The Style Blog: art


Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 04/04/2014

More paintings from the Bush atelier

George Bush unveils his paintings on ‘Today Show’

By Philip Kennicott  |  01:32 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014

After an art attack on Ai Wei Wei works: Hirshhorn leader discusses the line between art and vandalism

Hirshhorn’s interim director discusses destruction after a disgruntled artist at the Perez Art Museum broke a vase by a Chinese dissident artist.

By Philip Kennicott  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 02/11/2014

The President takes a moment to view Edward Hopper paintings

What do photographs of presidents in solitude say?

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:12 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 02/07/2014

An American icon goes public

Jefferson described this “most sublime of Nature’s works.” Now, an American icon goes public.

By Philip Kennicott  |  02:37 PM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 02/03/2014

The Franklin School: An Interview with Dani Levinas

Franklin Schoolhouse to be converted into space for the arts

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:56 PM ET, 02/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture, D.C.

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 01/31/2014

A Super Bowl Art Wager: Denver Wins

Tsuji Kako, Super Bowl, Art Wager, Seattle Art Museum, Frederic Remington

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:12 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Phillips Collection Dismisses Authors’ Claim that Van Goghs Were Forged

Authors in new book claim Phillips’ Van Gogh is fogery; Museum dispustes it.

By Philip Kennicott  |  03:49 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 01/30/2014

President Obama disses culture with “art history degree” punch line

President Obama disses Art History majors

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:45 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 01/22/2014

What’s in that image? Masterpieces like you’ve never seen them before

Van Gogh, Michaelangelo and more, like you’ve never seen them before

By Duncan Graham  |  01:28 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 12/17/2013

George Zimmerman’s Dog Whistle Art

George Zimmerman’s painting of an American flag for sale on EBay.

By Philip Kennicott  |  04:07 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Portland brings the (Francis) Bacon

Portland Museum of Art to display most expensive painting sold at auction -- a triptych by Francis Bacon.

By Philip Kennicott  |  11:28 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Museums

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Progress in Detroit

DIA seeks financial help from foundations to save its art.

By Philip Kennicott  |  02:01 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 12/13/2013

Support for “Kunsthalle” proposal grows

Key players line up to support Franklin School as ‘Kunsthalle’ arts space.

By Philip Kennicott  |  12:57 PM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture, Music

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Snowflakes, it turns out, are only occasionally beautiful

Are snowflakes really beautiful? Or is it our natural inclination to find beauty where there is only randomness and disorder?

By Philip Kennicott  |  10:20 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture

Posted at 08:01 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Billy Joel, Buddy Guy on the Kennedy Center Honors red carpet

Before Honors recipients Martina Arroyo, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, Shirley MacLaine and Carlos Santana were feted at the Kennedy Center, a stream of actors, journalists and past honorees walked the red carpet.

By Style staff  |  08:01 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Kennedy Center Honors, Music

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 12/04/2013

How NOT to sell Detroit’s Art

Museums should look at the sad story of Detroit and figure out a way to avoid putting art in peril.

By Philip Kennicott  |  10:32 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 11/27/2013

For art lovers, Detroit is a tale of two cities

Detroit center of debate over importance of art.

By Philip Kennicott  |  01:57 PM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Critic's Notebook, Culture

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky Nails It

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky, the 29-year-old man who nailed his scrotum to the paving stones in Red Square last Sunday, it seems is perfectly sane.

By Philip Kennicott  |  04:43 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Alex Rivera, Philip Kennicott debate Washington Post review of ‘Our America’

Art critic Philip Kennicott’s review of a new exhibition at the Smithsonian, “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” ignited strong reactions from some Latino artists.

By Philip Kennicott  |  05:59 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 09/09/2013

New Van Gogh discovery brings excitement to the Phillips Collection

Coincidentally, a long-lost painting from Van Gogh is discovered right before the Phillips Collection exhibit on the Dutch painter.

By Emily Yahr  |  04:33 PM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Jay-Z turns 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' into performance art

One Song. Six Hours. Last night Jay-Z performed "Picasso Baby" as performance art at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea, New York.

