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Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:38:00 -0400

When astronomers spot a new planet that's too far away to be seen in detail, they work with artists to depict it. Space artists say they have a lot of freedom, but have to be careful, too.

When Cultural Heritage Is At Risk, Italy's Art Police Come To The Rescue

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:32:00 -0400

Over the decades, they've tracked down looted paintings and manuscripts, and rescued artwork after natural disasters. These days, they're salvaging centuries-old works in Italy's Amatrice quake zone.

New Head For Jesus Statue That Prompted Double Takes Is Gone

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:42:00 -0400

Last year, baby Jesus' head went missing from a statue at a church in northern Ontario. A local artist sculpted an attention-getting substitute, but that damaged the statue.

Reading Gaol, Where Oscar Wilde Was Imprisoned, Unlocks Its Gates For Art

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:51:00 -0400

In 1895, Wilde was convicted of homosexual activity and sentenced to two years in prison. Built in the mid-1800s, the facility was operational until 2013. Now, it's hosting an unusual art exhibit.

Decades After His Death, Max Beckmann Returns To New York

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:26:00 -0400

On sunny December day in Manhattan, the great German painter had been on his way to an exhibit featuring his latest self-portrait when he died. Now, that painting is back in the city where he left it.

High-Priced 'Pill Fashion' Causing Controversy

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:04:28 -0400

Italian fashion brand Moschino is causing controversy with its pill-themed 2017 collection. Randy Anderson of Eden House Recovery Services is pushing stores not to sell the clothing.

Artist David Hockney Says The Drive To Create Pictures 'Is Deep Within Us'

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 04:44:00 -0400

The nearly 80-year-old artist has written a book called A History of Pictures. It's chock-full of art he has loved looking at and includes one painter he credits with inventing Hollywood lighting.

For Fashion Designer Christian Siriano, No Size Is Out Of Style

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:23:00 -0400

You could say Siriano is having a moment: He featured five plus-size models at a recent fashion show and dressed stars of all sizes for this year's Emmys.

Replicas Of Artifacts Destroyed By ISIS 'Rising From Destruction' In Rome

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:00:00 -0400

An exhibit at the Colosseum features life-size reconstructions of ancient works that ISIS damaged or destroyed in Iraq and Syria. "It is a universal heritage," says curator Francesco Rutelli.

A Photographer Gets Old — Over And Over — In 'The Many Sad Fates'

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:26:00 -0400

Photographer Phillip Toledano lost both his parents, an aunt and an uncle and began to wonder — what other dark turns did life have in store? He explores the possibilities in a new short film.

2 Stolen Van Goghs Recovered By Anti-Mafia Police In Italy

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:55:00 -0400

The two paintings — of a seascape and of a congregation at a churchwere stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002. "They are the real paintings!" a curator said in a statement.

Arts And Craft Beers: Brewers Draw Drinkers' Eyes With Snazzy Tap Handles

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:26:00 -0400

As craft brewers try to make their brews stand out in an increasingly crowded field, they're driving the expansion of a singular business: custom-made beer taps.

Long Before Burning Man, Zozobra Brought Fire And Redemption To The Desert

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:57:00 -0400

For decades, residents in Santa Fe, N.M., have gathered to burn a massive puppet — but only after stuffing it with symbols of their woes. It's a way to release the past year's sadness and start anew.

'The Face Of Britain' Tells A Nation's History Through Portraits

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:10:00 -0400

Art historian Simon Schama shares the stories behind the artworks — from the portrait that made an 18th-century actor into a star, to the one Winston Churchill's secretary threw into a bonfire.

Mae Reeves' Hats Hang At National Museum Of African American History And Culture

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:20:00 -0400

Mae Reeves was one of the first African-American business owners in Philadelphia, where she designed hats for Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Marian Anderson.