More than three meters above east London's Sclater Street is a mural of sprinter Usain Bolt, captured in explosive color by artist James Cochran.
The Andy Warhol classic painting "Double Elvis (Ferus Type)" sold Wednesday at Sotheby's in New York for more than $37 million, the auction house said.
CNN's Isha Sesay talks with Sotheby's auctioneer Tobias Meyer about the epic multimillion dollar sale of "The Scream."
With its early colonial portraits, depictions of grand historical battles, transcendentalist landscapes and intimate, turn-of-the-century paintings of the elite classes, the collection of American art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ranks as one of the finest in the world.
It's the time of year when hammers are poised at the world's major auction houses and the strength of the art market for the coming year is tested.
Camille Pissarro's "Le Marché aux Poissons" is returned to the French by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
He steered Great Britain through the perils of World War II and is recognized as one of the most important statesmen of the 20th century.
A newly-discovered work by Spanish "Old Master" Diego Velazquez has sold at auction for $4.7 million, after it was spotted in a group of paintings by a largely-forgotten British artist.
He may be one of the most sought-after painters you have never heard of, but Emil Filla's name is doing the rounds of newsrooms and international art-loss registers following an audacious theft of his works from a collection in the Czech Republic.
Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" encouraged amateur "symbologists" everywhere to scan their favorite paintings for secret codes -- but the practice has been going on for centuries.
A newly discovered painting by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci has sent shock waves through the art world, prompting speculation that more of his paintings could be as yet undiscovered.
Nick Glass visits the Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan exhibition at the National Gallery in London.
After centuries of neglect, a painting is identified as da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi." Photographs courtesy Robert Simon.
A previously unknown portrait by famed Spanish artist Diego Velázquez has been unveiled in London after it was spotted in a consignment of works by a largely forgotten British painter.
At 12 years old, Jeff Hanson was struggling to see the world around him.
A visually-impaired teen is using his paintings to help others. CNN's Fredricka Whitfield has the story.
Meet Mohammed Zahmoul, with war all around him, he says his painting is his Kalashnikov. CNN's Michael Holmes reports.
The hunt begins as soon as word hits the internet. Then they're off, prowling the urban landscape, smartphones in hand, in search of the coveted kitties by the street artist known as Catlanta.
CNN's Jim Boulden talks to Jussi Pylkkanen, President of Christie's Europe about the business of fine art.
A 1932 painting by Picasso sold for $40 million at auction Tuesday -- over $10 million more than the highest pre-sale estimate.
CNN's Ayesha Durgahee checks out Google's virtual tour of galleries round the world.
With Google's Street View, Web surfers can pinpoint and zoom into many parts of the world -- in some places, right down to street level.
Baloo, Mowgli and King Louie of the Apes from Disney film "The Jungle Book" all feature in a print by anonymous graffiti artist Banksy that sold for over $120,000 at auction Tuesday.
Since it was discovered hanging on the walls of a Rotterdam museum, a painting thought to be by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn has jumped in value by $7 million.
The votes have been tallied and Pablo Picasso is your number one iconic Western painter of the 20th century.
He has the deft brush strokes of a seasoned artist, but Kieron Williamson is just eight years old.
CNN's Ayesha Durgahee meets the 8-year-old artist who's being dubbed the "mini Monet."
Better known for affordable denim than modern art, Gap founders Don and Doris Fisher amassed a collection of over 1,000 works by artists like Andy Warhol over 35 years.
Asian bidders are making an impression at London's record-breaking art auction. CNN's Eileen Hsieh explains.
Thieves steel five famous paintings worth millions of dollars from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.
Interpol has issued a global alert for a Picasso painting and four other works stolen from a Paris art museum -- a sign that authorities believe thieves may have taken the paintings outside the country.
A bronze sculpture of a man walking sold for $104.3 million at auction in London, setting a new world record for the highest price paid for a work of art, Sotheby's said Thursday.
Tucked in a quiet corner of Beijing's trendy art district, known as 798, a gallery offers an unusual collection of artworks. The oil paintings, ceramics and natural stones are staid compared to many of the avant-garde exhibits in the other galleries of the sprawling art district. But then again, these are works by artists who may not know much about the international art world: They live in North Korea.
CNN's Atika Shubert reports from Ludlow, England, where Adolf Hitler's watercolors are being auctioned.
A painting by Adolf Hitler sold for almost $15,000 Thursday -- more than six times as much as expected.
One artist took the road less traveled to invent a new kind of mural. Gary Tuchman reports.
Andrew Wyeth, the American painter perhaps best known for his painting of a young woman in a field, "Christina's World," has died, according to an official with the Brandywine River Museum in Pennsylvania.
Yue Minjun acknowledges that "Execution," inspired by the bloody Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, is the most politically sensitive of his work.
Once hidden from the public, a painting titled ''Execution'' is now making history. CNN's Emily Chang reports.
On Day 2 of the fall auction season, a Russian masterpiece expected to sell for up to $3 million at auction did not find a buyer Wednesday
In an exclusive statement to TIME, British graffiti artist Banksy responds to a London council's decision to remove his largest work in the capital
A team of European scientists unveiled on Wednesday a new method for extracting images hidden under old masters' paintings, recreating a color portrait of a woman's face unseen since Vincent van Gogh painted over it in 1887
Luxury these days is a tale of two markets: consumers continue to snap up high-priced Louis Vuitton bags even as they balk at paying full price for Coach handbags. The same can be said of demand for works of art.