By Veronica Toney  |  12:01 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Music

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Peeps as works of art

This year's Peeps Diorama Contest drew several entries that replicated fine art.

By Cara Kelly  |  01:25 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Equals sign mashup spreads like red wildfire

As that red math symbol became so Web-ubiquitous, the twists on the HRC logo sprang up irresistibly.

By Michael Cavna  |  12:29 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Media

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 03/15/2013

#RIPMetronome: A eulogy in Twitter meter

A eulogy in 17 tweets for a bygone technology.

By Katherine Boyle  |  11:09 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Music

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 03/13/2013

National Gallery of Art by the numbers

Tuesday's news that an ambitious renovation will transform the East Building of the National Gallery of Art came with lots of numbers.

By Lonnae O'Neal Parker  |  01:50 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Museums

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 03/11/2013

'Hunger Games' promo images borrow from classical portraiture

These images aren't your typical movie stills.

By Cara Kelly  |  07:07 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Movies

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Artwork falls at National Gallery of Art

Sol LeWitt's 'Wall Drawing #681 C' fell off the wall at the National Gallery of Art.

By Katherine Boyle  |  05:14 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art

Posted at 07:01 PM ET, 02/08/2013

The artistry of George W. Bush

Reviewing the amateur paintings of former President George W. Bush isn't the same as, say, reviewing the saxophone playing of Bill Clinton.

By Philip Kennicott  |  07:01 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Media

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 02/08/2013

In defense of the 'Hirshhorn bubble'

Skeptics fear the addition is a distraction from the core mission of the museum, but what happens inside the bubble will be the ultimate test of whether it was a good idea.

By Philip Kennicott  |  12:11 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Media

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Art Basel Miami: Where GIFs get legit

An exhibit curated by leading creatives showcases the GIF as art form.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:56 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 11:03 PM ET, 11/28/2012

‘Soundsuits’ sculptor Nick Cave performs at the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies 50th anniversary celebration

State Department’s Art in Embassies program celebrates 50th anniversary with 20 artists, including Cave.

By Winyan Soo Hoo  |  11:03 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nick cave, state department, art in embassies

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Letter from Dwight D. Eisenhower’s son disapproves of proposed memorial design

A letter from Dwight D. Eisenhower’s son suggests proposed memorial design is “too extravagant.”

By Philip Kennicott  |  06:44 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture, Art

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 10/08/2012

Rothko painting vandalized at the Tate Modern

“Red on Maroon” is one of the works that inspired the Tony Award-winning play “Red.”

By Maura Judkis  |  01:28 PM ET, 10/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Street artist JR to install mural on 14th Street

The French artist, winner of the TED Prize, is known for his large-scale installations around the world.

By Maura Judkis  |  03:40 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 09/19/2012

‘Monument to the Unelected’ salutes political losers

Nina Katchadourian’s exhibit, on display in the front window of the Washington Post building, pays tribute to losing candidates.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:18 PM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 07/05/2012

San Diego fireworks fail is unintentional art

A technical glitch caused all of a San Diego fireworks display’s pyrotechnics to go off at the same time.

By Maura Judkis  |  09:24 AM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 07/03/2012

VeraCruz brings street art indoors: New gallery opens July 10

A new art space near U Street will feature large-scale murals from street artists.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:38 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Flemish art, back to the future — and viral

Several photographers have looked to found objects to recreate 16th and 17th century Flemish and Dutch art — and have been met with viral success.

By Maura Judkis  |  01:21 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Lindsay Lohan at Art Basel — and other celebrities who have starred in video art

David Bowie, Lady Gaga and James Franco also dabbled in the art world

By Maura Judkis  |  05:31 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 06/13/2012

David Brooks’s criticism of Eisenhower memorial design falls short

The New York Times op-ed piece is lazy on multiple levels.

