An antidote to coronavirus blues? A Picasso on your wall


LE PECQ, France (AP) — How’s this as an antidote for coronavirus blues: A genuine painting by Pablo Picasso on your wall.

After an eight-week delay caused by France’s COVID-19 lockdown, the Christie’s auction house in Paris is hosting a raffle draw Wednesday for “Nature Morte,” an oil on canvas that Picasso painted in 1921.

Proceeds will help provide villagers in Cameroon, Madagascar and Morocco with water — a basic need more essential than ever now for people to wash and protect themselves against the global pandemic.

Raffle organizers say they have already raised 5 million euros ($5.4 million) by selling 50,000 tickets online for 100 euros ($109) each. Their hoped-for sales target was 200,000 tickets, but the coronavirus crisis complicated the task.

Buyers have so far come from more than 100 countries, with the bulk sold in France, the United States, Switzerland and Italy. The winner of a similar

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A Treasure Trove That Tells a Story


NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ne of the most inspiring, instructive, and beautiful exhibitions in the country now is The Glory of Spain: Treasures of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, which I saw at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts before the conceited axis of big government, airhead media, and lemming academics quarantined the world to fight a virus that, if and until there’s a vaccine, isn’t going away. It took the Spanish Empire centuries to dissipate vast wealth we wasted willy-nilly in a few weeks. In times like these, great art from the past gives perspective and teaches resilience.

It’s a traveling show of highlights from the Hispanic Society in upper Manhattan, one of the greatest but least-known museums in the country. The Society owns and displays the best collection of Spanish art outside Spain in a distinguished building that’s part Beaux-Arts, part Moorish revival, part plateresque, and thoroughly

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The trending nail art designs you can create at home


The lockdown means more time at home, and you may find yourself with more time on your hands, looking at bare nails and wanting a change.

While salon appointments are temporarily on hold, there is nothing stopping you from giving yourself a manicure and staying on trend with the styles popular for spring/summer 2020.

Colourful French manicures were seen at SS20 Zimmerman and SS20 Oscar de la Renta shows, while gemstones and pearls were on the agenda at Simone Rocha and Rouland Mouret and pops of colour were celebrated at Paul Costelloe.

If you’re looking for plain polishes, IndyBest have picked out the best vegan ones and reviewed Shellac nail kits for glossy, long-lasting finishes to master while at home.

However, if you want to up your nail game and try out some of the biggest trends this season, such as animal print, marbled designs and more, then keep reading,

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Movie props have ‘undeniable charm.’ A new Disney+ series spotlights the fading art

A scene from "The Nightmare Before Christmas" episode of "Prop Culture." <span class="copyright">(Mitch Haaseth / Disney+)</span>
A scene from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” episode of “Prop Culture.” (Mitch Haaseth / Disney+)

In Disney’s 1989 classic “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” two pairs of siblings learn that the backyard is a dangerous place when you’ve accidentally been zapped by a shrink ray.

The four miniaturized kids ride insects, climb flowers, sleep in Lego bricks and splash around in a bowl of cereal on the journey to reach their parents. It’s a magical adventure, made possible by special effects, that has captivated many over the years.

“It’s sort of a universal kids fantasy,” director Joe Johnston told The Times during a recent phone call. “Here’s your backyard that you know like the back of your hand, and yet when you’re a quarter-inch tall, it’s a completely alien environment. I think that was one of the things that was appealing to the kids.”

“Honey, I Shrunk the

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