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The Flag Still Flies For Jasper Johns

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 04:55:00 -0400

As a major retrospective in Los Angeles shows, the modern American artist got us to take a second look at even common objects like numerals, archery targets and, yes, flags.

'National Geographic' Reckons With Its Past: 'For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist'

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:40:00 -0400

Before it could publish an issue on race, the magazine first had to look at its own history. "Some of what you find in our archives leaves you speechless," writes editor Susan Goldberg.

French Fashion Designer Hubert De Givenchy Dies At 91

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:24:00 -0400

Hubert de Givenchy has died at 91. He dressed some of the world's most glamorous women including Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Grace Kelly.

Hubert de Givenchy, Famed Couturier, Dies At 91

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:26:17 -0400

Known for designing the little black numbers worn by Audrey Hepburn, a British fashion declared of his first collection: "These dresses remind you of that first, best, glass of champagne."

'Architecture Is A Backdrop For Life,' Says 2018 Pritzker Winner Balkrishna Doshi

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0500

The Indian architect has been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, known as the Nobel for architects. His buildings reflect an investment in local materials, social change and the environment.

San Francisco To Remove 19th Century Statue Critics Say Degrades Native Americans

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 22:37:52 -0500

The idea of removing the statute had been debated for decades. It will be replaced by a plaque explaining the rationale for its removal from a site near City Hall.

Can Nuclear Power Plants Generate Artistic Inspiration?

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 10:19:46 -0500

"Nuclear" artists see motivating muses where others see only grey buildings, drab fences, and white steam piping out of concrete cooling towers, says guest commentator Vincent Ialenti.

An Artist Sees Data So Powerful It Can Help Us Pick Better Friends

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:01:24 -0500

It can feel intrusive to have so much data collected about us, but Laurie Frick is optimistic about how big data will evolve. She says it could help us evaluate how we respond to other people.

Customs Agents Search A Bus Near Paris — And Discover A Stolen Degas Painting

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:27:25 -0500

The artwork was quietly spirited from a Marseille museum in 2009. The trail was cold until last week, when officers happened to check the luggage compartment of a bus.

France Hopes Exhibit Of Nazi-Stolen Art Can Aid Stalled Search For Owners

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:35:00 -0500

The Louvre says the two rooms of paintings are a symbol of its continuing commitment to return the art, but critics country, which still holds thousands of works, has done too little too late.

'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.