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In Art For The Blind, Touching Exhibits Is Mandatory

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Museums are filled with signs that say "do not touch." But a current exhibition at the Museo del Prado in Madrid wants you to do just the opposite. The exhibit is designed for blind people.

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If Apple Made iMilk And Nike Sold Fruit: Designer Groceries As Art

Monday, February 09, 2015

A designer has reimagined a host of everyday edibles as high-end grocery items. It's a project that explores how branding influences our purchases — and where the ethical boundaries lie for designers.

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From Soy Sauce To Bullet Trains: Famed Japanese Designer Dies At 85

Monday, February 09, 2015

Decades after Kenji Ekuan created Kikkoman's iconic soy sauce bottles with their red caps, he designed Japan's bullet train, in a career driven by a desire to make good design accessible to everyone.

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Not Too Much, Not Too Little: Sweden, In A Font

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Sweden's government commissioned a typeface to represent the country on websites and elsewhere. The result, the designers of Swedish Sans say, reflects the clean and easygoing Scandinavian aesthetic.

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Ornery Artist's Hand-Lettered Screeds Helped Him Keep The World At Bay

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Jesse Howard filled his property with signs that proclaimed his disappointment with the world. The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis recently opened the first comprehensive survey of his work.

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All Things Considered

'War Rugs' Reflect Afghanistan's Long History With Conflict

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Afghanistan has suffered through decades of war. The modern history of violence has seeped into the nation's ancient art of rug making — rugs now feature imagery of tanks, AK-47s and U.S. drones.

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Gauguin Painting Reportedly Fetches Record $300 Million

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The oil-on-canvas entitled Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?) was produced in 1892 during the first of two trips to Polynesia by the French Post-Impressionist.

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Morning Edition

A Chicago Community Puts Mixed-Income Housing To The Test

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Chicago plans to replace its Lathrop Homes public housing project with a mix of condos and affordable housing. Residents say it doesn't need a revamp — and that the overhaul will displace too many.

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Morning Edition

Beautiful Bird Exhibit Spotted At Smithsonian

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., has gathered the work of artists who paint, photograph and sculpt winged creatures — underscoring their endangered existence and exquisite beauty.

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A Japanese Singing Competition Blooms In Colorado

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kohaku Uta Gassen is a popular singing competition with roots in Japan. It came to the U.S. with a generation of immigrants from that country, and Denver's Kohaku is still thriving today.

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MTV Pimps Cars, Brazil Pimps Trash Carts

Saturday, January 17, 2015

It's the brainstorm of a street artist, who wanted folks to pay more respect to the pickers who collect recyclable garbage that would otherwise pile up in landfills.

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All Things Considered

An Exhibit Offers A Different Angle On Life In Public Housing

Monday, January 12, 2015

An exhibit in Brooklyn aims to upend stereotypes about public housing by profiling residents and their achievements. The curators know their subject well; they once lived in public housing themselves.

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Mexican Carpoolers: A Photographer's View Of Truck Bed Commuters

Sunday, January 11, 2015

In the backs of pickup trucks, construction workers lie among tools and blankets, headed to the city for a day's work. Alejandro Cartagena turned his camera on the carpoolers.

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All Things Considered

A Nun Inspired By Warhol: The Forgotten Pop Art Of Sister Corita Kent

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Kent's work, which included the U.S. Postal Service's popular "love" stamp, had a lasting influence. But today her story seems to have fallen through the cracks of art history.

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Why Bill Gates Is Commissioning Fine Art

Thursday, January 08, 2015

From stylized photography that looks like a fashion shoot to a comic book journey about lockjaw, artwork from around the world illustrates the value of vaccines.

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Morning Edition

Art Installation Opens Passage To A Different World

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

In New York and Tehran, visitors in both cities are invited to enter a portal for 10 minutes or longer to communicate with a stranger, as though they're standing in the same room.

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For 98-Year-Old Artist, Every Mural Must 'Be A New Adventure'

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Eric Bransby, who studied under Thomas Hart Benton, is one of the last living links to the great age of American mural painting. Age has slowed him down somewhat, but Bransby is still hard at work.

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All Things Considered

Depression-Era Photos Make A Mark In American Photography

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Yale University project has organized and mapped photographs taken for the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information from 1935 to 1946. Now there's an online tool to explore them.

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Morning Edition

Mother, Empress, Virgin, Faith: 'Picturing Mary' And Her Many Meanings

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

This Christmas, images of Mary created over five centuries glow on the walls of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Curator Kathryn Wat says that, to her, Mary represents bravery and strength.

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Look At This: Seeing The Story Inside A Photo

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The NPR Visuals team has published a new project called A Photo I Love. Editor Kainaz Amaria tells NPR's Rachel Martin about the first beloved image, from a book, Gangsters and Grifters.

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