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90 Years On, Claude Monet's Water Lilies Still Captivate

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:37:00 -0500

Claude Monet died 90 years ago, but his famous water lilies still have power over viewers. What's the secret to their staying power? It might have to do with their creator's particular attachment to his garden in Giverny, France.

The Surreal Cookbook Of Salvador Dalí

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:15:39 -0500

In the early 1970s surrealist icon Salvador Dalí published a lavish cookbook called Les Dîners de Gala. Decades later, the book is being republished for a new and much wider audience.

Jeff Koons Gives France A Giant Bouquet Of Flowers, But It Comes With A Price

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:20:00 -0500

The work of art is meant to honor the victims of the November 2015 terrorist attacks. Construction is already underway on Bouquet of Tulips -- but not all Parisians are pleased with the gift.

Quran Exhibition Shines A Light On The Holy Books' Dedicated Artists

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:49:00 -0500

The Smithsonian show isn't about the words of the Quran so much as the people who laboriously copied it, letter by letter. When they made a mistake, they fixed it with flourish — and sometimes gold.

For Tattoo Artists, Race Is In The Mix When Ink Meets Skin

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:40:00 -0500

Skin tone is only part of the challenge for an oft-tattooed customer who wants to see herself reflected in the "human canvases" of tattoo artists.

William Christenberry, Artist Whose Muse Was Rural Alabama, Dies At 80

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:00:00 -0500

The photographer, who also painted and sculpted, returned to the place of his youth every summer, chronicling the lives of old buildings and roadside businesses as they changed with age.

In A First, Spain's Prado Museum Puts The Spotlight On A Female Artist

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:47:00 -0500

Clara Peeters, a 17th century Flemish painter, hid tiny self-portraits in her still life paintings. She wasn't a household name, then or now, and just 40 or so of her paintings have survived.

Matisse And Diebenkorn 'Meet' At Last, At The Baltimore Museum Of Art

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 04:52:00 -0500

Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn never met in real life, but a new exhibit feels like a conversation between the two artists. Across decades and continents, Matisse influenced Deibenkorn's work.

How Technology Helped Martin Luther Change Christianity

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:01:00 -0500

As the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses approaches, an exhibit shows how Luther's treatise against the Catholic Church spread, before the advent of modern communications.

Remembering Ruth Gruber, Who Photographed The 20th Century's Darkest Moments

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:19:00 -0500

The photographer and author documented life in Nazi Germany and in Josef Stalin's gulags, as well as the arrival of Jews in Israel. She died Thursday at the age of 105.

Before His Name Was Known At All, Seuss Put Creatures On The Wall

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:18:00 -0500

Decades before he became a beloved children's book author, Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) created a series of whimsical sculptures he called "Unorthodox Taxidermy."

Decades Later, Salvador Dalí's Decadent Dream Dishes Are Awakened

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0500

Food and surrealism make bizarre bedfellows in Les Diners de Gala, first published in 1973. Now, you can get a reprint of those recipes and illustrations — and a peek into his legendary banquets.

Typhoons And Sand Dunes: Photos Of Everyday Life From Around The World

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0500

A Vietnamese woman looks as if she's swimming in a sea of green fire — one of many striking images from the Siena International Photo Awards.

'Things From The Flood' Is Gorgeously Creepy And Strangely Human

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0500

Simon Stålenhag's new book of paintings is a followup to his unique vision of a robot-and-monster haunted alternate Sweden. Each page is heavily freighted with dread, but you can't stop looking.

The Art Of The Vote: Who Designs The Ballots We Cast?

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 06:51:00 -0500

Beyond party affiliation, beyond opinions on candidates, there's another factor that influences our vote: the very ballot on which it's cast. Here's a glimpse at how that ballot gets designed.