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.
February 2, 2012 Conservators at Madrid's Museo del Prado recently discovered that a replica of the Mona Lisa might have been painted by one of Leonardo da Vinci's pupils. The find provides fresh insight into da Vinci's enigmatic masterpiece and studio practice.
January 28, 2012 Even a century since his birth, American "splatter artist" Jackson Pollock still provokes heated debate about the very definition of art. Was a man who placed a canvas on the floor and dripped paint straight from the can actually creating a work of art?