In 2007, artist Lonni Sue Johnson contracted viral encephalitis, leading to severe brain damage and amnesia. But language and crossword puzzles have unlocked Johnson's ability to remember how to play the viola and create simpler, childlike art — and that intrigues scientists at Johns Hopkins University.
Some of the most creative thinkers of the 20th century lived, worked and played at the Chelsea. Now, the building has been sold and just a handful of longtime residents remain. Still, it is a building with a "life force," says 20-year resident Scott Griffin.
The story of America's rise on the global art scene has mostly taken place in New York — but now Los Angeles wants in on the narrative. Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented artistic collaboration with one grand theme in mind: the birth of the L.A. art scene from 1945 to 1980.
Claes Oldenburg unveils his latest outdoor sculpture — a giant paintbrush — outside the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia this weekend. At first, Oldenburg's giant clothespins and spoons made him a target for ridicule. But now you can find examples of his work all over the world. And like all of his work, it's intended to provoke a response.
The National Gallery of Art showcases 80 early-'60s Andy Warhol works, all on the theme of newspapers and celebrity. In prints, paintings and drawings, the pop-art icon methodically reproduced tabloid headlines, interrogating the relationship between publications and their readers.
On Sunday, the National Gallery of Art opens Warhol: Headlines, an exhibit of the late artist's works depicting the front pages of American newspapers. Host Scott Simon tells us more about how Andy Warhol regarded the news business.
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