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Painting by Numbers: Charles Atlas at Luhring Augustine's New Bushwick Gallery

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mesmerizing psychedelic videos made up of flashing numbers and looping lines by Charles Atlas are on view at Luhring Augustine's newly opened Bushwick gallery. The exhibition, The Illusion of Democracy, includes two video installations by Atlas that have never before been seen in New York.


Sotheby's to Sell Munch's 'The Scream' in the Spring

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sotheby's auction house announced Tuesday that one of four versions of Edvard Munch's masterpiece "The Scream" will go on the block on May 2. It estimates the work will sell for $80 million or more.


Lost Sketches by Auschwitz Survivor on View at NYU

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A new exhibit spotlights the work of a newspaper sketch artist who survived Auschwitz by doing portraits of SS guards. Learn about a daughter’s quest to reassemble her father’s body of work.

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50 Years of Decorating the White House

Friday, February 10, 2012

In 1961, when John F. Kennedy became president, his wife Jacqueline redecorated the White House and made it a museum. Her dramatic makeover moved us to ask William G. Allman, the chief curator of the White House, to give us his favorite pieces of furniture, decorative objects and works of art that became part of the White House in the past 50 years.


Transportation Department Unveils Urban Art Under the Queensboro Bridge

Friday, February 03, 2012

On Friday, the New York City Department of Transportation unveiled a new temporary outdoor exhibit on a 50-foot corrugated fence under the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge at the junction of Vernon Boulevard and South Queens Plaza in Queens. Check out photos of the show here.

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Seaport Museum Prepares to Re-Open Its Doors

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Contemporary art alongside items in the Seaport Museum's permanent collection make up the offerings in the new South Street Seaport Museum.


Friendship Inspires Art Project About Daily Life in Iraq

Thursday, January 05, 2012

This fall, WNYC asked listeners for their stories about active service men and women returning home from Iraq. David Pierce wrote in with his story about an art project documenting the daily life of an army squad in Iraq. Pierce did the project with his friend Justin Wilkens, who served two deployments in Iraq. We caught up with the high school buddies in Brooklyn.

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2011 Year in Review: The Year in Arts and Culture

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Alexander McQueen show at the Met, "Spider-Man" and "The Book of Mormon" opening on Broadway, the kerfuffle around Tony Kushner's honorary degree at CUNY and an exhibit mapping out words New Yorkers use to search for a mate. Here are some of the arts and culture stories WNYC followed this year.

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Enter Through the Gift Shop: NYC Museums Step Up Their Retail Game

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Manhattan’s shopping arteries are clogged with last-minute gift buyers. And museum gift shops are going all out to get the attention of consumers in the days remaining before Christmas.

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Saddam Hussein Dinnerware Used in Art Exhibit Returned to Iraq

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that stolen Wedgewood china looted from one of Saddam Hussein's palaces had been turned over to Iraqi diplomats. The news hits close to home for an arts group in New York since the plates were used as part of an art exhibit that started with an interest in dates and dinner plates.


Frick Collection Opens New Portico Gallery

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Frick Collection has opened a new, glass-enclosed portico gallery. It's the museum's first major addition in more than three decades. The inaugural exhibition in the Frick's new gallery is a collection of Meissen porcelain from a private collection.


Jewelry as Sculpture in Miniature at the Museum of Arts and Design

Friday, December 09, 2011

A brooch of ruby lips and cultured pearl teeth made by Salvador Dali, a pendant depicting an abstract face by Roy Lichtenstein and a gold mask designed by Man Ray are among the 240 pieces of jewelry currently on view at the Museum of Arts and Design. View a slideshow here.


New Museum Ups Ticket Price for Carsten Höller Show

Thursday, December 08, 2011

A 100-foot tubular slide and sensory deprivation saline pool are drawing crowds — and cash — to the New Museum.

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Manhattan Galleries Focus in on Edward Burtynsky

Friday, December 02, 2011

A sweeping overhead shot of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and abstract aerials of dryland farming in northeastern Spain. See a slideshow of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky's large-scale chromogenic color prints here.

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Bling and Haute Couture: Christie's Kicks Off Liz Taylor Auction

Friday, December 02, 2011

A black velvet cape Liz Taylor wore to Princess Grace of Monaco's "Scorpio Ball" and the diamond and gold wedding bands she wore in both of her marriages to Richard Burton are a few of the items that Christie's will auction off this week in one of the year's most anticipated sales. View a slideshow here.

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Maurice Sendak Curates Hannukah Lamp Show at the Jewish Museum

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A collection of Hannukah lamps from four continents chosen by illustrator and author Maurice Sendak is on view now at the Jewish Museum. Check out images of the lamps here.


Holiday Window Displays, Off the Beaten Path

Monday, November 28, 2011

There’s no shortage of interesting holiday store displays up in the city this time of year, and WNYC wants to see the best ones in your neighborhood. Upload your snapshots and check out our slideshow of creative holiday windows here.

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Pennsylvania Catholic Group Protests Wojnarowicz Film outside Brooklyn Museum

Sunday, November 20, 2011

On Sunday, some three dozen people protested the Brooklyn Museum's inclusion of David Wojnarowicz's film "A Fire in My Belly" in the museum's new show Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.

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Fine Arts Programs Open their Studios to the Public

Friday, November 18, 2011

The arts studios of NYU and Hunter are some of the most competitive in the country. As a result they're usually closed to the public. For one weekend, the studios will be open for visitors to check out the student work in progress.


Shepard Fairey Work to Sell at Auction to Benefit the Homeless

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday night, the Coalition for the Homeless holds its 17th annual ArtWalk NY benefit. For many, the highlight of the evening will be the sale of a hand-painted canvas by controversial street artist Shepard Fairey. Check out a picture of "Harmony" and other Fairey works here.