A talk with the woman who designed Michelle Obama's portrait dress

Feb 16, 2018
The gown, with its graphic print, shows the former first lady's "intelligence, her realness," says Michelle Smith.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama, left, and artist Amy Sherald unveil Obama's portrait at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., Monday.
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That $100 million Leonardo da Vinci painting might not even be by Leonardo da Vinci

Nov 15, 2017
But art critic Blake Gopnik explains why that might not be the right question to ask.
A view of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, which could rake in more than $100 million tonight at auction.
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This artist cuts up cash and uses it for collage

Apr 7, 2017
Artist Mark Wagner uses U.S. currency to make his intricate collages.
Contemporary artist Mark Wagner creates portraits of U.S. presidents from dollar bills.
Photo courtesy of Mark Wagner

NYC’s 'Fearless Girl' will keep standing on Wall Street

Mar 27, 2017
The new permit is good through February 2018. Not everyone is happy.
'The Fearless Girl' statue is seen facing the iconic Wall Street charging bull statue in Lower Manhattan, New York. 
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My Economy: Caring for seniors through art

Mar 23, 2017
Many of the caregivers in nursing homes can't afford health insurance, Martha Rast says.
 
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Why Wake Forest University gave six students $100,000

Mar 10, 2017
Every four years, the North Carolina school sends undergraduates to on an art-acquisition trip.
Six undergraduate students from Wake Forest University are buying $100,000 worth of artwork for their school’s art collection.
Ken Bennett/Wake Forest University

Yayoi Kusama exhibit is an economic puzzle for museum

Feb 24, 2017
The lines are long but entry is free. So how can the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn capitalize on its 'blockbuster'?
Yayoi Kusama's "Phalli’s Field," 1965, is one of the infinity mirror room installations at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.
Cathy Carver

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'She persisted': Women pack tattoo shop for solidarity in ink

Feb 24, 2017
Soon after Sen. Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the Senate floor Minneapolis women took words from Sen. Mitch McConnell and turned them on their head, using 'nevertheless, she persisted' as a rallying cry for proponents of women's rights.
Kyle Mack tattoos the phrase "she persisted" on to the arm of Lindsay Wenner inside the Brass Knuckle Tattoo Shop in Minneapolis Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Evan Frost, MPR News

The Bolshoi Theater: Promoting Russia's brand

Oct 27, 2016
The Bolshoi Theater has managed to stay vibrant and active through the Russian nation's colorful history.
An interior view shows the Bolshoi Theatre's auditorium in Moscow. 
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Before Instagram, there were daguerreotypes

Aug 31, 2016
A daguerreotypist explains the art and technology behind an early form of photography.
A daguerreotype of Jack Be Little Squash.
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