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Monday, June 18, 2018

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In an effort to heal their neighborhood, residents of the 10th Arrondissement invited street and graffiti artists to paint on a blocklong wall near two cafes that were attacked. Below are some of the artworks and the stories behind them."I was really afraid, and I felt all alone," Diana Kami, an artist who lives in the 10th Arrondissement with her daughter, said of the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead, many in her neighborhood. The next Monday, after dropping her daughter at school, she was overwhelmed by a desire to make art. Almost instinctively, she said, she began to paint on a wall along rue Alibert that is often used as a canvas for local street artists – and is just steps from Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon, two cafes targeted in the attacks.

 

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This wonder of the ancient World was located in the Greek Island of Rhodes. It was a giant statue of bronze, constructed in the III century BC as the representation of the god Helios.

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Young professionals from Greece, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom have been inspired to take up the ambitious "Colossus of Rhodes Project," aiming to revive one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Their primary objective, according to their statement, is to "put back on the map the island of Rhodes beginning with the restoration of its historical value," while they also wish "to bring out to light the hundreds of archaeological findings forgotten in the storerooms of the island."

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All artists use tools, but Bosnian sculptor Jasenko Đorđević turns tools into art. Born in Tulza, Bosnia, Đorđević uses an X-acto knife and tiny chisel to carve detailed pencil-tip sculptures. The result resembles something made from stone or charred wood. Đorđević was first inspired to carve pencils after seeing the work of Dalton Ghetti.

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Graphite or "black lead" is Đorđević's material of choice, "since it is hard and fragile at the same time. One has to be very careful when working with black lead, as the smallest lack of attention can lead to its cracking."

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Patients Abound at Argentina's

Hospital for Broken Statues

Call it a clinic to restore marred beauty: arms, noses, hands and other appendages missing from sculptures due to vandalism or old age are replaced in a unique Argentine workshop. Patiently waiting their turn, some 100 artworks from parks, gardens and other public spaces are scattered over the grounds of the outdoor facility in Buenos Aires.

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A masterpiece by El Greco has been returned to the rightful owners by The Commission for Looted Art in Europe, and Art Recovery International, representing the art gallery which acquired the looted painting in 2010. The announcement of the restitution of 'Portrait of a Gentleman' to the heirs to the collection of Julius Priester, a notable Viennese industrialist who fled Vienna in March 1938 was made 77 years later in March, 2015.

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In 1944 'Portrait of a Gentleman' was seized by the Gestapo in Vienna, as was the entire Julius Priester collection, as part of the large-scale expropriation and persecution of the Jewish people by the Nazis in Vienna after the Anschluss with Germany in 1938.