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Could George Bush Be Sued For Some Of His Paintings?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

George Bush's paintings, some of which long ago found their way into the public eye through a leak from the hacker Guccifer, were put on display earlier this week at the George W. Bush presidential center. 

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In Bryant Park, a Temple Made of Art and Tar

Saturday, March 08, 2014

What's 60 feet tall, made out of bamboo, and lives (for now) in Bryant Park?

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Studio 360

Jessica Lange & Leaves of Grass

Saturday, March 01, 2014

In this special edition of the show, Kurt talks with Jessica Lange talks about the thrill of playing an evil witch on American Horror Story. We learn how Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, a radical, polyamorous book of poems became an American Icon. And an artist paints combat scenes in Iraq after being inspired by Winslow Homer's Civil War paintings.

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"Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary” at MoMA

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Curator Anne Umland talks about the life and work of surrealist painter Rene Magritte. The exhibition “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary” is on view at MoMA through January 12.  



Just Like Van Gogh, Ocean Waves Paint Clouds In The Sky

Friday, July 19, 2013

Vincent van Gogh painted rolling, tumbling air in the sky. He used paint and a brush. Ocean waves are also Van Goghs when they crash onto beaches. They paint the sky with salt.

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Eric Fischl Bares His Soul (Explicit)

Friday, June 28, 2013

When Eric Fischl was first described as a painter of the suburbs, it wasn’t meant as a compliment, but he tells Kurt Andersen, “I wear it proudly.” Fischl grew up on Long Island, outside New York City, and then in Phoenix. He finds the suburbs artistically fertile ground. In his memoir Bad Boy ...

Slideshow: Eric Fischl's Paintings


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Chuck Close: Photo Maquettes

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Artist Chuck Close discusses his work and the photographs he works from to make his large-scale portraits. There’s an exhibition of his photographs, “Chuck Close: Photo Maquettes” is on view Eykyn Maclean Gallery.

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Piero della Francesca at the Frick

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Piero della Francesca was a founding figure of the Italian Renaissance. A new exhibition at the Frick Collection brings together seven of Francesa's works, including six panels from the Sant’Agostino altarpiece.

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Leonardo and the Last Supper

Monday, November 05, 2012

In 1495 in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci began working on what would become one of the most influential and beloved works of art-The Last Supper. Ross King explores how-amid war and the political and religious turmoil, and beset by his own insecurities and frustrations-Leonardo created the masterpiece that would forever define him. in Leonardo and the Last Supper, King presents an original portrait of one of the world's greatest geniuses through the lens of his most famous work. 

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Jackson Pollock’s Last Painting

Monday, August 13, 2012

Vanity Fair contributor Leslie M. M. Blume discusses the ongoing battle over what may have been Jackson Pollock’s last painting. When she first saw Jackson Pollock's purported final painting, "Red, Black, & Silver," on the bedroom mantelpiece of Pollock's mistress Ruth Kligman, she knew she'd stumbled upon something special. She chronicles the torturous tug-of-war over the painting's authenticity in her article “The Canvas and the Triangle,” which appears in the September issue of Vanity Fair.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Wolf Kahn, November 17, 1971

Friday, May 25, 2012


Painter Wolf Kahn discusses his own work and artistic process in this 1971 installment of Views on Art with host Ruth Bowman.

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The Perfect Yellow

Monday, May 21, 2012

Jad and Robert wonder if maybe they could add to their color palette. Jay Neitz wondered the same thing, sort of. Take a monkey that can't see red, for example. Couldn't you just give them the red cones they were missing? So he took the human gene for red cones, ...

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Butterflies in the Belfry

Monday, April 23, 2012

Latif Nasser makes an unexpected discovery in a psych ward in Denmark--an unusual museum full of stunning artifacts. Read more, and check out a ton of photos.

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Transportation Nation

PHOTOS: Karachi Does Public Transportation With Style

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hundreds of minibuses get commuters around Pakistan’s bustling port city Karachi.