By Philip Kennicott  |  09:48 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 05/21/2012

National Gallery to exhibit Barnett Newman

By Lonnae O'Neal Parker  |  05:59 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 05/15/2012

‘Smile’: Video by ‘Marcel the Shell’ director examines how we say ‘cheese’

The short film about posing for a photo is reminiscent of Warhol’s “Screen Tests.”

By Maura Judkis  |  10:41 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 05/14/2012

A snapshot of life on ADAY.org

Professional and amateur photographers around the world are taking a photo that represents a slice of life on May 15, 2012.

By Maura Judkis  |  04:13 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art, culture

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Windows Into DC: Cultural Couture highlights the art and fashion of Washington neighborhoods

Convention center shows off neighborhoods’ flavor

By Lonnae O'Neal Parker  |  04:52 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 05/10/2012

‘Before I Die’ couple’s ‘grand exit’: How they installed the wall

Sophie Miller and Dan Meredith never intended for people to know they were the duo behind the public art project.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:38 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 07:33 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Thomas Kinkade’s death ruled an accidental overdose

The “Painter of Light” faced problems with alcohol abuse in his final years.

By Maura Judkis  |  07:33 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 05/03/2012

‘The Scream’ sets $119.9 million record: Why we’re drawn to its tortured psychology

More than 100 years alter, here’s why Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” still resonates.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:12 AM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 04/27/2012

With descriptive camera, a picture is worth a dozen or so words

A new camera describes what it sees through its viewfinder.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:11 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 04/26/2012

The 5x5 public art project organizes a bus tour this Saturday

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has organized a bus tour Saturday of the 5x5 Project exhibits, leaving from Arena Stage at 11 a.m.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:25 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The 5x5 project, public art in Washington, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Cherry Blossom Festival

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 04/23/2012

National Gallery of Art extends hours for Ito Jakuchu paintings’ final weekend

The National Gallery of Art extends hours for “Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Ito Jakuchu” during its final weekend.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  03:03 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Gallery of Art, Ito Jakuchu, extended hours for Jakuchu

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Photo of Muslim woman holding bra sparks free expression controversy

A Canadian art student’s photo of a Muslim woman holding a bra was ripped off the wall, sparking commentary from the Saudi Arabian government.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:27 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 04/10/2012

William H. Johnson “Flowers” stamp debuts

Looking for inspiration for the perfect flower arrangement? Look no further than “Flowers,” by William H. Johnson, a painter whose bouquet appears Wednesday on a new postal stamp.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:02 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  William H. Johnson, U.S. Postal Service, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Morgan State University

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Google Art goes East; India hopes it will clean up their museums’ acts

India hopes the Google Art Project will clean up their museums’ acts.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  01:06 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 04/10/2012

Thomas Kinkade paintings selling swiftly: What buyers should know

The language of editioned prints, and the story behind Thomas Kinkade’s factory.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:07 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art, Thomas Kinkade

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 04/06/2012

G-40 brings ‘New Brow’ art to Richmond streets

A D.C. gallery brings its street art show to Richmond — will the third time be a charm?

By Maura Judkis  |  11:16 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 04/05/2012

National Gallery adds Simon Hantai painting and more Warhol

The National Gallery of Art has added its first painting by Simon Hantai, the reclusive abstract artist.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:09 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Gallery of Art, Simon Hantai, Andy Warhol, Robert Heinecken

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Elizabeth Catlett: a source of inspiration and distinctive art

The inspirational sculptor who died Monday in Mexico, had many links to Washington and returned many times to unveil work, mentor students and share her life-stories.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:11 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elizabeth Catlett, African American artist, Washington, D.C. artist, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, National museum of Women in the Arts

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Instagram on Android: Tips for using the instantly popular app

The photo-sharing and filtering app gained 1 million Android users.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:47 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Google Art Project expands right into the White House

Street View technology gets put to use, allowing viewers to take virtual tour and zoom in on tiniest details.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google Art Project, White House, Michelle Obama, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Peep at these works of art

Peep artists created dioramas based on famous works of art for our annual Peep contest.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:03 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Open Walls Baltimore: Street art to revitalize a neighborhood

A festival is bringing in international street artists to paint abandoned Baltimore facades.

