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'They Love Freedom': Ai Weiwei On His Lego Portraits Of Fellow Activists

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:41:00 -0400

The Chinese artist created Trace while under house arrest, and he wasn't allowed to travel to their San Francisco debut. Now, he has his passport back, and was finally able to see it on display.

With Chemistry And Care, Conservators Keep Masterpieces Looking Their Best

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:33:00 -0400

Armed with cotton swabs, strong solvents and a lot of training, conservators are entrusted with restoring priceless works of art. At the National Gallery of Art we learn that varnish is enemy No. 1.

Carla Fendi, Former President Of Luxury Fashion Brand, Dies

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 01:11:00 -0400

Fendi helped propel the label to international fame. She was 79.

Home Is Where The Art Is: The Unlikely Story Of Folk Artist Maud Lewis

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:32:00 -0400

Lewis sold paintings to passing tourists for $2. Now, they go for as much as $20,000 and her entire house is on view in a museum. Maudie tells the true story of the untrained artist from Nova Scotia.

Gallery Gives Movie Star Marlene Dietrich The Big-Picture Treatment

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A photography exhibition in Washington, D.C., shows the journey from Berlin schoolgirl to glamorous actress.

WATCH: What Makes Japan No. 1 In Toilet Technology

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:05:00 -0400

In NPR's Elise Tries series, correspondent Elise Hu tries out new experiences in East Asia. In this episode, Japanese toilets: so automated and comfortable, you might never want to leave the bathroom.

PHOTOS: 'Chicano Eats' Food Blog Dishes Up Bicultural Flavors

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:23:00 -0400

On his bilingual food blog, Esteban Castillo shares traditional and fusion Mexican recipes. The blog has a stunning, minimalist aesthetic meant to challenge the way people see Mexican food.

This Art Group Installs Pick-Your-Own-Fruit Parks Around Los Angeles

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Since 2004, the group Fallen Fruit has been planting fruit trees around the city and across the U.S. Once mature, the trees produce hundreds of pounds of produce a year — all free to the public.

William Krisel, Architect Who Helped Define California Modernism, Dies At 92

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:06:00 -0400

Krisel is particularly known for the scores of tract homes he designed in Palm Springs, which featured open floor plans, "butterfly" roofs and enough variation so they didn't look cookie-cutter.

Polar Photographer Shares His View Of A Ferocious But Fragile Ecosystem

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:59:00 -0400

Paul Nicklen has spent decades documenting the Arctic and the Antarctic. "I want people to realize that ice is like the soil in the garden," he says. "Without ice the polar regions cannot exist."

The Big Picture: How Food Photos Have Told Our Story Over The Decades

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:00:00 -0400

The new book Feast for the Eyes is a collection of images that portray the many ways we relate to food: as advertisements, art and even political statements.

Our Last Year Together: What My Camera Captured As My Parents Died Of Cancer

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 05:00:06 -0400

Photographer Nancy Borowick captured her parents' deep love and joy in life, even as they endured treatment in their 50s for the cancers they knew would soon kill them.

Enormous Rubber Duck In Canada Is Counterfeit, Artist Alleges

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 13:10:00 -0400

A Dutch artist says Ontario should be using his giant duck instead of a similar Johnny-come-lately giant duck. But the skirmish raises bigger questions about copycats and public art.

After Outcry, Sculpture Depicting Dakota Tragedy To Be Dismantled, Burned

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:44:00 -0400

Sam Durant's sculpture Scaffold is a commentary on capital punishment in the U.S. But it depicted the mass hanging of 38 members of the Dakota Nation and the community was outraged.

Meet Frédéric Bazille, The Impressionist Painter Who Could Have Been

Wed, 31 May 2017 05:03:00 -0400

Bazille was part of a circle of artists eager to make a mark on the 1860s art scene. He helped lay the groundwork for the impressionist movement, but died in battle before it was fully formed.