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NPR explores the visual arts including design, photography, sculpture, and architecture. Interviews, commentary, and audio. Subscribe to the RSS feed.

Last Build Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:04:00 -0500

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'He's Not A Leading Man': A Casting Director On Rembrandt's Self-Portraits

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:04:00 -0500

The Dutch artist painted scores of self-portraits, but they weren't exactly flattering. Casting director Margery Simkin thinks he could have played the manager of a baseball team.

Is Fashion Designer Ralph Lauren Out Of Touch With America?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:18:00 -0500

Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan pulled no punches nor spared no adjectives in describing Ralph Lauren's spring collection. She thinks the celebrated American designer is out of touch with what's been going on in American culture.

How D'Wayne Edwards Became A Sneaker Legend

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:18:00 -0500

D'Wayne Edwards created the Pensole Footwear Design Academy to try and diversify the sneaker business. Edwards was one of the first black designers in the business and created the academy, in part, because of how difficult it was for him to get started.

'Black Panther' Costume Designer Draws On 'The Sacred Geometry Of Africa'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:21:00 -0500

Ruth Carter is the costume designer for the Marvel's Black Panther movie. She talks about how she grounded the movie's futuristic look in the history and traditions of tribes from all over Africa.

France Returns Works Orphaned By Nazi Looting, Seeking Owners Or Heirs

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:33:00 -0500

Tens of thousands of artworks were recovered after World War II, and many are still in French possession. Now, the Louvre is stepping up efforts to return them to the heirs of their rightful owners.

Finland Takes Olympic Chill To The Next Level: Team Knitting

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:05:48 -0500

During the weekend's slopestyle competition, Finnish snowboarding coach Antti Koskinen was casually knitting at the top of the course.

Chicago's Iconic John Hancock Center To Lose Its Name

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:19:00 -0500

One thing is clear: Whichever company buys the building's naming rights, getting Chicagoans to change what they call it is another matter.

Behind The Obama Portraits: Artists Put Their Own Spin On A Presidential Tradition

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:02:00 -0500

Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald both typically paint vivid canvases of ordinary black subjects. "What we're positing here is a new vision of the possible," Wiley says, "one which is inclusive."

Artist Amy Sherald Discusses Portrait Of Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:20:00 -0500

New portraits of former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama were unveiled Monday. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with the artist who painted the former first lady's portrait.

'Hello, Universe' Wins Newbery Medal, While Caldecott Goes To 'Wolf In The Snow'

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:38:00 -0500

The annual honors in children's literature have been awarded: Erin Entrada Kelly won the Newbery for her contribution to children's literature, and Matthew Cordell won the Caldecott for illustration.

Paintings Of Barack And Michelle Obama Unveiled At Portrait Gallery

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:23:00 -0500

The former president and first lady chose African American artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald — to paint them for the museum's collection.

Can A Patient Gown Makeover Move Hospitals To Embrace Change?

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:39:20 -0500

A Maryland hospital chain is testing new gowns that offer more coverage for patients' backsides. It's not the first time designers have tried to change the despised garment, without much success.

Do You Know This Justice? Massachusetts High Court Wants You To Help ID Him

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:05:36 -0500

There's a portrait of a mystery man hanging in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He may have been a judge between 1780 and 1820. Maybe. Officials are appealing to the public for any insights.

Embracing Winter's Chill Through Snow Artistry

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:56:00 -0500

Simon Beck's large-scale snow images — like the one made earlier this month in Minneapolis — bring extra beauty to this cold winter season, says commentator Barbara J. King.

In True Meta Fashion, These Are Shoes For Your Shoes

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 01:49:00 -0500

These shoes for shoes latch onto your first pair via Velcro straps. The brand's publicist says they are practical, not just fashion for fashion's sake.