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Google honours victim of school shooting by featuring her drawing


Google is honouring a victim of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, by featuring a drawing by her on a dedicated memorial page. In March, Alithia Haven Ramirez submitted a drawing as part of the Doodle for Google contest, which allows children to compete to have their work displayed on the search engine’s homepage. The work that the 10-year-old sent in features a girl and her pet sitting on a sofa, with the word “Google” spelled out on the wall behind them. “I want the world to see my art and show the world what I can do, I want people to be happy when they see my passion in art,” Ramirez, who wanted to be an artist, wrote in her submission. In May, a gunman opened fire in Robb Elementary School, killing Ramirez and 18 other children, along with two adults. Read more on ARTnews. 

Rare exhibition of Indian Masters on display in Chennai


One can explore an intriguing collection of Indian contemporary art, including rare early works by luminaries of the Madras Art Movement and the Bengal School, from the personal collection of the late entrepreneur Pradipto Mohapatra at an exhibition at Focus Gallery in Alwarpet from July 22 to 24. The exhibition, carefully curated by Mohapatra’s daughter Sanghamitra Mohapatra, is open to all. On display are works such as KCS Paniker’s rare paper sketches, RB Bhaskaran’s cats, KH Ara’s breathtaking large-format work  ‘Nude’ and Laxma Goud’s etchings on metal plates. Also showcased are paintings by MF Hussain, Ajay De, and Suhas Roy. The exhibition features a rare collection representing the Bengal, Madras, and Bombay Schools of Art. Read more on The Hindu. 

Ibiza authorities seize a Picasso sketch worth more than $460,000


Authorities in Ibiza seized a Picasso sketch worth more than $460,000, after a traveller failed to declare it to airport customs, according to a joint statement released by Spain\’s Tax Agency and Civil Guard. The unnamed passenger, who arrived on the Spanish island on a flight from Switzerland, initially attempted to pass the drawing off as a copy of little monetary value. But a gallery invoice discovered in his luggage appeared to identify the work as an original. The alleged smuggling attempt took place in early July, though officials only released details of the incident on Monday after a preliminary analysis suggested that the signed sketch was a genuine Picasso work. Read more on CNN.