Mar 7, 2014 — It's time again for the show that people love to hate: the Whitney Biennial, an overview of American art. Critics often trash it, but as Karen Michel says, this year's showcase has a few surprises.
Feb 27, 2014 — Bill Watterson drew the poster for the upcoming documentary Stripped, a self-described "love letter" to comics. The project marks a break in Watterson's relatively anonymous post-Calvin life.
Feb 25, 2014 — Plans for man-made islands — designed by Rice University architecture students — have attracted the attention of one of the world's largest oil companies as a way to house way-offshore oil workers.
Feb 19, 2014 — The National Gallery of Art is named as a potential escape hatch for the oldest private art museum in Washington. The Corcoran Gallery has faced financial hurdles in recent years.
Feb 18, 2014 — The Miami New Times reports that local artist Maximo Caminero claimed he smashed the vase to protest the type of artists showcased at the newly opened Perez Art Museum Miami. He's been charged with criminal mischief. Ai, the Chinese artist and dissident, said the vandal's argument "doesn't make much sense."
Feb 17, 2014 — Remember the Sears kit houses from the early 1900s, ordered from a catalog and assembled on-site? Now, online designers around the world are building WikiHouses out of plywood pieces that fit together like a puzzle. No nails, no fasteners, no adhesives. Just slot-together joints and the Internet.
Feb 16, 2014 — The first generation of animators to attend Walt Disney's California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s is profiled in Vanity Fair magazine. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Nancy Beiman, who was part of that first class.
Feb 15, 2014 — For 50 years, Ebony magazine toured traveling fashion shows around the country. The models knew how to captivate from the catwalk and helped fashion the dreams and aspirations of the black women who flocked to their shows.
Feb 14, 2014 — Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? Writer Graham Hill makes the case for taking up less space.
Feb 12, 2014 — Forget high-tech gadgets that are supposed to make your life easier. Today, we're writing about ... Nothing. Pim de Graaff, a copywriter from Amsterdam, creates handmade black wooden blocks called Nothing to remind you that you already have enough stuff.