Art News: Thieves Steal Invader Art, ‘Loving Vincent’ Images, Childhood Art from Masters

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The art world is full of fascinating exhibitions, intriguing discoveries, and moments that shape history. Here are some of the latest news items making art headlines.


Thieves Target ‘Space Invaders’ Mosaics in Paris

Street art by Invader in Paris (Photo by Nelson Minar)

Art thieves posing as city workers have removed around 15 installations of mosaic artworks by French artist Invader.

According to the BBC, officials in Paris were alerted to the thefts after people complained about the removal of the artwork. After examining photos of the perpetrators, local authorities confirmed the thieves were not with the city and are filing a complaint for “abuse of functions.”

The artwork of Invader, whose real name is not known, is part of his “Space Invaders” street art project. The street art is technically illegal, but has come to be admired by many. Invader’s artwork is characterized by pixilated imagery made from small ceramic tiles.


New Images of Van Gogh Movie ‘Loving Vincent’

The mystery surrounding the death of painter Vincent van Gogh is explored in “Loving Vincent,” the first fully painted feature film.

Each of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil painting on canvas using the same techniques as Van Gogh. Empire is providing an exclusive glimpse of some of those paintings.

The film’s live-action cast includes Chris O’Dowd as Roulin, Van Gogh’s postman friend, Douglas Booth as Roulin’s son, Armand, and Robert Gulaczyk as the artist himself. The short film re-imagines the aftermath of Van Gogh’s death based on clues in an unread letter.

The trailer can be viewed on the movie’s website.


View the Childhood Art of Famous Artists

Pablo Picasso Picador

“The Picador” (1890), Pablo Picasso (Public domain. Image courtesy of WikiArt)

The world has recognized the talents of great artists such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, but what did their art look like in their youth?

Artsy set out to answer the question, and uncovered early works created by seven of art history’s greatest figures in their younger days. Many of the artists featured in the article, including Michelangelo, started creating art at a young age. In examining their early works, it is clear the artists were talented from the beginning.

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