Art & Design

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · Let’s say you’re not a millionaire but you’re still interested in buying affordable art from the comfort of your living room. There’s now a burgeoning business of selling mid-priced art online.
 

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May 22, 2015 | NPR · The Brooklyn Museum’s mid-career Wiley retrospective wraps up this week; his large, elaborate works depict black men and women in traditional forms like oil, bronze sculture and even stained glass.
 

Freer Sackler Gallery
May 21, 2015 | NPR · 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.
 

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May 19, 2015 | NPR · At 86, Jules Feiffer has drawn comic strips, written books and plays, and is now experimenting with graphic novels. A new compilation, Out of Line, takes an extensive look at his many careers.
 

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May 18, 2015 | NPR · The Iranian-born visual artist has made her home country’s turbulent history the subject of high art. The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., is hosting a retrospective of her work.
 

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May 15, 2015 | NPR · The painting belonged to renowned art dealer Paul Rosenberg, who fled the Nazis in 1940. The story of its recovery reads like a historical crime novel.
 

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May 14, 2015 | NPR · The building was damaged during the Ebola outbreak. How do you welcome kids back? That’s the challenge that a team of street artists faced.
 

LaToya Ruby Frazier
May 13, 2015 | NPR · LaToya Ruby Frazier’s photography tells the story of the black community living in the shadow of Andrew Carnegie’s first steel mill through portraits of her grandmother, her mother and herself.
 

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May 13, 2015 | NPR · 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.’”
 

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May 12, 2015 | NPR · For decades, the museum was housed in a concrete fortress with few windows. Its new home offers striking views of the Manhattan skyline, but critics say the design draws attention away from the art.
 

 

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May 24, 2015 | WESA · In polluted Pittsburgh, a new device from a local university helps residents assess indoor air. It’s not the only monitor on the market — but is the only one available to borrow from a public library.
 

May 24, 2015 | NPR · The great mathematician, whose accomplishments and struggle with schizophrenia were depicted in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, died with his wife, Alice, in a car accident on Saturday. “His suffering, I know, was real,” says University of Chicago economist Roger Myerson. “But he was touched by glory.”
 

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · Eva Kor, who was held at Auschwitz and recently testified against former Nazi guard Oskar Groening, says that when a victim chooses to forgive, they take the power back from their tormentors.
 

Arts & Life

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · “I’ve never accused myself of being manly,” Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.
 

The Kobal Collection
May 24, 2015 | NPR · Actor Kenneth Choi is best known as the boisterous Chester Ming in The Wolf of Wall Street. Growing up in Chicago, acting was his passion, but his dad didn’t approve. So he ran away — to Hollywood.
 

May 24, 2015 | NPR · Every answer is the name of a famous, one-named singer like Madonna or Beyoncé. Identify each one from its anagram, to which one extra letter is added. The singers are a mix of past and present.
 

Music

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · Madisen Ward and his mother, Ruth Ward—better known as Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear—have been performing together for six years, but have only recently begun to attract national attention.
 

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · Experimental artist Holly Herndon, who mashes up collected sounds, dance music and pop, reflects on society’s relationship with technology on her new album, Platform.
 

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · The polymath pianist and composer has released three new albums — including a recording of his own Mass, whose writing was interrupted by a disastrous car accident.
 

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