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Art You Can Wear On Your Arm? For Judith Leiber, It's In The Bag

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:47:00 -0400

In her 40 years in the business, Leiber designed 3,500 handbags, some of which were carried by First Ladies and movie stars. Now 96, Leiber says she loves her bags, whether "classic" or "crazy."

Hot Tip On Old Heist Could Be Worth $10 Million, Gardner Museum Says

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:55:00 -0400

It's been 27 years since thieves made off with more than a dozen works of art from Boston's Gardner Museum. But the museum's trustees hold out hope — and have doubled the bounty on the masterpieces.

Why Did Melania Trump Cover Her Hair At The Vatican But Not In Saudi Arabia?

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:20:00 -0400

Despite criticism, the first lady's attire was in keeping with the protocol of the countries she visited and the precedent set by foreign leaders who have visited them.

With A Wedding Dress Comes A New Beginning For A Syrian Tailor

Sat, 20 May 2017 18:33:28 -0400

A Syrian refugee hopes his past as a tailor will help him build a new life for his family in America. His first commission is a wedding dress for a Muslim bride.

Worms Land A Great Job Working With Gorgeous Indian Textiles

Sat, 20 May 2017 07:00:00 -0400

After the craftspeople of Ajrakphur dye fabrics with a traditional block printing method, there's a lot of toxic waste water. Enter the earthworms.

Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Sells For Record $110.5 Million

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:36:00 -0400

The late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat broke a few records at Sotheby's Thursday night when one of his works sold for $110.5 million dollars to a Japanese entrepreneur and art collector.

At $110.5 Million, Basquiat Painting Becomes Priciest Work Ever Sold By A U.S. Artist

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:59:00 -0400

With the sale Thursday night in New York City, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 untitled painting is also said to be the sixth-most expensive work sold in world history.

Correction: What Is The Shell In The 'Birth Of Venus' Painting?

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:48:00 -0400

NPR offers a correction to a piece earlier in the week in which we referred to the mollusk in the famous "Birth of Venus" painting by Botticelli as a clam shell.

A Lesser-Known Venus Visits The U.S. In New Botticelli Exhibit

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:30:00 -0400

Botticelli's most famous Renaissance painting shows the goddess Venus, standing nude on a giant shell. Now, an exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts shows other works, seldom seen outside of Italy.

Chicano Art Wields A Sharper Political Edge In Post-Election California

Sat, 13 May 2017 18:52:03 -0400

Artists are responding to Trump administration efforts to peel back civil rights enforcement and crack down on illegal immigration. One scholar says it marks a return to the roots of Chicano art.

Picturing Queer Africans In The Diaspora

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:48:00 -0400

A photographer uses his lens to peer through perceptions of queerness in his ancestral home.

This Week In Race: Census Worries, Yellowface And Kendall Jenner. Again.

Fri, 12 May 2017 04:01:00 -0400

In this edition: posers, pretenders and passers.

Don't Be Fooled: 'Generation Wealth' Is More About Wanting Than Having

Wed, 10 May 2017 17:24:00 -0400

Lauren Greenfield's 500-page photo collection shows toddlers in designer clothes and magnums of champagne. But it's also about how ostentatious displays of wealth have replaced real social mobility.

Museum Of Ice Cream Opens In Los Angeles

Sun, 07 May 2017 08:16:14 -0400

A Museum of Ice Cream has opened in Los Angeles featuring a swimming pool full of sprinkles. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with co-founder Maryellis Bunn.

Crayola Gives The People What They Want: A New Blue Crayon

Fri, 05 May 2017 12:23:00 -0400

After Crayola announced it was retiring the yellow crayon Dandelion, the company said its replacement would be blue, but would it be a true blue? No, it's actually an accidental blue.