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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: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:02:00 -0500

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Sotheby's Contends Painting That Sold For $842,500 Is A Fake

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:02:00 -0500

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the auction house argued that a painting titled St. Jerome was actually created in the 20th century, and not by the 16th century Italian artist known as Parmigianino.

622 Pieces — That's How Many Legos It Takes To Build An NPR Headquarters Model

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:05:18 -0500

Tyler Williams is on a quest to get the Lego company to make a new kind of lego set...a replica of NPR Headquarters.

For Italy's Art Police, An Ongoing Fight Against Pillage Of Priceless Works

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:37:00 -0500

Italy is an art theft playground. An elite police squad combats the illicit trade in antiquities and art, but the chase is still on for a stolen Caravaggio painting — No. 1 on the most-wanted list.

George Lucas Chooses Los Angeles As Home For His Art Museum

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:52:00 -0500

The filmmaker's collection, which ranges from Norman Rockwell paintings to Hollywood props, is headed for a site near his alma mater, the University of Southern California.

Clothes Don't Make A First Lady, But They Can Make A Statement

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:33:00 -0500

Michelle Obama is known for wearing affordable clothing, while Melania Trump is often seen in luxury brands. One critic describes Trump's look as polished and glamorous, but not very personal.

Getty Foundation Project Weaves U.S. Latino Art With Latin American Art

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:02:00 -0500

The artistic ties between Los Angeles and Latin America will be featured in more than 60 museums and arts centers throughout Southern California. It opens in September and spans history and geography.

Blind Art Lovers Make The Most Of Museum Visits With 'InSight' Tours

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 04:58:00 -0500

"Sight isn't the only pathway to understand art," says Carol Wilson of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. There, specially trained docents lead tours using sound, description — and even touch.

San Francisco's 'Leaning Tower' Has Residents Fuming

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:07:00 -0500

A luxury high-rise in San Francisco is sinking. The Millennium Tower has sunk more than a foot since its completion in 2010. It's also tilting, which makes life difficult for residents on high floors.

'Bambi' Artist Tyrus Wong Dies At 106

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

The Hollywood artist and calligrapher who designed Disney's Bambi has died at age 106.

From 'No Way,' To Global Success: The Inspired Journey Of GM's Design Chief

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:32:00 -0500

A lover of cars since he was a little tyke who later trained as a sculptor, Ed Welburn has shaped the physical world we live in as the longtime head of design for General Motors.

Carrie Fisher, Actress Beloved For Playing Princess Leia, Dies At 60

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 13:13:00 -0500

She suffered a massive heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles last week. A spokeswoman for Fisher's daughter said the actress died Tuesday morning.

Mini Time Capsules: Photographer Wants Your Undeveloped Film For New Project

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 08:47:58 -0500

The "Lost Rolls America" program encourages Americans to submit a forgotten roll of film to be developed. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with photographer and program creator Ron Haviv.

New York Gallery Owner Arrested, Accused Of Trafficking Stolen Antiquities

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:40:00 -0500

Nancy Wiener was arrested for allegedly possessing and selling stolen artifacts through her New York City gallery. The court complaint describes an elaborate conspiracy carried out around the world.

These Elaborate Gingerbread Creations Prove That Baking Is An Art

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500

At this national contest in North Carolina, these intricate and gravity-defying works of edible ingenuity might just make Hansel and Gretel think that warring with a witch was worth it.

See Red In A New Light: Imperial China Meets Mark Rothko In D.C. Exhibition

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 04:54:00 -0500

The Smithsonian show finds links between a 15th-century Ming dynasty dish and a 20th-century Rothko painting. Curator Jan Stuart says, "You almost weep with beauty of red."