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Saturday, May 27, 2017
In her 40 years in the business, Leiber designed 3,500 handbags, some of which were carried by First Ladies and movie stars. Now 96, Leiber says she loves her bags, whether "classic" or "crazy."
Saturday, April 08, 2017
One of the oldest U.S. drum makers is Precision Drum Company. It's made instruments for some big names in jazz and rock. It's now making a replica of the drum on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album.
Monday, December 05, 2016
Claude Monet died 90 years ago, but his famous water lilies still have power over viewers. What's the secret to their staying power? It might have to do with their creator's particular attachment to his garden in Giverny, France.
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Sixteen years ago, a wood carver in Saranac Lake, N.Y., was inspired to build a full-sized carousel, carved and painted primarily by local artists, and featuring only local scenes and animals.
Saturday, July 02, 2016
Carmen Herrera was making art in the '50s and '60s but her male counterparts were getting all of the attention. Now, she's still hard at work and finally getting some long overdue recognition.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
June Leaf sculpts, paints and draws and she's been doing it for most of her 86 years. Now she's got a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
An animated film is up for best documentary short at the Oscars this year. It's only the second time an animated film has been in the running since the category was established in the 1940s. Last Day of Freedom is the story of Bill Babbitt, a man who turns his ...
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Frank Stella does huge work — some of it 20 feet tall and twice as long — so he has a suitably supersized studio about an hour's drive north of New York City. With hundreds of artworks and tables strewn with ideas in progress, the studio is a museum in ...
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Ceramics artist Ron Nagle uses unconventional materials and bright colors to make odd, miniature marvels with punderful titles. His work has helped make modern ceramics a star at art museums.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Sarah Silverman opens up about depression and comedy. Critic John Powers reviews Bridge of Spies. Photographer Gerrit Vyn and writer Scott Weidensaul discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds.
Sunday, September 06, 2015
"What can I play so that this person just plays the best he's ever played?" asks Peacock, who's backed up everyone from Bill Evans to Miles Davis to Keith Jarrett.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
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Sunday, March 22, 2015
Back in the pre-digital era — when telephones were used for talking, not photographing and filming, and before YouTube came along to broadcast everyone's videos — capturing and disseminating moving images was expensive, time consuming and decidedly non-portable.
But that changed in 1967, when Sony introduced the world's first portable ...
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
They're the instrument anyone can play — but only two places in the U.S. make them, and only one makes the colorful plastic kind most people know. Karen Michel pays a visit to the latter.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
At 84, the acclaimed jazz pianist is still recording and touring. Among his many achievements is one that often eludes even the most beloved jazz artists: mainstream popularity.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
As artists priced out of New York City head north, Hudson River cities are experiencing a renaissance. But not this historic city.
Saturday, November 08, 2014
People often get flummoxed around death. Some get teary, others emotionally distant from the inevitable. An exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire," embodies that tension with mourning fashion from the mid-1800s to the early 20th century. It has multi-layered ...
Saturday, October 04, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Carl Andre is credited with changing the history of sculpture.
Now nearly 80, Andre once scrounged industrial materials — timber, bricks, squares and ingots of metal — and arranged them on the floor. No pedestals, no joints and no altering of the surfaces.
In 1970, the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan ...
Friday, March 07, 2014
It's time again for the show that people love to hate: the Whitney Biennial, an overview of American art. Critics often trash it, but as Karen Michel says, this year's showcase has a few surprises.