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the early years' will surprise you


claude monet? again? yes, he’s back at the legion of honor, san francisco’s museum with its roots in france. but this time, it’s without the renowned and familiar water lilies or the multiple views of rouen, and only one haystack, not a series.this time around the focus is on “monet: the early years,” the decade or so beginning with the first work the artist exhibited — painted when he was 17 years old.but this is no junior-grade collection showing an artist on the way to greatness. as monet explores and develops as an artist from 1858 to 1872, the years covered in this show, he is a young master. monet had not yet painted the work that gave its name to impressionism.this is a stunning, exuberant show of nearly 60 paintings, a revelation for art lovers who think they’ve already seen everyt






'mini monet' kieron williamson, 14, gives a one-minute masterclass


a 14-year-old artist nicknamed "mini monet" has sold paintings for values totalling more than £2m.here is a speeded up version of one of kieron williamson's pieces of work.






'mini monet' kieron williamson, 14, gives a one-minute masterclass


a 14-year-old artist nicknamed "mini monet" has sold paintings for values totalling more than £2m.here is a speeded up version of one of kieron williamson's pieces of work.






image style ai can convert paintings to photographs: digital photography review


apps that convert your photos into paintings, with styles ranging from monet to lichtenstein, have been all the rage recently, with prisma being one of the most popular offerings. a research team at uc berkeley has now developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can do the reverse – and much more. using 'image style transfer' their ai can convert monet's impressionist paintings into a much more realistic image that comes close to photo quality, giving you a good idea of the scene that the french painter was looking at when he put down his easel and started to paint. in addition, the system is capable of changing winter to summer in an image of a yosemite scene, turn apples into oranges and horses into zebras. of course it's also possible to transform regular photos into monets, van






fans lured to fake vallejo cafe thanks to ‘13 reasons why’


it’s every day. or close to it. they typically travel in pairs. maybe three or four. whispering, trying to peer in to see something recognizable, followed by the inevitable selfie.a hit netflix series has done that for “13 reasons why.” and, though the fictitious monet’s cafe on the 400 block of virginia street in vallejo isn’t the program’s focus, it hosts some memorable scenes.trudy thompson, far left, daughter jianna thompson, far right, and lehua alvarez take a selfie in front of monet’s cafe, site of filming this week for season two of ‘13 reasons why.’ (rich freedman —times-herald) and for the rabid fan, that’s enough. just ask lehua alvarez, 35, who said she would have travelled this far from hawaii to snap some photos of the cafe even if her friend, trudy thompson, didn’t live in v






someone finally hijacked deep learning tech to create more than nightmares


gif image: uc berkeley / gizmodoit’s been almost two years since google liquefied our brains with its deep dream neural network and the nightmare-inducing images the technology created. but now, a team from the university of california, berkeley is sort of doing the opposite—emphasis on “sort of.”advertisementthe berkeley team built a new type of deep learning software, dubbed cyclegan, that can convert impressionist paintings into photorealistic images. with a few tweaks, the tool can also turn horses into zebras, apples into oranges, and winter into summer. why would you ever want to do these kinds of tricks? who knows. at the very least, cyclegan is an interesting proof of concept. image: uc berkeleylike other deep learning techniques, the berkeley software works by drawing relationship






image of the day


this colorful work of art is a picture of jupiter's great red spot taken by nasa's juno spacecraft and edited by citizen scientist david englund, who recreated the image to look like a painting by claude monet.






opening acts victoria monét & bia react to manchester attack


victoria monét and bia, the opening acts for the european leg of ariana grande’s “dangerous woman” tour, have issued statements following multiple explosions at the manchester arena where grande had a concert monday night (may 22).read isis takes responsibility for manchester bombing as parents search for missing concertgoersmonét tweeted “i wish that “i wish i could say that i am ok, but i am not. safe? yes, but heartbroken that loved ones who came to have the night of their lives ended up losing them. they weren’t safe. i will never understand this hate! this was supposed to be their safe place! i’m so hurt and frustrated i don’t know how to handle this and i can’t smile and i feel useless, i’m sorry. lord help me find strength. i’m going to stay off social media. i just hope you know th