Ladies ride in the front section of Karachi's minibuses. (Photo by Mansoor Khan)

Since there is no other viable means of public transportation, the buses get packed fast and can be risky to ride since they don’t stop for passengers to get on and off and riders often have to pile up on top of the buses if there's no space in the bus cabin. These turn many Karachi locals off. But the vibrant good looks of the buses coupled with the fact that they are made by local artisans make Karachi buses the coolest form of public transportation I’ve seen to date.

This bus, made in 2008, has seen a few trips. (Photo by Abbie Fentress Swanson)

Karachi's minibuses  take months to decorate before they hit the road. First they are painted a base color. Then artisans cut eye-catching red, orange, blue, green and yellow plastic reflector sheets (chamak patti) into shapes -- like hearts, diamonds and flowers -- into small pieces with scissors. The shapes are then made into patterns, pictures or natural scenes -- waterfalls, mountains and peacocks are popular -- and affixed onto tin sheets that cover the bus exteriors.

Popular motifs include peacocks and stars. (Photo by Umair Mohsin/Flickr CC)

The names of bus operators or artists who decorated the buses -- Brothers, Princ Khan, VIP -- are often found on the vehicles, as are eyes that look out at passengers coming from behind. Other decor, such as chains with amulets, dangle from the front and back bus bumpers. Icing on the cake is flags, tassels and strings of beads.

This 2001 bus is operated by Brothers. (Photo by Abbie Fentress Swanson)

After you've seen the buses by day, take a drive through Karachi at night: that's when tiny lights on the buses are all lit up.

The Karachi W11 by night. (Photo by Mansoor Khan)

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Master Painters of India

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Curator John Guy discusses “Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition includes some 220 works selected according to identifiable hands and named artists, dispelling the notion of anonymity in Indian art. The high points of artistic innovation in the history of Indian painting are demonstrated through works by 40 of the greatest Indian painters, some of whom are identified for the first time.



Harlem Youth Paint Mural to Capture Flavor of the Neighborhood

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A group of 30 teenage artists from Harlem is telling the story of the neighborhood with a colorful mural dubbed "Magic with Logic."


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"St. Francis in the Desert" at the Frick

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Curator Susannah Rutherglen discusses Giovanni Bellini’s painting “St. Francis in the Desert,” a hallmark of the Frick Collection and one of the most important Italian Renaissance paintings in America. She’ll explain how X-radiography, infrared relectography, paint analysis, and surface examination have addressed questions about the painting’s subject, creation, and later alterations. In a “New Light: Bellini’s St. Francis in the Desert” is on view at the Frick Collection through August 28.

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Rembrandt and His School

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Colin Bailey, Associate Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at the Frick, discusses the exhibition “Rembrandt and His School: Masterworks from the Frick and Lugt Collections on view at the Frick Collection. It features familiar paintings—including a self-portrait recently cleaned and restored—along with Frick prints rarely shown, and a gallery of Rembrandt drawings brought from Europe. The exhibition is on view through May 15, and the drawing and prints on loan from the Lugt Collection will be on view through the May 22. 

The Frick is hosting a free "Rembrandt Night" on May 13, 6-9 pm.

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About Face

Friday, April 01, 2011

Oliver Sacks, the famous neuroscientist and author, can't recognize faces. Neither can Chuck Close, the great artist known for his enormous paintings of...that's right, faces. 

Oliver and Chuck--both born with the condition known as Face Blindness--have spent their lives decoding who is saying hello to them. You can sit ...

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The Art and Life of Lee Krasner

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Art historian Gail Levin talks about the life and art of Lee Krasner and her marriage to Jackson Pollock. Lee Krasner: A Biography examines how she struggled with poverty and her husband's alcoholism and extramarital affairs while encouraging his art, which she skillfully managed to market. Levin also looks at how Lee Krasner’s life influenced her own work as an artist.

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