By Maura Judkis  |  08:52 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 04/02/2012

With 1940 Census release, a look at the decade’s art, music and style

Nostalgia for big band music, oxford shoes and “The Philadelphia Story.”

By Maura Judkis  |  04:02 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture, music, fashion, art

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 03/30/2012

“5 x 5”: On view on a street near you

The public art festival includes 25 installations, created by local, national and international artists, in various locations.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  03:23 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Classic paintings, cubed: Artist Adam Lister’s video game-inspired art history

The artist‘s creates takes on the most famous paintings in art history using cubism and ... Atari.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:39 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Lorax statue stolen from Dr. Seuss’s widow

Now who will speak for the trees?

By Maura Judkis  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Habitat for Humanity’s Art for Humanity auction: Works still available

Check out some of the art from our Sunday feature about the charity auction.

By Katherine Boyle  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 03/27/2012

‘Frame of Mind’: Picture-within-picture viral video

A kicky video about a magic picture frame.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:06 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Hirshhorn ‘Bubble’ to be called Bloomberg Balloon

The public art project draws its name from a donation from Bloomberg LP.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:56 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art, architecture

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Constitution-burning Obama painting parodied by artist Dan Lacey

Lacey, known for his paintings of the president with a pancake on his head, does a serious spoof of a recent Jon McNaughton painting of Obama burning the Constitution.

By Maura Judkis  |  01:02 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art, Jon McNaughton, Dan Lacey

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 03/23/2012

New Van Gogh painting discovered

A painting attributed to an anonymous artist is actually by Vincent Van Gogh.

By Maura Judkis  |  09:28 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art, Vincent Van Gogh

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Artist depicts Obama burning Constitution

Artist Jon McNaughton continues his tradition of paintings that inspire conservatives.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:51 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Brooklyn artist proposes massive spider for Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn artist Leon Reid IV wants to install a spider the size of one of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade balloons on the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge in time for Halloween 2014.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:59 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, N.Y., public art, spider project, Leon Reid IV

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 03/19/2012

‘The Art of Video Games’ draws crowds, costumed visitors

The opening weekend of ‘The Art of Video Games’ at the Smithsonian American Art Museum attracted 18,000 people.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  04:33 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Art of Video Games, Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Hideo Kojima

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Ronald Reagan’s doodles in Margaret Thatcher’s collection

Thatcher kept Reagan’s scribblings from the 1981 G7.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:58 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 03/15/2012

National Gallery of Art opens collections online

The National Gallery of Art has developed a new online resource called NGA Images that allows anybody to download more than 20,000 images.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  07:00 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Musuem, National Gallery of Art NGA Images

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Gary Vikan, a national arts leader, will leave Walters Art Museum

Gary Vikan, an influential museum and arts leader, announced Tuesday he is leaving the Walters Art Museum after 18 years as director.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gary Vikan, Walters Art Museum

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 03/06/2012

The Smithsonian purchases an important Brumidi

John Kelly described how the Smithsonian American Art Museum bid successfully for Brumidi’s “The Apotheosis of Washington.”

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  04:32 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Smithsonian, Smithsonian American Art Museum, John Kelly, Constantino Brumidi

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Eleanor Callahan, photographic muse for Harry Callahan, dies at 95

The photographic muse for Harry Callahan dies at 95

By Philip Kennicott  |  11:01 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Museums, National Gallery

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Occupy calls for end of Whitney Biennial

The Occupiers object to the art world’s connections to the one percent.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:12 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Occupy Wall Street, Occupy protest, Art, Museums

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 02/22/2012

‘The Scream’ for sale: When it was silenced

A Washington Post critic reflects on the 1994 theft of a version of one of the world’s most famous paintings.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:55 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Smithsonian links Civil Rights movement, American art on new Web site

The Smithsonian is introducing a new Web site called “Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights through American Art at the Smithsonian.”

