In the galleries: Striking Chinese art by a father-daughter collaboration

A father and daughter explore the nuances of Chinese art, an artist uses a poem to tie her paintings together, an exhibit of abstract paintings made on-site in Morocco, and an exhibit by women artists offers a range of distinctive works.

By Mark JenkinsJune 2, 2023

In 1898, the U.S. was entranced by empire. The legacy lingers.

A Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery exhibition explores the U.S. imperial ventures of 1898.

By Philip KennicottJune 2, 2023

Watching over the watchers

They didn’t allow cameras in the Met in the 1950s. But sneaky photographer Jim Gagnon got lucky.

By Sebastian SmeeJune 1, 2023

Forget ‘Immersive Van Gogh.’ These exhibitions are the real thing.

America’s greatest museums — the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago — have mounted major van Gogh shows this spring.

By Sebastian SmeeJune 1, 2023

Climate protesters indicted for smearing paint around case of Degas statue

Edgar Degas’s “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” sculpture in the National Gallery of Art was covered in black and red paint following the April protest.

By Ellie SilvermanMay 26, 2023

In the galleries: Artists imagine red in images from brutal to banal

Another iteration of a gallery's "Focus Group" series, celebrating Japanese craftsmanship, an exhibit entices visitors to interact with objects and an artist explores Ethiopia's culture.

By Mark JenkinsMay 26, 2023

Simone Leigh’s star turn in Venice returns stateside

Sculptor Simone Leigh dazzled at the Venice Biennale. Her works begin a national tour in Boston.

By Sebastian SmeeMay 25, 2023

A great painter’s novel attempt to compete with literature

Edgar Degas’s early masterpiece "Interior" evoked a scene that was ahead of its time and beyond mere words.

By Sebastian SmeeMay 24, 2023

‘Ellsworth Kelly at 100’: Sensational in more ways than one

At Glenstone, Museum, a showcase of the late Ellsworth Kelly’s rich, lustrous shaped canvases that delight in the play of color.

By Kriston CappsMay 19, 2023

In the galleries: Collaborations woven with wisdom, mischief and generosity

Celebrating an artist's innovative collaborations, an ironic look at photographic "erasures," works of minimalism with bold color and a physician-artist takes on issues associated with childbirth.

By Mark JenkinsMay 19, 2023

Why do great artists paint food? Two critics hash it out.

The Washington Post's Philip Kennicott and Tom Sietsema looked at art that depicts food. It was a feast of signs and symbols.

By Philip Kennicott and Tom SietsemaMay 18, 2023

This enslaved man would become famous for a portrait — and his own art

Juan de Pareja was once enslaved to Diego Velazquez. After he gained his freedom, the Afro-Hispanic painter forged his own path.

By Philip KennicottMay 18, 2023

The woman who danced her way to abstraction

Sonia Delaunay-Terk wanted her abstract designs to merge with every aspect of life.

By Sebastian SmeeMay 17, 2023

A watery mythological realm is given flesh at the Smithsonian

At the National Museum of African Art, Ayana V. Jackson’s “From the Deep” explores the fable of Drexciya, the aquatic homeland of descendants of enslaved women.

By Mark JenkinsMay 17, 2023

Trump’s PAC funded Smithsonian portraits though individual donors were suggested, emails show

Emails reviewed by The Washington Post shed more details on a controversial move by the Smithsonian to accept $650,000 from a Trump PAC for his presidential portrait, though individual donors were apparently willing to step up.

By Amy B Wang and Mariana AlfaroMay 16, 2023

Two Rembrandt portraits, overlooked for nearly 200 years, are unearthed

The small, oval-shaped paintings were last seen in 1824, when they were privately purchased. "They're extraordinary," said the auctioneer who rediscovered them.

By Leo SandsMay 15, 2023

In the galleries: An inspiring annual student showcase of art and media

Graduating students participate in an annual arts festival, two artists' takes on landscapes, an exhibit focuses on the threatened blue crab and an interactive show keyed to music and video.

By Mark JenkinsMay 12, 2023

A minimalist masterpiece with profound implications

This elegant work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres of two clocks, at the Wadsworth Atheneum, is a devastating meditation on love and death.

By Sebastian SmeeMay 11, 2023

A fantastically fresh look at Georgia O’Keeffe

A new exhibition of O’Keeffe’s works on paper, at the Museum of Modern Art, reveals much about her creative processes.

By Sebastian SmeeMay 11, 2023

‘Afrofuturism’ navigates past, present and future of Black experience

Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture examines history through the lens of the imagination.

By DeNeen L. BrownMay 10, 2023