Latest from Philip Kennicott

Washington’s rising Frederick Douglass bridge lifts the human spirit

The new bridge features elegant arches and space for walkers and cyclists to appreciate the waterfront.
  • Apr 13, 2021

What should a coronavirus memorial look like? This powerful statement on gun violence offers a model.

The pandemic, like other open wounds, must be remembered with an “open” memorial.
  • Apr 9, 2021

Washington is a city of great bridges and terrible bridges. These are their stories.

The new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge rising over the Anacostia is setting a higher standard.
  • Apr 1, 2021

Faith Ringgold is an artist, an activist and a prophet. But that’s only scratching the surface.

An exhibition of the pioneering African American artist’s work will be on display at Glenstone when it reopens April 8.
  • Mar 31, 2021

How 20 years of conflict have reshaped Afghanistan’s capital and life in it

At the center of Kabul lies a heavily fortified district that is a mystery to most Afghans.
  • Mar 25, 2021

Helen Frankenthaler came from wealth and privilege. Her art transcends that.

In a new biography, critic Alexander Nemerov has written about an artist close to his heart.
  • Mar 19, 2021

Phillips Collection is turning 100 and showing what future of classic museums can be

A new exhibit reconfigures every gallery to prepare for the road ahead.
  • Mar 9, 2021

The Helix is a distraction. Amazon’s new headquarters will change more than just its Arlington neighborhood.

The glitzy, environmentally friendly building is only the tip of the corporate iceberg.
  • Feb 18, 2021

Trump made an arts commission all White, all male and almost entirely mediocre

The Biden administration should undo racial and ideological conformity at the Commission of Fine Arts.
  • Feb 11, 2021

The virus caused more than a pandemic. It set us all ablaze.

Every disease has a metaphor, and the one enveloping us now is all about friction, heat and irritation.
  • Feb 5, 2021