April 11, 2012 When Islam was established in the seventh century, it spread rapidly to regions ruled by Orthodox Christians centered in Constantinople. There was confrontation, but also coexistence, among the different cultures and religions. A new exhibit looks at the pivotal period, with an eye toward the region's modern upheaval.
March 31, 2012 During World War II, the Nazis stripped Jews of their belongings, including many pieces of art. Some of these were returned after long legal battles. Author Anne Marie O'Connor's new book, The Lady in Gold, tells the story behind one of the most famous cases, Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer.
March 26, 2012 Commentator Harold Goldberg says the Smithsonian's video game exhibit needed fewer cooks in the kitchen.
March 15, 2012 It's like arriving in Oz: A D.C. exhibit features richly colored photographs of people who were typically rendered in black and white.
March 14, 2012 A set of 13th-century Byzantine frescoes — plundered after Turkey invaded the island nation and on display in Houston for the last 15 years — is being repatriated. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports on the closing chapter in what turns out to be a remarkable odyssey.
March 13, 2012 We are surrounded by Nothing, everywhere we go. But what scientists and artists tell us, in their very different ways, is that if we lean in and pay very close attention, sometimes what looks like Nothing is the best place to find the most interesting Somethings.
March 10, 2012 At the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang uses a technique to burn shapes into canvases by creating huge gunpowder explosions with the help of volunteers. Cai explains that throughout the pyrotechnic process, "there's always a prevalent sense of anxiety."
March 8, 2012 Most people are familiar with Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man: A nude man, with his arms and legs outstretched, inside a square within a circle. In his book Da Vinci's Ghost, author Toby Lester tells the story of da Vinci's quest to create an image of the perfectly proportioned human.
March 3, 2012 Every two years, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City weighs in on what matters in the art world. This year's exhibit, the 76th in the museum's history, features fewer artists, keeps everything on-site, and intermingles multiple disciplines.
March 2, 2012 Richard Diebenkorn's studio stood next to the Pacific Ocean, but he was more interested in light than water. For 20-plus years, Diebenkorn worked on 145 paintings — incandescent, geometric canvases that captured the soft, pale light of Southern California.
February 12, 2012 In just the last year, 96-year-old sculptor Elizabeth Catlett has had her work featured in exhibitions from Istanbul to Mexico to New York. She broke through barriers of race and gender, yet remains unknown to all but the artists she inspires.