5 pieces of art you should see at the louvre abu dhabi


abu dhabi, united arab emirates — as the louvre abu dhabi opens its doors to the public on saturday, here are five pieces of art out of the 620 on display you should look out for that show the breadth of the new museum:— "monumental statue with two heads"this plaster statue, dating to around 6,500 b.c. and discovered in ain ghazal, jordan, is one of the oldest known in human history. it's among the earliest large-scale representations of human form. the settlement in which it was found, spread across 30 acres (12 hectares) along the zarqa river, was one of the largest known neolithic settlements in the near east.— "page of the 'blue quran'"the page, from one of the oldest-ever-found qurans, sits in a darkened room near a gothic bible, buddhist sutras and a torah from yemen. it's part of th






that time john mayer showed up at a sorority fundraiser | campus beat news for c


at their annual philanthropy event, the red dress gala, the sisters of chapman university alpha phi were surprised by two famous guests in attendance: singers john mayer and the grateful dead’s bob weir.saturday night in orange county, california, several sisters were able to snap a few pictures of mayer, gawking over his presence at their sorority’s charity event.this alpha phi sister was lucky enough to get a selfie!but it wasn’t just the women who were excited about this special guest of honor.wot in californiacation?!a post shared by austin dusek (@austindeano) on mar 5, 2017 at 11:06am psttown hall meeting with the mayera post shared by nick velasquez (@nickvelasquez7) on mar 5, 2017 at 1:21pm pstunfortunately, not everyone was able to admire mayer in his suit and bowtie.weir, a found






move ‘side to side’ with ariana grande in seattle


ariana grande will perform at keyarena on thursday, march 23.multiplatinum artist — and queen of the ponytail — ariana grande is scheduled to perform thursday, march 23, at keyarena, and she will be sure to have everyone moving from side to side.grande is promoting her third album, “dangerous woman,” which was released last may and includes the hits “dangerous woman” and “side to side.” some of grande’s biggest hits include “problem,” “the way” and “love me harder.” joining her on tour are little mix and victoria monet. 7:30 p.m., thursday, march 23, keyarena, seattle; $25.95-$244.95 (ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000).






police: 2 arrested in death of hopewell infant


hopewell, va. (ap) — hopewell police say two people have been arrested in connection with the death of a two-year-old child. the richmond times-dispatch reports that police responded to the john randolph medical center in hopewell on friday afternoon after a toddler was brought into the hospital unconscious, and suffering from injuries that eventually proved fatal.police arrested the child’s father, 26-year-old aaron watford and charged him with child endangerment, as well as gun and drug charges. police also charged 26-year-old telicia monet russell with child endangerment and a drug charge.the police and hopewell child protective services are still investigating.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






german museum presents artworks from collector’s trove


berlin (ap) — a small number of artworks from a reclusive german collector’s trove have been presented in bonn in preparation for a wider exhibition.news agency dpa reported that the german city’s bundeskunsthalle on tuesday previewed works by monet, maillol, boucher and duerer and a marble statue by rodin.switzerland’s kunstmuseum bern plans to show several other pieces from the cornelius gurlitt collection friday, and the two museums will open simultaneous exhibitions of hundreds of works in november.gurlitt died in may 2014 and designated the swiss museum heir to his approximately 1,500-piece collection.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.experts have identified dozens of works in gurlitt’s collection that were likely looted by the nazis, though they also ruled out






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journalist faces charges after arrest while covering dakota access pipeline prot


a journalist arrested in a broad sweep of a “rogue” protest p near the standing rock reservation is facing criminal charges from north dakota authorities.jenni monet, 40, on ignment for indian country today and the center for investigative reporting, has been charged with criminal tresp and “engaging in a riot” by morton county prosecutors.  she was arrested wednesday and released on bond late thursday.monet was arrested as authorities rounded up about 75 “water protectors” attempting to set up a new protest p on private land near the cannonball river.  police moved in wednesday afternoon to prevent the establishment of the “last child p,” locking down the area with highway barricades.monet said she was there to document the story. she said she scaled a hill above the river, where dozens o






journalist faces charges after arrest while covering dakota access pipeline prot


a journalist arrested in a broad sweep of a “rogue” protest p near the standing rock reservation is facing criminal charges from north dakota authorities.jenni monet, 40, on ignment for indian country today and the center for investigative reporting, has been arrested and charged with criminal tresp and “engaging in a riot” by morton county prosecutors. she was arrested wednesday and released on bond late thursday.monet was arrested as authorities rounded up about 75 “water protectors” attempting to set up a new protest p on private land near the cannonball river.  police moved in wednesday afternoon to prevent the establishment of the “last child p,” locking down the area with highway barricades.monet said she was there to document the story. she said she scaled a hill above the river, wh