Edvard Munch's masterpiece, "The Scream," went back on display Friday in Oslo, Norway -- four years after thieves pulled the painting from its frame in a daring armed robbery.
As Christie's auctions Lucian Freud's masterpiece, the full-figured muse tells why she bared all.
A picture of an overweight woman lying naked on a couch, painted by the British artist Lucian Freud, set a record Tuesday night for the most money paid for any work by a living artist.
A picture of an overweight woman lying naked on a couch, painted by British artist Lucian Freud, set a record Tuesday night for the most money paid for a painting by a living artist.
Scientists have found what they described this week as the earliest oil paintings ever discovered.
Police have recovered two of the four Impressionist paintings stolen earlier this month in a daring museum heist, police in Zurich, Switzerland said Tuesday.
Police in Switzerland recovered two Impressionist masterpieces stolen earlier this month. CNN's Mallika Kapur reports.
Zurich's E.G. BÜhrle museum was the location for the most "spectacular" theft in Swiss history
Swiss police were scrambling Monday in search of three masked men who stole four Impressionist paintings worth about $163 million (180 million Swiss francs) Sunday in a heist police characterized as "spectacular."
The vivid sunsets painted by J.M.W. Turner are revered for their use of color and light and for their influence on the Impressionists. But could they also help global warming experts track climate change?
It is an irony of contemporary art-museum management: Sometimes the museum that creates an exhibition doesn't get to premiere it.
While contemporary works like Damien Hirst's $100 million diamond skull have dominated the headlines, a rare old master study by Peter Paul Rubens is quietly generating buzz among art collectors.
Great wealth generally finds art at some point," observes Marianne Boesky, fresh off the slopes in Aspen. She would know: As a well-known Manhattan dealer and the daughter of infamous financier Iva...
THE PHOTOGRAPHS LOOK ripped from the pages of National Geographic. I'm standing upstairs at Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills, staring at five-foot-tall images of sumptuous landscapes: a pier glowing in...
Norwegian police have recovered one of the world's most famous paintings, the expressionist work "The Scream" by Edvard Munch, they told CNN Thursday.
You hear it all around you as you walk through the blond-wood-floored gallery on the Museum of Modern Art's sixth floor: "When did he 'turn?' When did the painting get strange?"
Jonathan Harr needed money.
How did two pricey Van Goghs become Van Gone?
One Sunday morning last April, a somber, well-turned-out crowd of 100 or so gathered in Manhattan's Madison Square Park for a memorial service. It was a sunny day, and in an adjacent playground dad...
Alan Greenspan has been called a real piece of work. Now, it might be true because one woman has turned the Fed chairman into a work of art.
There's contemplative comfort waiting for you in the Museum of Modern Art's new exhibition, "Pioneering Modern Painting: Paul Cezanne and Camille Pissarro 1865-1885."
The son of a New York photographer says he has discovered 32 unrecorded works by the late American abstract painter Jackson Pollock.
Two "Dogs Playing Poker" paintings cleaned house at Doyle New York's annual Dogs in Art Auction, fetching a staggering $590,400, the auction house said.
Technology installed at the National Gallery in London means visitors can now take an even closer look at the painstaking detail at its entire collection.
Watch "The Terminal" with Tom Hanks and what is memorable about this movie? More to the point, what is not memorable? For some it is the airport interior.
Oslo's Munch Museum has closed for security upgrades two weeks after robbers stole its most famous exhibit, "The Scream."
Police are checking leads in the hunt for armed thieves who stole Edvard Munch's "The Scream," as new details show the robbers were more professional than first thought.
The thieves behind the brazen daytime heist of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" in Oslo may have a tough task ahead of them.
The audacious robbers who stole the nearly priceless Edvard Munch paintings, "The Scream" and "Madonna," from the Munch Museum in Oslo seem to have gotten away clean, at least so far. The big question, though, how can they turn the paintings into cash?
Norwegian police have launched a nationwide hunt for armed thieves who stole two classic paintings by Edvard Munch, including "The Scream," in a brazen daytime heist in Oslo.
Armed robbers have stolen two classic paintings by Edvard Munch, including "The Scream," in a brazen daytime heist in Oslo.
A pair of auctions in Manhattan grossed close to $170 million Wednesday night, a record evening for modern art sales that also established record prices for a number of American artists, including abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock.
A painting by Pablo Picasso of an adolescent boy holding a pipe has fetched all-time record price at auction in New York.
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NOW THAT the speculative bubbles have burst and dropped the collectibles market closer to earth, you may be wondering whether it's time to buy. The answer is yes -- if you know what you're doing. I...
''Going, going, gone'' -- the auctioneer's cry of triumph -- may turn into the museum director's cry of despair. Now that John Whitney Payson has decided to sell Van Gogh's 1889 masterpiece Irises ...
The stock market was never like this. Consider: In a brisk four minutes and 26 seconds of bidding this year, Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers was sold to a Japanese company, Yasuda Fire & Marine Insur...
Art fraud is probably as old as art itself. In the 14th century, Italian stonecarvers copied Greek and Roman busts and other statuary, then purposely chipped their works so they could peddle them a...
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