Art & Design

Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum
December 16, 2014 | NPR · The American artist starts by taking dozens of photos of the same thing. Then he paints it, staying as faithful to photos as he can. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has an exhibition of his work.
 

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December 14, 2014 | NPR · In Shikeith Cathey’s short film, faceless strangers answer questions like “What makes you happy?” and “Do you cry?” The artist says, “These questions, as simple as they are … they aren’t discussed.”
 

Cooper Hewitt
December 12, 2014 | NPR · The design museum is housed in a historic building, but it has been remade into one of the country’s most technologically advanced museums. Officials hope it attracts younger visitors — and donors.
 

From YouTube
December 5, 2014 | NPR · When visual tricksters play with perception, things are not always what they seem.
 

NPR
December 5, 2014 | NPR · Jose de Diego Middle School has large expanses of facade that are almost begging for decoration. To raise funds for arts education at the school, artists are helping transform its walls with paint.
 

Collection Martin Z. Margulies
December 3, 2014 | NPR · Every December, tens of thousands of visitors descend on Miami. But they aren’t there for the beaches; they’re there for Art Basel, a giant art fair that private collectors helped lure to the city.
 

Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
November 28, 2014 | NPR · Actress Mae West was petite, but on screen — thanks to a pair of platform shoes — she looked larger than life. A show in Boston examines the fashion and jewelry of Hollywood’s golden age.
 

November 25, 2014 | NPR · The Celtic knot — a pattern of interlocking lines — is centuries old, carved into ancient stones all over Ireland. But that tattoo on your biceps? Like the fortune cookie, American born and bred.
 

Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles
November 22, 2014 | NPR · A photographer’s journey along the U.S.-Mexico border turned up dramatic images of lost possessions. Those found items were later made into instruments that sound just like that desolate landscape.
 

Courtesy of Peter Milton
November 16, 2014 | VPR · After his diagnosis, Peter Milton wasn’t about to abandon art; but he did feel he had to abandon color. Today he says he finds black and white to be “fully more elegant than color.”
 

 

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News

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Jeff Williams, the tech giant’s vice president for operations, told British-based employees that Apple has done more than any other company to ensure fair and safe working conditions.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · The Olympic gold medal winner gets no jail time for second conviction for drunk driving. He’ll be able to train for Rio with his 18-month supervised probation.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That’s a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.
 

Arts & Life

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That’s a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · The biopic of landscape painter J. M. W. Turner depicts a man whose mind is barely engaged by anything other than his work. He’s a mystery, and his art is magically indefinite — just like the movie.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She talks about preparing for that role and how her perceptions of herself have changed over the years.
 

Music

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Three decades after her first interview with him, Fiona Ritchie meets up with the Scottish musician, who’s known for a long career with the legendary Battlefield Band.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · In a 2001 session, Shearing and host Marian McPartland reminisce about seasons gone by and play holiday songs, including “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Away In A Manger.”
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · A dancer’s desperate and purposeful choreography was shot in locations all over London using one-point perspective, a powerful accompaniment to this poetic post-hardcore track.
 

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