no miró, no picasso: how trump’s proposal to kill nea would hurt seattle


as president trump suggests abolishing the national endowment for the arts, local theater, film and museum leaders are rallying to come up with a response.you know the artists: pablo picasso. joan miró. monet, manet and the other french impressionists.without backing from the national endowment for the arts (nea), none of those major exhibitions would have come to seattle art museum, said current sam director kimerly rorschach.but, in a move this week that has appalled u.s. arts leaders, president donald trump proposed gutting the nea and national endowment for the humanities (neh).“it was like a shock wave went through the community,” said act artistic director john langs. “the fact that we’re even having this conversation opens up the question: ‘who are we? who do we want to be as a cult






jerry perenchio: 'perhaps the most philanthropic person i’ve ever worked with,'


media mogul and philanthropist jerry perenchio, one of the richest men in los angeles, lived in a bel air mansion filled with art — paintings by claude monet, edouard manet and pablo picasso.and among those who reacted to news wednesday that perenchio had died at 86 was the los angeles county museum of art. throughout his life, perenchio was a generous donor to charities, foundations and building projects, and he had a particularly close relationship with lacma, which stands to benefit greatly from that generosity.“jerry perenchio, he was very influential in the philanthropic world, as people know, but most of his philanthropy was anonymous. i don’t know we’ll ever know the extent of it,” lacma director michael govan said. “but i can say in my own experience, he was perhaps the most philan






the 5 duets you need to see from ariana grande's manchester concert (plus one go


was it one love manchester or the grammy awards?sunday's benefit show, assembled quickly in reaction to the deadly suicide bombing at ariana grande's may 22 manchester arena concert, brought a mix of talents together in combinations that would be right at home on the annual music awards broadcast. (the times' mikael wood called the concert "a moving expression of resilience.")there were solo performances from katy perry and justin bieber, and oasis' liam gallagher took the mike with the backing of coldplay (and without brother noel). but a number of artists teamed up on duets designed to strike emotional chords with the crowd at the old trafford cricket ground in manchester, england, and those worldwide via multiple outlets.grande took it down a notch in sit-down songs with miley cyrus and






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auction houses report declining sales


the numbers from last year’s art auctions are being added up, but the picture they paint is not a clear one.on one hand, christie’s sold about $4.9 billion worth of art and collectibles in 2016, the international auction house said. that’s a decline of 16 percent from the previous year. auction sales were also down at the rival houses sotheby’s and phillips.but private transactions at christie’s increased 25 percent, to $847 million. the largest of these was the joint acquisition for $170.8 million of rembrandt’s wedding portraits of marten soolmans and oopjen coppit by the louvre museum in paris and the rijksmuseum in amsterdam.“it was a solid year. we achieved four out of the year’s five top auction prices,” said guillaume cerutti, christie’s ceo. “the market is strong on the buyer’s sid






plein air art and wine festival launches june 17


the ninth annual los gatos plein air art and wine festival returns to town next weekend, giving art enthusiasts an opportunity to purchase just-painted artwork while raising money for south bay art and science education programs.the free one-day festival is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. saturday, june 17 at the los gatos town plaza, corner of main street and santa cruz avenue.plein air is the practice of painting “in the open air” that was championed by french impressionist painters like claude monet, camille pissarro and pierre-auguste renoir.“we’ll have about 150 paintings on display and for sale,” organizer carol waitte said. “all the artists will be at the plaza, so people have an opportunity to talk to them about their work.”the 34 plein air artists are expected to complete four or five pain






ceramic collectibles made in occupied japan


i’ve just returned from two weeks touring the art and temples of japan’s inland sea. we visited osaka, okayama, takamatsu, shikoku and the incredible “art island” of naoshima, where the chichu museum displays five of claude monet’s water lily paintings under natural and changing light. how fun to return to two queries about japanese-made items!q: i’ve had this pair of ceramic shoes in my possession for over 40 years. they were given to me by my sister-in-law, who said they were her mother’s. i believe they may be ceramic. they are about 3 inches in length and 1½ inches at the highest point (the heels). they are hollow inside and some of the paint is faded or gone.the shoes will be given to our daughter, and i would like to give her some historical information and let her know if they are o






here's why colorado anschutz medical campus has a world-class art gallery


we have an astonishing collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture on display through may 23rd in our art gallery in the center for bioethics and humanities on the university of colorado anschutz medical campus in aurora. works by monet, rodin, degas, picasso and others can be seen in an extraordinarily intimate setting — for free.people often wonder why there is an art gallery on a health sciences campus. one answer is that just as the sciences require special facilities — clinics and laboratories — to support healing and discovery, artistic and ethical learning also requires distinctive spaces like theatres and galleries.still, we know that having a building at the heart of our state’s health sciences campus that is specifically designed to cultivate learning and discovery through th






