Art news

Comic actress Lily Tomlin to get Screen Actors Guild lifetime award

Actress Lily Tomlin arrives at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. January 10, 2016.
07 Aug 2016
Lily Tomlin, one of America's most enduring comic actresses, will receive a lifetime achievement award in January from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the group announced on Thursday.   Tomlin, 76, who rose to fame in 1969 through...

French artist eyes record with giant biodegradable hillside portrait

A painting, created by French artist Saype, which is said to be the world’s largest biodegradable painting 
06 Aug 2016
Armed with a spray gun and lugging buckets of flour, water, and pigment, a French artist has overcome storms and burrowing moles to turn a hectare of Swiss hillside into what is believed to be the world’s largest painting on grass....

Pottermania awakens as new play, book, film revive magical world

Scholastic to Publish Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Script Book in the US and Canada.
31 Jul 2016
It's been five years since fans of Harry Potter tearfully said goodbye to the boy wizard they had grown up with, but a new play, book release and spin-off film are casting his spell all over again.   Fans around the world went...

Director of political film 'Clash' angry at efforts to sabotage Egyptian release

The Egyptian Film Clash which was screened at Cannes Film Festival 2016.
27 Jul 2016
Movie director Mohammed Diab has expressed his anger at alleged attempts to undermine the Egyptian release of his political drama “Eshtibak" (Clash, 2016), which went on general release in Egypt on Wednesday. The controversial...

‘Jurassic World’ sequel sets 2017 production start date

Cast member Chris Pratt at the premiere of ‘Jurassic World’ in Hollywood, California, June 9, 2015. The film made US$102 million for Universal this weekend.
23 Jul 2016
The sequel to 2015 action blockbuster Jurassic World is set to start production in February 2017, with The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona to helm the second film in the franchise.   The sequel has reportedly been given the...

Dying on stage: comedian Marx has come closer than most

Comedian Carey Marx performs at the Up The Creek Comedy Club in Greenwich, London, Britain, July 16, 2016.
23 Jul 2016
Like most stand-up comedians, Carey Marx has stories about "dying on stage", but in his case they are almost literally true.   Just weeks after a heart attack at the age of 46 which he put down to smoking, drinking and poor...

Edward Snowden talks film debut and dramatizing his life in 'Snowden'

American whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen on a screen as he delivers a speech during the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark, June 28 2016. Scanpix Denmark/Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen /via
23 Jul 2016
When former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden met with Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone to discuss a movie on his life, he never thought he would be making his own film debut.   Stone had initially interviewed...

Treasures of Versailles to go on display in Australia

Palace of Versailles
22 Jul 2016
Riches from the Palace of Versailles including a harp belonging to Marie Antoinette will travel to Australia, the country's national gallery said Monday, as part of a display never seen outside France. More than 130 paintings,...

Ikon Chiba: the evolution of a genre-free experimental artist

19 Jul 2016
In a world that has been reshaped by the internet, yet still remains in the clutches of institutionalized aesthetics, artist Ikon Chiba’s experimental style unpacks an aesthetic experience that is at once erratic, unhindered and...

Mahatat for Contemporary Art: bringing city streets to life with art

Mahatat for Contemporary Art, a mobile art initiative, is trying to revive the art form in public spaces by hosting artistic projects in streets and touring throughout the country.
18 Jul 2016
Stretching back into history, the streets of Egyptian towns and cities have often been filled with the sounds and colors of street performance — from the dynamic Islamic street celebrations known as "moulids" to "...