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Here Come The Penitent Penguins: The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Are Back

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:44:00 -0500

Penitent penguins. A seal aghast. A turbocharged wigeon, a vain gnu and a kickboxing kangaroo. We have the photos.

'I Came, I Saw, I Selfied': How Instagram Transformed The Way We Experience Art

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:07:00 -0500

Immersive exhibits, such as "Infinity Mirrors" and Artechouse, are driving people to museums in search of the perfect snapshot. The craze is changing the way we experience art in the Instagram-era.

At Design Miami, The Future Isn't So Bright

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:33:00 -0500

The Florida fair is an alternative to the expensive contemporary art market: collectible design, which includes everyday items that speak to a shift away from seeing the future as bright and polished.

Newly Discovered Andy Warhol Art Up For Auction

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:43:55 -0500

A Massachusetts auction house is selling newly discovered Andy Warhol works. They are remnants of the artist's relationship with his last boyfriend found in his mother's attic.

Painting Stolen By The Nazis Is Returned To Poland

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:11:00 -0500

The FBI got a tip from the Polish government and recovered the painting in a town near Philadelphia. Representatives from the U.S. and Polish governments unveiled it in Warsaw.

Their Doodles Entertain, But Google Hopes They Spark Important Conversations, Too

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:00:45 -0500

Google doodles have been surprising and oftentimes delighting users for almost 20 years, but the tech giant wants them to do more than just make us smile. Google hopes they help teach us, too.

When Making Books Was As Much Of An Art As Writing Them

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:56:40 -0500

The Larkspur Press in Kentucky is two years behind schedule, with no plans to catch up. Printer Gray Zeitz sets each letter of the book by hand and then prints on a press from the early 1900s.

Current And Former Guantanamo Bay Detainees Create 'Ode To The Sea' Art Exhibit

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Artwork by current and former detainees of Guantanamo Bay is on display at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. But what does the art represent and why did the college choose to display it?

A New Documentary Calls Into Question The Simpson's 'Apu'

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:00:03 -0500

Comedian Hari Kondabolu's new documentary, The Problem with Apu, unearths an essential truth about Hollywood: "Success justifies everything." Even racism.

Azzedine Alaia, French Fashion Designer Known As The 'King Of Cling,' Dies

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:05:00 -0500

The Tunisian-born designer was known for his body-hugging designs that were sculpted to celebrate the female form. In the 1980s, stars such as Madonna and Naomi Campbell popularized his fashions.

Backflipping Robot Is A Giant Leap For Robot Kind

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:39:00 -0500

As it jumps, twists and lands a full backflip, Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot takes another step toward full functionality in a world designed for humans.

Sale Of $450 Million Da Vinci Painting Serves As A Triumph Of Marketing

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:51:00 -0500

An art world record was set Wednesday night at Christie's auction house in New York, when a painting credited to Leonardo Da Vinci sold for $450 million to an unknown bidder. Art critic Blake Gopnik says that number is in some ways the least interesting part of this story.

Leonardo Da Vinci Portrait Of Christ Sells For Record-Shattering $450 Million

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:17:00 -0500

The sale at Christie's of Salvator Mundi, which dates from around 1500, easily tops previous records set in 2015 for a Picasso sold at auction and a Willem de Kooning sold privately.

80-Year-Old Mystery Cracked As Final Missing Piece Of Magritte Painting Found

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:28:57 -0500

The fourth and final portion of a painting cut up in 1932 was revealed in Belgium underneath another work by the surrealist artist.

New Exhibit Shows Off Special Effects Pioneer Ray Harryhausen's Lasting Works

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:51:44 -0500

A new exhibition in Oklahoma City presents the work of pioneering stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. In an age of CGI and 3-D animation, his work still influences and delights.