May 3, 2012 For three decades, the Smithsonian Institution has been collecting work by African-American artists, work that is now on display at the American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibition offers a wide-ranging and colorful view of African-American life.
May 2, 2012 One of the art world's most recognizable images — Edvard Munch's "The Scream" — sold for a record $119,922,500 at auction in New York City. The 1895 artwork, a modern symbol of human anxiety, was sold at Sotheby's Wednesday evening.
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."