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

Last Build Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:20:00 -0500

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Tattoo Artist Covers Up Racist Insignia For Free: 'Enough Hate In This World'

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:20:00 -0500

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with tattoo shop owner, Dave Cutlip of Brooklyn Park, Md., who has offered to cover up any racist or gang affiliated tattoos at no cost. Cutlip says sometimes people change.

At 40, Paris' Pompidou Center Is Still 'An Unexpected Trip'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:41:00 -0500

The modern art museum, which opened on Jan. 31, 1977, holds a secure place in the heart of Paris — and in Parisians' hearts. But it wasn't always so. Horrified critics compared it to an oil refinery.

Looking Past Words: Twitter Movement Helps People Notice Typefaces

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:49:00 -0500

Each week, the Design Museum in London announces a theme for #FontSunday, and enthusiasts search for interesting examples to share on Twitter.

Don't Think Your Bias Can Boss You Around? David Byrne Says Think Again

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:56:00 -0500

The musician and multimedia artist has co-created an immersive experience designed to make people aware of their implicit biases. It's called "The Institute Presents: Neurosociety."

Ahead Of NBA All-Star Weekend, Looking At The Fashion-Forward Players

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 07:45:19 -0500

In addition to the games, the NBA All-Star Weekend is a bit of a fashion event. Motez Bishara of CNN tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about basketball's biggest fashion stars.

As Trump Mulls Funding Cuts For The Arts, An Artist Argues Against The NEA

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 07:36:38 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon talks to David Marcus, a senior contributor to The Federalist and the artistic director of a theater company in New York City, about defunding the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Joy (And Fear) Of Making 'Kindred' Into A Graphic Novel

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:59:00 -0500

Nearly 40 years after it was published, Octavia Butler's time-travel novel Kindred has been adapted for a modern audience as a graphic novel. But reinterpreting the masterwork was a daunting task.

'Evolution To Revolution' As New York Fashion Week Gets Political

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 05:13:00 -0500

For New York Fashion Week, NPR's David Greene speaks with designer Jeremy Scott about how his clothing line has been influenced by the presidential election.

Atlanta Rolls Up, Moves An Old Oil Painting — All 374 Feet And 12 Tons Of It

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 05:13:00 -0500

On Thursday, one of the world's largest oil paintings starts its trip to a new home. The immersive "cyclorama" puts viewers in the Battle of Atlanta, and is one of just a few of its kind in the U.S.

Raise Your (He)art Rate With A Workout At The Met

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 04:50:00 -0500

Seeing a great work of art might quicken your pulse, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hoping you'll break a sweat, too. A dance company is offering literally breathtaking tours of the museum.

At 79, David Hockney Isn't Keen On Parties, But Still Paints Every Day

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 04:50:00 -0500

A major retrospective at Tate Britain showcases more than 60 years of Hockney's work. NPR's Susan Stamberg visited the contemporary artist in his studio, high, high up in the Hollywood Hills.

Prize-Winning Immigrant Artist Addresses Issues Of Identity Through Sculpture

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 07:56:52 -0500

The Vilcek Prize recognizes immigrant artists who make a contribution to U.S. culture through their art. This year's winner, Jamaican sculptor Nari Ward, received $100,000.

'Breaking News' Artists Use Mass Media As Their Medium

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 04:56:00 -0500

An exhibition in Los Angeles features some 200 works of news-inspired art, dating back to the 1960s. Many of the images are disturbing; "Art is more than a pretty picture," says curator Arpad Kovacs.

A Sip Of History: The Hidden Wine Cellars Under The Brooklyn Bridge

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:22:00 -0500

The cool, dark caverns were a perfect place to store even the most delicate wines — and the income they generated helped offset construction costs of the massive 19th-century engineering project.

You Can Vote On Whose Face Goes On This Famous Mural Next

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:05:00 -0500

Ben's Chili Bowl, the D.C. restaurant famous for its half-smokes and civil rights ties, is preparing to replace its landmark mural to help "heal the country." And you get a say.