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:30 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Romare Bearden, Civil Rights Movement, American art

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 02/14/2012

President Obama requests $857 million for the Smithsonian

In the fiscal 2013 federal budget request, the Smithsonian Institution is requesting funds for the old and the new.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  11:06 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, federal budget 2013, arts funding, Smithsonian Institution, National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, Rocco Landesman, Donald Trump, National Gallery of Art

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 07/18/2011

Poussin Painting Vandalized in London; ‘Great Hall of American Wonders’ Exhibition Opens at Smithsonian

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By Katherine Boyle  |  07:56 AM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 06/16/2011

Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress Gets an Audience; ‘Follies’ Heads North to Broadway

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By Katherine Boyle  |  08:37 AM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 06/01/2011

James Franco’s Art Installation Is Postponed; Steve Martin Was Victim of Art Forgery Ring

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By Katherine Boyle  |  08:37 AM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 03/02/2011

(e)merge art fair opens applications

The application process for artists who want to compete for places in the new (e)merge art fair has started. The fair, which takes place Sept. 22-25 in Washington, is one of the few art events that will showcase new artists...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:45 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Jacqueline Trescott, Local Arts and Culture | Tags:  (e)merge art fair, Helen Allen, Jamie Smith, Leigh Conner, Mera Rubell, Washington art fair, contemporary art

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Work on East Building to begin in March

As planned, the National Gallery of Art will begin removing and reinstalling the 33-year-old veneer of the East Building in March. The East Building, the landmark design of esteemed architect I. M. Pei, will remain open during the three-year project.When...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott | Tags:  East Building of National Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art, museum repairs

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Corcoran and Carr Properties Team Up

The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design is leasing its adjacent property, for years an empty lot or parking lot, to a prominent developer who will pay rent to the deficit-ridden Corcoran This new income stream...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:00 PM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott | Tags:  Carr Properties, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Fred Bollerer, museums in Washington

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 12/07/2010

Va. woman sells Lichtenstein work for $128,700

Enid Liess, with "The Statesman" by Roy Lichtenstein. (Courtesy Quinn's Auction Galleries) The "Statesman," a 1951 painting by Roy Lichtenstein, which was out-of-public view for 45 years, was sold on Saturday for $128,700. The story of the painting, which was...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:30 PM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott | Tags:  Enid Liess, Jerry Liess, Roy Lichtenstein, art auction, art auction in Northern Virginia

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 12/03/2010

AAMD Criticizes Portrait Gallery's Action

The Association of Art Museum Directors, which oversees practices in North American museums and develops guidelines for art museums, issued a response Friday to the controversy at the National Portrait Gallery. The Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institution, removed a...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:30 PM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott, Jacqueline Trescott | Tags:  Association of Art Museum Directors, national portrait gallery

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 12/02/2010

Emerging Artists to Grab the Spotlight

In the last decade Leigh Conner has witnessed the increased interest in Washington in new artists. And she has been right in the middle of the developments. Along with Jamie Smith, she founded Conner Contemporary, a gallery that looks for...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  07:00 PM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art | Tags:  (e)merge art fair, Conner Contemporary, Helen Allen, Jamie Smith, Leigh Conner, Mera Rubell

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 11/12/2010

National Gallery Gets a Gift of Decorative Arts

Although the National Gallery of Art is not the usual destination for decorative arts, a gift of important American furniture will likely change that notion in the next few years. The Gallery announced Friday that George M. and Linda H....

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:01 AM ET, 11/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Design, Design, Design | Tags:  Early American Furniture, George and Linda Kaufman, National Gallery of Art, gift to National Gallery

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/10/2010

Extended Hours for Rockwell

The crowds at the Norman Rockwell show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum have prompted the museum to extend its hours during the upcoming holidays. Since "Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg," opened...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 09/21/2010

Art, or science -- or both? An artist talks on physics at G Fine Art

By Blake Gopnik A pretty woman writing love letters, as a demonstration in quantum physics? The same woman balanced on a lazy susan, to make a point about gravity? Julia Oldham's charming videos, now on show at G Fine...

By Blake Gopnik  |  06:35 PM ET, 09/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Blake Gopnik | Tags:  G Fine Art, Washington Galleries, video art