ariana grande to cover funeral costs of manchester victims


after reaching florida to be reunited with her family, ariana grande has reportedly offered to cover funeral costs for the lives lost in the manchester attack.read isis takes responsibility for manchester bombing as parents search for missing concertgoersclaims surfaced tuesday (may 23) from a fan account “@arianadailyww.” the page shared that the 23-year-old had reached out to the families of victims killed monday evening (may 22), when a suicide bomber detonated a device right after the singer’s concert at the manchester arena. no other details were released, but fans have praised the singer for the presumed act.in all, 22 people and 59 were injured during the attack with one victim only 8-years-old. many attendees were teens and were with parents and friends to see the “one last time” s






clueless is, like, totally gonna be a comic book


all photos courtesy boom! studiosokay, so you’re probably going, “is this, like, another clueless tie-in or what?” but seriously, it’s actually a way normal way to continue the iconic ‘90s film. that’s right, clueless is getting a comic book sequel. no buggin’.advertisementboom studios is bringing back the girls from beverly hills for an all-new adventure, written by total betties amber benson (tara from buffy the vampire slayer) and sarah kuhn (heroine complex), and illustrated by fellow betty siobhan keenan (adventure time). according to the press release, the comic continues the journey of cher, dionne, and tai as they surf the metaphorical crimson wave of senior year at bronson alcott high school. they struggle to figure out their plans after high school, and discover what they want to






clueless is, like, totally gonna be a comic book


all photos courtesy boom! studiosokay, so you’re probably going, “is this, like, another clueless tie-in or what?” but seriously, it’s actually a way normal way to continue the iconic ‘90s film. that’s right, clueless is getting a comic book sequel. no buggin’.advertisementboom studios is bringing back the girls from beverly hills for an all-new adventure, written by total betties amber benson (tara from buffy the vampire slayer) and sarah kuhn (heroine complex), and illustrated by fellow betty siobhan keenan (adventure time). according to the press release, the comic continues the journey of cher, dionne, and tai as they surf the metaphorical crimson wave of senior year at bronson alcott high school. they struggle to figure out their plans after high school, and discover what they want to






pioneering media mogul and l.a. philanthropist jerry perenchio dies at age 86


andrew jerrold perenchio, the man behind the curtain who deftly pulled the levers of power to create cultural defining media events, propel political candidates, collect masterpiece artworks and become one of the richest men in los angeles, has died. he was 86.the enigmatic bel air billionaire, known to his friends as “jerry,” lived in a mansion that was familiar to millions of television viewers as the home of the fictional clampett clan of the 1960s television sitcom “the beverly hillbillies.” he died tuesday at his home after a five-month battle with lung cancer, according to a spokesperson for the family.perenchio in late 2014 announced that he would leave much of his collection — at least 47 works valued at more than $500 million — to the los angeles county museum of art. his holdings






media mogul jerry perenchio dies in la at 86


los angeles — jerry perenchio was a media mogul, billionaire former owner of univision and the producer behind a slew of hit shows and sporting events but his house appeared more often on tv than he did.perenchio was famously publicity-shy. the first item on his list of 20 rules for subordinates was "stay clear of the press." but his bel air mansion was seen every week as the home of the clampett family on the 1960s series "the beverly hillbillies."perenchio, 86, died tuesday of lung cancer at his home in los angeles, his wife, margaret, said wednesday."jerry perenchio had a big vision and a bigger heart — he always gave back," arnold schwarzenegger posted on twitter wednesday. "he was an example to all of us and i was proud to call him my friend."ron howard used his twitter account to cal






st. francis rallies, edges half moon bay


monet guido is only a freshman but clearly has the calmness of a player well beyond her years.the st. francis third baseman happened to be at the plate saturday, her team trailing by a run, four outs from season-ending elimination and steam coming off seemingly every pitch half moon bay’s grace garcia delivered.no problem, it turned out.guido smacked a two-strike, two-out, two-run double down the left-field line in the top of the sixth, the decisive blow in a tense 3-2 victory over half moon bay in the quarterfinals of the central coast section open division softball quarterfinals at fremont high.half moon bay had taken a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth when chloe moffitt crushed a two-run homer over the center-field fence, the blast coming one pitch after she nearly hit a home run dow






pioneering media mogul and l.a. philanthropist jerry perenchio dies at age 86


he was the architect of two of the most-hyped media events of the 1970s: the “fight of the century,” a titanic collision between two unbeaten boxing world champions, muhammad ali and joe frazier, and the “battle of the sexes” between an aging tennis player, bobby riggs, and feminist star billie jean king.andrew jerrold perenchio, known to his friends as “jerry,” had “extraordinary instincts,” said alan horn, his former underling who is now chairman of walt disney studios. “he was always ahead of everyone else.”perenchio, the man behind the curtain who deftly pulled the levers of power to create cultural defining media events, propel political candidates, collect masterpiece artworks and become one of the richest men in los angeles, died tuesday at his bel air home after a five-month strugg






