Art

Whether you play an instrument, sing or sculpt, "everyone does some kind of art," Pindar Van Arman says.

The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art has a new exhibition and the lineup of artists is stunning: Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg, just to name a few.

The art, now worth billions, was bought in the 1970s under Shah Reza Pahlavi, whose coffers were overflowing with oil revenue at the time. The shah sought to modernize and Westernize the country in general, and put his wife, Empress Farah Pahlavi, in charge of acquiring the art.

Thirty years ago, one of the most valuable paintings of the 20th century vanished. It wasn't an accident and it wasn't some elaborate movie heist. It was a simple theft — and it's still a mystery.

It was the day after Thanksgiving in 1985. Staff at the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson were getting to work, just like any other day.

"It was almost 9 o'clock so the museum was gearing up to open the doors," says museum curator Olivia Miller. "The security guards opened the doors for one of the staff members, and two people followed behind."

Destiny Mata

Lots of things on tap in San Antonio over the weekend, rain or no rain.  Here are a few that are all indoors. One is Friday night at the Majestic Theater downtown.

"The music of Queen is just such a great, great show to put with orchestra.”

Conductor Brent Havens is talking about the San Antonio Symphony doing Queen hits with a rock-n-roll band. He emphasizes that the concert won't be just a band backed by an orchestra. 

“This isn’t your regular orchestra concert; it’s a rock-n-roll concert.”

See Rothko's Roots in a New Houston Retrospective

Oct 1, 2015

From Texas StandardIf you want to understand American art, there are a handful of names you have to know. Nearly everyone would agree that one of them is Mark Rothko.


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