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NPR explores the visual arts including design, photography, sculpture, and architecture. Interviews, commentary, and audio. Subscribe to the RSS feed.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:14:00 -0400

Many images that have been traditionally used to depict the Black Death are, in fact, not images of the plague at all. Now, a group of dedicated historians are trying to correct the record.

Pantone Honors Prince With A New Purple Shade

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Color-cataloguing company Pantone is paying a unique tribute to the late singer Prince: a unique shade of purple called "Love Symbol #2."

Ancient Iraqi Art On Display In Italy At Venice Biennale

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:55:11 -0400

The Iraqi Pavilion at the Venice Bienniale places ancient artwork saved from extremist destruction alongside work by contemporary artists as a way to make sense of the country's complicated history.

What Hiram Maristany Saw Looking Through The Lens At El Barrio

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:25:27 -0400

Photographer Hiram Maristany has spent more than 50 years documenting the Puerto Rican community in New York City's East Harlem neighborhood — through poverty, beauty and gentrification.

Tiffany Is Known For Lamps And Stained Glass, But He Made Magical Mosaics, Too

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:35:00 -0400

Louis Comfort Tiffany — son of the luxury jeweler — took a trip to Italy in the late 1800s and returned inspired. A museum in Western New York has devoted an exhibition to these lesser known works.

From Family Snapshots To NASA Photos, Archivists Aim To Solve Preservation Puzzles

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:14:00 -0400

Levi Bettwieser develops found film rolls from his Idaho home, and Dennis Wingo helped rescue early pictures of the moon. But what will happen when historical photos go from analog to digital?

Met Museum Turns Over Ancient Vase Suspected Looted From Italy

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:39:00 -0400

The Met delivered the Greco-Roman vase to New York prosecutors, who issued a warrant for it last week. A forensic archaeologist says the artifact was likely "unlawfully removed from Italian soil."

Even In 'The War To End All Wars,' There Was Art Coming From The Trenches

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 04:55:00 -0400

An exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum features art and artifacts from World War I. It includes paintings by combat artists and images of carvings found on the walls of underground quarries.

Art Exhibit Features Chagall's Works For Ballet And Opera

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:17:00 -0400

A new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art explores the role that music and ballet played in the work of painter Marc Chagall.

Museum's Plan To Sell 40 Works Has Art World Up In Arms

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 15:27:00 -0400

The auction, including two Rockwell paintings, would fund the Berkshire Museum's renovation and increase its endowment. But two prominent museum organizations say the sale violates fundamental ethics.

How To Preserve Your Polaroid

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 08:00:39 -0400

A new David Hockney photography show begs the question: how do his Polaroids look vibrant decades after they were made? There's a secret to keeping instant film from fading.

Alice Cooper Finds Andy Warhol Art After 40 Years In Storage

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:11:50 -0400

In the 1970s, Alice Cooper received a silkscreen by his friend Andy Warhol. Then he forgot about it. He and his manager dug it out of storage, and now it may be worth millions.

15-Year-Old CEO Of Mo's Bows Enters Licensing Deal With NBA

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:25:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Moziah Bridges, the 15-year-old CEO of Mo's Bows, who just entered a licensing deal with the NBA. Bridges started his bow tie company with his mom when he was 9.

Salvador Dalí's Remains Exhumed, Revealing A Perfectly Arranged Mustache

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:33:00 -0400

When the late Spanish painter was exhumed for a paternity suit, experts discovered his distinctive mustache had kept its shape. "Checking it was a very exciting moment," says the head of his estate.

Costume Jewelry Designer Kenneth Jay Lane Dies At 85

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:32:00 -0400

Lane designed costume jewelry for Hollywood stars, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and viewers of TV's shopping channel QVC. Many women wore his fakes, or "faque," as he pronounced it, with their real gems.