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An artists impression released by the the European Southern Observatory shows an imagined view from close to one of the three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star just 40 light-years from Earth that were discovered using the TRAPPIST (“Transiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope”) telescope at ESOs La Silla Observatory in Chile
A pedestrian pass by graffiti in honour to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks made by Kazakhstani artist called ‘ChemiS’ in Prague, Czech Republic on Wednesday
An artist takes a break to smoke as he prepares idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses for the upcoming Durga Puja festival in New Delhi, India, India on Wednesday
An Indian artist works on eco-friendly figures of Hindu God Lord Ganesh made with mud, jute and bamboo at a blue tarp-covered workshop on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Tuesday. The statues of eco-friendly clay Ganesh idols made with mud, jute and bamboo will reduce pollution during the Ganesh immersion
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Alain Le Yaouanc, a 74-year-old French artist, sits on a sofa in the courtyard of his building after he was evicted from his apartment and studio on Friday in Paris
An artist paints on a wall during a graffiti campaign on social and political conflicts in Sana’a, Yemen. The campaign highlights concerns experienced by Yemenis, including civil wars, terrorism, child recruitment, sectarian wars, poverty, US drone war, corruption, proliferation of weapons and kidnapping.
A woman sketches in front of a closed restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.
Giant portraits by French street artist and photographer JR are pictured during the presentation of his creation at the Pantheon in Paris on Tuesday
British artist and 1987 Turner Prize winner Richard Deacon poses with his sculpture ‘Out of Order 2003′ at Tate Britain gallery in London during the launch of an exhibition of his work
South African artist Steven Cohen poses at the exhibition “My Joburg – Art Scene Johannesburg” in the Kunsthalle in the Lipsiusbau in Dresden, Germany. The exhibition by the Dresden State Art Collections runs from Saturday until January 5, 2014.
An artisan in India works on an unfinished clay idol of the Hindu Goddess Durga at a workshop in Bangalore. It is in preparation for the forthcoming Dussehra festival. Dussehra, derived from the Sanskrit Dasha-hara, meaning “remover of bad fate”, is among the most important celebrations in the Hindus religious calendar
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An Indian artist prepares idols of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh at a workshop in Hyderabad, India, ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The celebration, which begins on September 9, marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha, who is widely worshipped by Hindus as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.
A painting of toucans features on the facade of the Wohngenossenschaft Soldaritaet co-op apartment buildings in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday as part of a 22,000 sq m mural. A group of artists working for French-based Citecreation painted the walls of the three buildings in imagery inspired by a nearby zoo and in co-operation with the buildings’ residents. Citecreation has applied to the Guiness Book of World Records that the mural, which will be officially inaugurated on August 22, be considered as the largest in the world on an inhabited building
Belgian artist Beatrice Van Landeghem attaches hair to the head of one of her Reborn Baby dolls at her workshop, which she calls La nurserie des Tis Lous De Bea, in La Louvière, southern Belgium. Reborn Babies are life-like baby dolls that have become popular mainly with collectors, but also with grieving parents and nostalgic grandparents. The dolls are created from a kit composed of limbs and head made from vinyl and a trunk made from fabric. They are given several coats of paint to create the skin tone of newborn babies and natural-looking hair and eyelashes. They are also weighted to make them feel as heavy as human babies when carried. The price ranges from hundreds to thousands of euros and the babies take about 25 hours to assemble, depending on the level of precision requested by people who “adopt” the dolls.
Visitors look at a scaled replica of a rubber duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman as employees try to pull it upright on a lake at a park in Shenyang, Liaoning province. The replica – 13 metres tall and 15 metres long – was set up on Sunday for the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival, local media reported.
Indian Artist Anish Kapoor stands inside his sculpture ’1st Body’ in his exhibition ‘Kapoor In Berlin’ at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin, Friday. The exhibition will run from May 18, until Nov. 24, 2013.
Point of discussion: staff chat in front of the latest sculpture installation from Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist. His “Baby Formula” forms a map of China with cans of milk powder at an exhibition in Hong Kong. Mr Ai’s work was inspired by the scandal over melamine-tainted milk powder in China in 2008, which was reported to have affected nearly 300,000 children and caused six babies to die from kidney problems
Yang Chuanye, a farmer, paints a charcoal portrait of Xi Jinping, president of China, in Jishan County, Shanxi province. Mr Yang, 62, has been practicing charcoal painting since the age of 20. Mr Yang specialises in painting portraits of former and present Chinese leaders
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David Shrigley’s photo ‘I’m Dead’ 2010 has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2013. The prize is being presented at a ceremony outside England for the first time this year, in Londonderry in December, and £25,000 goes to the winner. The Turner Prize was established in 1984 and is awarded to a British or British-based artist under 50 for outstanding work in the previous year.