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Google App Goes Viral Making An Art Out Of Matching Faces To Paintings

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:46:36 -0500

The Google Arts & Culture app, allowing users to compare their selfies to famous works of art, took a top spot in the app store over the weekend and took over social media.

Oregon Artist Turns Dead Creatures Into Beautiful Compositions

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:01:20 -0500

Christopher Marley only uses specimens that have died from natural causes or been caught as fishing bycatch. Then he freeze-dries them, which is why they seem so alive in his artwork.

Russia's Underground Art Finds A Home In The U.S.

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:51:15 -0500

For 50 years, an American economics professor collected dissident art from the Soviet Union. The abstract art pieces, considered nonconformist by the Soviets, have been donated to Rutgers University.

CIA Calendar Art Offers A Glimpse Into The World Of Spies

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:41:04 -0500

Oil paintings on display at CIA headquarters — and therefore invisible to the public — can now be seen in a collection of wall calendars. They depict declassified missions from the agency's past.

Exhibit Featuring 20 Red Punching Bags Opens At LA Art Show

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:01:00 -0500

The punching bags hang in the gallery as apart of an interactive exhibit. Each bag bears the face of a controversial world leader. People are encouraged to punch the bags to release negative emotions.

This New York Gallery Has An Unusual Age Limit: No Artists Younger Than 60

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 04:56:00 -0500

Galleries and museums often cool to artists as they get older. Those artists keep working, but they aren't shown or bought. The Carter Burden Gallery aims to change that.

How An Art Museum Is Reaching A More Diverse Audience

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 06:14:01 -0500

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has undertaken several efforts to increase the proportion of nonwhite visitors. Director Rand Suffolk tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro how they did it.

Christopher Marley's Dead Things

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 08:21:20 -0500

Christopher Marley sees beauty in dead things: snakes, octopuses, bugs. Other people do too — his work sells in high-end shops and has been shown in art and natural history museums.

The Met Is Set To Snap Nearly 5 Decades Of Pay-As-You-Wish Tradition

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:44:38 -0500

Since 1970, New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art has not mandated an admission fee. Come March, that will change for out-of-state visitors — but critics haven't accepted the decision quietly.

In Lebanon, Mile-Long Artwork Is A Sign Of Peace

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:39:00 -0500

Lebanese twins Omar and Mohamed Kabbani painted "salam" — the Arabic word for peace — in bright green across 82 rooftops in the northern city of Tripoli. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Omar about the ambitious art project that can only be seen from the sky.

MacArthur 'Genius' Paints Nigerian Childhood Alongside Her American Present

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:54:00 -0500

Njideka Akunyili Crosby was born in Nigeria and moved to the U.S. when she was 16. Her large-scale paintings reflect her life in both countries.

Superfly Photos From A Late, Great Master

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0500

A Paris museum is showing the first major posthumous exhibit of work by the great photographer from Mali, Malick Sidibe.

Deadline Approaches For $10 Million Reward On Leads To Gardner Museum Paintings

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:49:00 -0500

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Stephen Kurkjian, former investigative reporter for The Boston Globe, and author of the book Master Thieves, about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist in 1990. The museum still hopes to get the artwork back and set a deadline on New Year's Eve for a $10 million reward on leads for the 13 missing paintings, that include works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Degas.

In U.N. Art Exhibition, Syrian Artist Unpacks Refugees' Baggage

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 05:05:00 -0500

An art exhibition at the United Nations uses tiny models of refugees' former homes and the suitcases of refugees to tell their stories.

Illustrator Maira Kalman Moving To The Stage With Choreographer John Heginbotham

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 16:36:59 -0500

Kalman is collaborating on a stage work with choreographer John Heginbotham. The piece is based on The Principles of Uncertainty, and is all about living while knowing you're going to die.