pioneering media mogul and l.a. philanthropist jerry perenchio dies at age 86


he was the architect of two of the most-hyped media events of the 1970s: the “fight of the century,” a titanic collision between two unbeaten boxing world champions, muhammad ali and joe frazier, and the “battle of the sexes” between an aging tennis player, bobby riggs, and feminist star billie jean king.andrew jerrold perenchio, known to his friends as “jerry,” had “extraordinary instincts,” said alan horn, his former underling who is now chairman of walt disney studios. “he was always ahead of everyone else.”perenchio, the man behind the curtain who deftly pulled the levers of power to create cultural defining media events, propel political candidates, collect masterpiece artworks and become one of the richest men in los angeles, died tuesday at his bel air home after a five-month strugg






a top african art gallery struggles to keep its footing


johannesburg (ap) — at one of africa’s premier art galleries, thieves have stolen roof copper to sell for scrap, the telephones and security cameras don’t work and half the exhibition space is closed and awaiting repairs. yet for 21-year-old photographer tshepiso mazibuko, the chance to exhibit at the johannesburg art gallery was a highlight of her young career.“it was like a moment of triumph,” said mazibuko, who described herself as humbled to be following the path of prominent artists whose work has been displayed at the century-old gallery. titled “free from my happiness,” the 2016 exhibition by mazibuko and two other photographers born after the 1994 end of white minority rule featured images of thokoza, a hardscrabble area near johannesburg whose name means “happiness” in zulu.curren






a top african art gallery struggles to keep its footing


johannesburg — at one of africa's premier art galleries, thieves have stolen roof copper to sell for scrap, the telephones and security cameras don't work and half the exhibition space is closed and awaiting repairs. yet for 21-year-old photographer tshepiso mazibuko, the chance to exhibit at the johannesburg art gallery was a highlight of her young career."it was like a moment of triumph," said mazibuko, who described herself as humbled to be following the path of prominent artists whose work has been displayed at the century-old gallery. titled "free from my happiness," the 2016 exhibition by mazibuko and two other photographers born after the 1994 end of white minority rule featured images of thokoza, a hardscrabble area near johannesburg whose name means "happiness" in zulu.currently t






us seeks to recover more assets stolen from malaysian fund


washington — the u.s. justice department moved thursday to recover $540 million in assets it says were stolen from malaysia's troubled wealth fund.it's part of an effort to seize luxury property, art and other ill-gotten assets linked to fraud at the government-controlled fund, which is intended to promote economic development projects in the asian nation. prosecutors are seeking a $165 million yacht known as the equanimity, rights to the movie "dumb and dumber to," artwork by picasso and basquiat and millions of dollars in jewelry.the move was the latest development in a complex money laundering scheme the justice department says was intended to enrich top-level officials of the fund. last summer, prosecutors moved to recover more than $1 billion diverted from the fund to pay for properti






migrant lifejackets turned into artwork in copenhagen


copenhagen, denmark (ap) — in the sun-soaked setting of copenhagen’s nyhavn harbour, there is a striking reminder of the ongoing migrant crisis taking place on europe’s shores.chinese dissident artist ai weiwei has barricaded the windows of the kunsthal charlottenborg museum with more than 3,500 salvaged lifejackets worn by migrants and collected on the greek island of lesbos.the artwork is named “soleil levant” — french for “sunrise” and was inaugurated tuesday, which is world refugee day.“obviously ai weiwei wants to put attention to the ongoing refugee crisis in europe, or as he calls it, the human crisis,” says kunsthal charlottenborg director michael thouber.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“the beautiful thing about this piece is that every one of these lifej






mysterious orange alligator spotted in south carolina


closeskip in skipxembedxshare an orange alligator has appeared in south carolina, and the media knows exactly what to call it. matt hoffman reports. buzz60in a p o provided by stephen tatum, an orange alligator is seen near a pond in hanahan, s.c.(p o: ap)connectlinkedinemailmorehanahan, s.c. (ap) — no one seems to know why there's an orange alligator in a pond near charleston.residents joke the gator used too much self-tanning lotion. or maybe it's a fan of the clemson tigers, who are known for their orange colors.residents living near the pond in hanahan say they've seen the orange or rust-colored alligator a number of times.p os show the 4- to 5-foot-long alligator on the banks of a retention pond at the tanner plantation neighborhood.jay butfiloski with the south carolina department of