Art & Artists

Eadweard Muybridge, Boys Playing Leapfrog

A Curator Hunts Down the American Photography Collection of Her Dreams

A curator hunts down the American photography collection of her dreams

Hanging scroll

For These Precious Scrolls, Aged Glue and 'Damage Maps'

Not to mention patience, as 40 of them go from the Freer Gallery to six workshops in Japan to undergo a complete overhaul

National Museum of the American Indian

A New Vision for a Museum on the Mall

Architect Douglas Cardinal hopes to realize his plan for making the National Museum of the American Indian into a Washington landmark


Tools as Art

Welcome to the Hechinger Collection, where hammers are brittle, saws never get old and wrenches mimic baby birds


Package Design: the Art of Selling, All Wrapped Up

When competition for customers' attention gets ferocious, that bottle, carton or can is a lot more than just another pretty face


Around the Mall & Beyond

Protecting museum treasures - paintings by the masters, the delicate wings of a tropical beetle - requires the strictest climate control, right?

Fabergé Winter-Egg

Fabergé's Labor of Love: A Case of Cherchez la Femme

After a spectacular collection was given to a Paris museum, the story emerged of how a princess kept the flame of love burning


When France Was Home to African-American Artists

Everything was open to them in postwar Paris, as a new exhibit in New York proves


The Art Treasures of China Are on the Road Once More

For years they were shuttled from one hiding place to another to escape the Japanese and then the Communists - now they're coming here


Rediscovering an Idaho Photographer

From 1895 to 1912 in her Pocatello studio, Benedicte Wrensted produced telling portraits of Northern Shoshone and Bannock Indians


Walk This Trail to See What Inspired the American Impressionist Painters

Bought on a whim for the price of a painting, J. Alden Weir's farm, now a National Historic Site, became a place to redefine American art


They're Holding On: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

Long ago, they found a talent or a cause, a way of life or a way of work, then stuck with it—and said to hell with what other people think


Around the Mall & Beyond

Alan Fern, director of the National Portrait Gallery, offers his insights on the art of reading a portrait


The Strange and Inscrutable Case of Ezra Pound

The expatriate American poet returned home in ignominy, and the postwar world watched as a literary giant was charged with treason


Itchiku Kubota's Fascination With an Ancient Textile Art

The Japanese master has devoted his life to reviving a long-lost technique of fabric design and to creating handcrafted kimonos of lasting beauty


Time Stands Still in the Harmonious World of Vermeer

It's a must-see show at the National Gallery of Art; not since 1696 have so many of his paintings been brought together in one place


Now Playing in Academe: the King of Rock'n'Roll

At the University of Mississippi, the first annual International Conference on Elvis Presley brought together fans and scholars


Winslow Homer, the Quintessential American Artist

He would chronicle it all the Civil War, the schoolyard games, the raging coast of Maine yet the man remained a mystery to the end


Steam Locomotives Steal the Spotlight

Photographer O. Winston Link documented the final days of steam engines on the Norfolk and Western Railway, the last main line to use them


Making a Dent in the Trafficking of Stolen Art

From their modest Manhattan digs, Constance Lowenthal and her staff do their best to foil the criminals who swipe treasures for a living

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