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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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Nation's Report Card Finds Mixed Grades For U.S. Students In Visual Arts, Music

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:02:00 -0400

It's the first time since 2008 that the federal government has released its assessment of U.S. eighth-graders in the arts. While there are some signs of progress, troubling achievement gaps remain.

Audio Installation Haunts Underground Arts Space In Washington, D.C.

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 08:12:08 -0400

A new audio exhibit at Dupont Underground breathes life into an old, subterranean trolley station in Washington, D.C. The Wind That Blows Is All That Anybody Knows is by artist Eric Dickson.

Artist Sets Futuristic Dinner Party In World Reshaped By Rising Seas

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400

How will our diets shift as climate change causes sea-level rise and coastal flooding? Photographer Allie Wist attempts to answer that with pictures of an imagined "post-sea-level-rise dinner party."

A Tussle Over Wall Street Sculptures

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:04:42 -0400

The creator of Wall Street's famous bull sculpture has taken issue with the placement of another work nearby. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz.

Sculptor Of Wall Street Bull Says 'Fearless Girl' Horns In On His Work

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:28:00 -0400

Arturo Di Modica is not happy that the Fearless Girl now staring down his Charging Bull has effectively turned it into a villain. He and his lawyer are now asking that the new statue be removed.

'Pink Star' Diamond Sells For $71 Million, Smashing Auction Record

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:18:00 -0400

The chairman of Hong Kong-based jewelry company Chow Tai Fook placed the winning bid over the phone to Sotheby's in Hong Kong. He renamed the jewel "CTF PINK STAR" in honor of his late father.

In The Art Of Netsuke, Tiny Toggles Tell Delightful Stories Of Japan

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 07:50:00 -0400

Collectors covet the detailed and intricate charm-like pieces, used as anchors on kimono sashes. Master carver Komada Ryushi shares how he still gets nervous each time he starts a new netsuke.

An Artist Incubating Chicken Eggs Is No Joke. But Is It Art?

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 05:52:00 -0400

Artist Abraham Poincheval is roosting over eggs in a Paris museum, hoping to hatch them like a mother hen. NPR'S Scott Simon says it's an attempt at performance art that doesn't quite make the grade.

Artist's Exhibit Borrows Human Tech To Solve Nature's Manmade Problems

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:51:00 -0400

Artist and philosopher Jonathon Keats didn't need to create anything new to show the absurdity of human problem-solving. All he had to do was give human technology to animals.

'Fearless Girl' Will Keep Facing Down Wall Street's Bull

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:24:00 -0400

The sculpture, "Fearless Girl," was welcomed to her perch in lower Manhattan, facing down the famous "Charging Bull" sculpture, with much fanfare. Now her lease has been extended and feelings are mixed.

Kerry James Marshall: A Black Presence In The Art World Is 'Not Negotiable'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:01:00 -0400

For decades, the 61-year-old artist has depicted black lives on canvas. He says inclusion in museums must not be contingent on "whether somebody likes you ... or somebody's being generous to you."

How Do You Dream Up A Cockatoo Feast? An Artist Explains In 'Imaginarium'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:00 -0400

Looking at Claire Rosen's photographs can feel like walking into someone else's dreams. In her new book Imaginarium she provides inspiration and advice for curating a creative life.

Trendy Hospital Clothing To Make Cancer Patients Dress 'Well' Even When Unwell

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:13:00 -0400

A trio of European women has launched INGA Wellbeing fashion line to help alleviate the dehumanizing experience many patients endure when wearing the traditional, uncomfortable hospital gowns.

On Fashion Runways, Inclusion Is About More Than Color

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:21:00 -0400

It's a tricky thing, casting. Directors have a vision for their lines — but what if that vision doesn't include a more inclusive palette?

From Striking Photos To Surprising Stained Glass, A Wide-Ranging Whitney Biennial

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400

There are 63 artists in this year's Biennial, including An-My Lê, whose photography touches on immigration, and Raúl de Nieves, who made a stained glass window with tape, paper, beads and more.