Art & Artists


When Light Meets Water: Monet on the Mediterranean

The famous sculptor in 1925.

Aristide Maillol: The Sculptor, The Man and His Muse

The eminent artist's last model, Dina Vierny, has dedicated herself to preserving and perpetuating the legacy of his life's work


Just Another Day on the Sidewalks of New York


Ziggedy Bop! Tap Dance Is Back on Its Feet

It's been a mainstay of stage and screen; now after years in revival, a truly American art form returns full force, with energy and innovation

Grain Elevators [drawing] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

A Heartland Artist Who Broke the Old Regionalist Mold

Two current exhibitions prove that, although Charles Burchfield's watercolors are set in specific places, these works know no boundaries


Around the Mall & Beyond

Doghouses, lace, luggage, wallpaper, backpacking tents. Since 1897, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has been amazing us


The Object at Hand

Even as a bust, the real king of Siam turns out to be a more complex chap than the bald-headed caricature made famous by Yul Brynner and others


The Faith of the Byzantine World Is Alive at the Met

There was no room for doubt in the Second Golden Age, as embodied in the ivories, enamels, jewels, silks and other treasures


Smithsonian Highlights

A History of Women Photographers

A Traveling Exhibition On Women Photographers Doesn't Skirt the Issue

For Jacques Torres, the Highest Art Is a Piece of Cake

Sugar in all forms seduces our sweet tooth from the first taste, but in the hands of a premiere pastry chef it becomes magical

Joseph the Carpenter, 1642, Louvre

From Darkness Into Light: Rediscovering Georges De La Tour

Long forgotten after his death in 1652, he is now embraced by the French as an icon; an exhibition touring this country shows why


Our Old Reliables, Still Rolling On Scross the Years

Whether they are yet hauling hay and Little Leaguers, or have been retired from duty, vintage pickups have won America's heart


Transforming the Beauty of Skeletons Into Architecture

Inspired by nature in motion, Spanish-born Santiago Calatrava will create his first U.S. project for the Milwaukee Art Museum

Dancers, 1900, Princeton University Art Museum

Edgar Degas's Last Years—Making Art That Danced

An exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago proves that, contrary to popular wisdom, the Impressionist master just kept getting better


The Object at Hand

Edmonia Lewis' masterwork, a portrayal of Cleopatra at the moment of death, included stints in a Chicago saloon and as a grave marker for a racehorse

The Artrain in 2006

An Art Museum That Can Go Wherever the Railroads Run

It started in 1971 in Michigan; now, Artrain is on a three-year nationwide tour, bringing an exhibition from the Smithsonian to 100 towns


When Cubism Met the Decorative Arts in France

From side tables to the dazzling dress designs of Sonia Delaunay, a new exhibition at the Portland Museum in Maine surveys the scene


The Refined Art of Picturing Natural History

An exhibition showcasing works by members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators opens at the Smithsonian's Ripley Center


I Owe Them a Lot; They Taught Me the Love of Work

From boilermaking to fixing up an angel's wing, Les Compagnons hone marketable skills in a medieval brotherhood brought up to date

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