Susan Stamberg

Susan Stamberg appears in the following:

Portraits Of LA's Female Artists Send A Powerful Message: 'You Are Here'

Monday, February 01, 2016

Rebecca Campbell's portrait series documents the female artists who go unnoticed or underrepresented. "I made it so that they didn't disappear," she says.


400 Years After His Death, Shakespeare's First Folio Goes Out On Tour

Monday, January 04, 2016

The First Folio is the first printed collection of all of Shakespeare's plays, assembled by two of his buddies after he died. Without it, plays like Macbeth and Twelfth Night might not have survived.


Prepare For Takeoff: Smithsonian Celebrates The Art Of The Airport Tower

Monday, December 21, 2015

Photographer Carolyn Russo says these beacons of the landscape serve as "cultural greeters." Her dramatic photographs are on display at the Air and Space museum in Washington, D.C.


An Artist Grows Into His Talent: Revisiting Sinatra's Radio Years

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"It's these fresh vocal cords that haven't been abused yet, broken in yet." Susan Stamberg dives into Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air, a box set of rare radio broadcasts.


For Expats In Afghanistan, A Cranberry Dish To Relish Far From Home

Friday, November 20, 2015

In 2011, about 100 Americans living and working in Kabul gathered for a Thanksgiving feast a long way from family. But a dish familiar to many NPR listeners helped bring them a taste of home.


For Irving Penn, Perfect Portraiture Wasn't Just For Fashion Models

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Penn created many of the stark, glossy pictures of stick-thin fashion models that appeared in Vogue. He also made portraits of nudes, celebrities and also everyday objects, like cigarettes.


Remembering Harold Arlen, The Mystery Man Behind 'Over The Rainbow'

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Arlen had major hits, won an Oscar and was called "the most original of all of us" by none other than George Gershwin, but he never became a household name.


Vermeer's 'Woman In Blue' Returns To D.C., Hoping For Better Luck This Time

Thursday, October 29, 2015

During the National Gallery's first Vermeer exhibit 20 years ago, the federal government shut down twice, and a major blizzard hit the East Coast. But The Woman in Blue Reading a Letter is undeterred.


Frank Gehry's Lifelong Challenge: To Create Buildings That Move

Thursday, September 10, 2015

With sculptural swoops and sweeps, Gehry, now 86, changed the course of architecture. Paul Goldberger, who has known the architect for 40 years, has written a new biography called Building Art.


Peek Inside The 'Little Black Books' Of Some Famous American Artists

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mary Savig, curator at the Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C., says the contact lists reveal a lot about the artists' personal and professional networks.


Durand-Ruel: The Art Dealer Who Liked Impressionists Before They Were Cool

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel acquired some 5,000 impressionist works long before others were buying them. Claude Monet said he and his artist friends "would have died of hunger" without him.


The Anxious Art Of Japanese Painter (And 'Enemy Alien') Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Thursday, August 13, 2015

After moving to the U.S. in 1906, Kuniyoshi became a prize-winning artist. But with World War II, things changed. "When he walked down the street," says one curator, "he looked like the enemy."


Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide

Friday, July 31, 2015

For some 30 years, Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word. He passed away today at 75, after a car accident two weeks ago. NPR's Susan Stamberg has an appreciation.


Discover A Trove Of Hollywood Treasures At The Motion Picture Academy Library

Monday, July 27, 2015

Here, you can find the Cowardly Lion's mane, the designs for Scarlett O'Hara's drapery dress, and many other artifacts that reveal the history of the movie biz.


Known As A Collector, Gustave Caillebotte Gets His Due As A Painter

Monday, July 20, 2015

Caillebotte was an independently wealthy artist who — unlike his Impressionist buddies — didn't need to sell paintings to make a living. Now, many of his works are on display at the National Gallery.


Do It Like A Deity: A Dutch Artist Depicts Gods Gone Wild

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

At the turn of the 16th century, Joachim Wtewael painted passionate stories from the Bible and mythology. The Dutch artist was a very strict Calvinist, but on canvas, he let loose.


Immortalized As 'The Woman In Gold,' How A Young Jew Became A Secular Icon

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Gustav Klimt's 1907 portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer was seized by the Nazis. A film now tells the story of Adele's niece, who fought to recover her family's paintings more than a half century later.


In 1846, 'The Jolly Flatboatmen' Did A Different Sort Of River Dance

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The painting by George Caleb Bingham became popular for its depiction of the 19th-century American experience. Now, it's the star of a new show at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.


'Filthy Lucre' Is A Modern Remix Of The Peacock Room's Wretched Excess

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two Smithsonian institutions have given artist Darren Waterston their blessings as he reimagines James McNeill Whistler's lavish and legendary 19th-century artwork as an utter ruin.


For Artist Elaine De Kooning, Painting Was A Verb, Not A Noun

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

One of de Kooning's friends once asked her what it was like to work in the shadow of her husband, Willem de Kooning. She replied: "I don't paint in his shadow, I paint in his light.'"