquo; succeeds &ldquo;Ghost Protocol&rdquo; (2011) in the &lsquo;Mission Impossible&rsquo; film series, which started in 1996.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:03:00 +0000 AFP 2455071 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/28/43/screen_shot_2015-05-28_at_5.47.55_pm.png