visual arts

Global Politics

British Cartoonist Steve Bell Draws American Presidents

Cartoonist Steve Bell has been skewering British politicians since his career took off in the late 1970s. Because his obsession is politics, a good number of American presidents have come in for in his particular brand of satire. Steve Bell's leftist politics inform how he characterizes US presidents. George W. Bush was easy. Barack Obama: not so much.

Conflict & Justice

Lehman Brothers' art

The global recession hit the art market especially hard. And now, the company that helped spark the financial crisis is selling off its art. The BBC's Lawrence Pollard reports from London.

Arts, Culture & Media

Shoot an Iraqi?

An Iraqi artist in Chicago made himself the human target for a live Internet shooting gallery. People around the globe took aim and fired real paintballs at him, 24 hours a day, for a month. Artist Wafaa Bilal tells Marco Werman why he did it.

Global Politics

China's lost art

China will send a team of experts around the world to catalog cultural relics it claims were looted from Beijing's Old Summer Palace. The World's Alex Gallafent looks at an episode many Chinese regard as one of the most humiliating in their history.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

For today's Geoquiz we're looking for a walled city in Italy, deemed a World Heritage Site for its Renaissance culture. The World's Alex Collins tells us how scientists have helped art historians discover more of the story behind works of art.

Global Politics

Takashi Murakami in Versailles

The palace in Versailles is among the most visited sites in France. Starting Tuesday people can see an exhibit of Japanese contemporary art that has some French traditionalists up in arms. Genevieve 0ger reports from Versailles.

Global Politics

Picasso treasure trove'

A retired electrician in southern France who worked for Pablo Picasso says he has hundreds of previously unknown works by the artist. The treasure trove of 271 pieces is said to be worth about $ 80 million. Anita Elash reports.