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University ends community classes with nude models

University of Oregon ends free sessions for community artists to sketch nude models
The Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon has ended free art sessions for community artists to sketch nude models, saying it could not afford the increasing cost of keeping the popular classes secure.

During the past two and a half weeks, the art school saw a marked increase in phone calls and emails inquiring about the sessions, Rocco Luiere, the school's associate dean for finance, told The Associated Press.

Some of the callers were asking "off-colour" questions, some dealing with the appearance of the models, he said.

Alcatraz exhibit is tribute to political prisoners

Alcatraz exhibit by Chinese dissident under house arrest pays tribute to political prisoners
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - An exhibition by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has transformed the former island prison of Alcatraz into a tribute to the world's political prisoners, some famous and some forgotten.

Called "@ large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz," the installation opens Saturday at the former maximum-security prison in the San Francisco Bay.

Paris shows evoke Audrey Hepburn, Pre-Raphaelites

Audrey Hepburn and Pre-Raphaelites evoked in Paris Fashion Week's ever-creative hotchpotch
Thomas Adamson, The Associated Press

PARIS - What does Audrey Hepburn have in common with the Pre-Raphaelites?

The answer: they are all part of the myriad of inspirations found on the first full day of Paris' ready-to-wear shows and fashion's ever-creative hotchpotch.

Here are the highlights and show reports from Wednesday's spring-summer 2015 collections.

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Rare Warhol paintings headed to NYC auction

Warhols of Elvis and Marlon Brando headed to NYC auction, could fetch combined total of $130M
Ula Ilnytzky, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Elvis Presley. Marlon Brando. Andy Warhol. The A-list trifecta of music, film and art is going on the auction block at Christie's in November.

"Triple Elvis (Ferus Type)" and "Four Marlons" rate among Warhol's most famous portraits. The monumental paintings, each nearly 7 feet (2.1 metres) high, have never appeared at auction before and could bring a combined total of $130 million when they go up for bid on Nov. 12.

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