June 30, 2012 British ceramicist Edmund de Waal is exhibiting his work at Waddesdon Manor, the historic country retreat of his distant cousin Lord Jacob Rothschild. The manor's lavishly decorated rooms are an unlikely space for such minimalist works, but the collaboration tells a story of collection, belonging and loss.
June 26, 2012 Swarovski crystals and chicken wire are just two ingredients of landscape artists Xavier Perrot and Andy Cao's work. Their installations at a one-time leprosarium outside Paris and in D.C.'s Dumbarton Oaks are informed by the history and space that surrounds them.
June 22, 2012 When Paul Williams decided to become an architect, people told him no white clients would work with an African-American. But he persevered, eventually designing thousands of buildings, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and homes for stars like Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball.
June 22, 2012 For many of us, choosing our last supper on Earth is a parlor game. For some, it's real. Here's the story of death row prisoners' final meals, painted one plate at a time, by Oregon artist Julie Green.
June 22, 2012 McDonald's Canada Marketing Director Hope Bagozzi responds to a customer's question about how and why the famous McDonald's burgers looks better in front of the lens, and it becomes a YouTube sensation.
June 20, 2012 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is about to unveil its newest installation — a 340-ton boulder that visitors will be able to walk right under. It's called Levitated Mass, and it's taken a custom hauling job, about $10 million and more than 40 years to get it where it is today.
June 19, 2012 Hans-Jurgen Kuhl started painting at 10, and in his 20s experimented with clothing design. Later in life he discovered his greatest art form — counterfeiting money. In a piece for Wired, contributing editor David Wolman tells the story of Kuhl, who viewed his work fabricating $100 bills as art.
June 16, 2012 When Djuna Barnes was in her early 20s, she walked into the offices of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and announced: "I can draw, I can write, you'd be foolish not to hire me." The paper did. Nearly 30 years after her death, a collection of her writings and illustrations is on display at the Brooklyln Museum.
June 16, 2012 The website Snack Data blurs the lines between an art installation and a database of food facts. It may not be the most authoritative source of information, but it's a fun place to explore one web designer's take on the world of snack food.
June 7, 2012 The Easy-Bake oven might be the most widely recognized cooking toy ever made. But it's just one chapter in the century-old history of working toy ovens. We've cooked up a few examples of the Easy-Bake's predecessors, and a few choice morsels from the iconic toy's own evolution.
June 7, 2012 Claude Monet is famous for his impressionist paintings, but a new exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden looks at the horticultural skill that informed his art. One horticulturalist says, "Monet would never have been the painter he became if he wasn't the gardener he was."