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With Powerful Murals, Hale Woodruff Paved The Way For African-American Artists

The pioneering African-American artist and teacher is the subject of not one but two exhibitions in Kansas City. His great nephew Shawn Hughes remembers him as reserved but with "an awesome presence."

In 'Drawing Blood,' A Life Of Art And Action

Artist Molly Crabapple's lavishly illustrated memoir chronicles her youth in New York and her work illustrating the Occupy Wall Street movement, protests in Greece and everyday life in Syria.

Hidden For Decades, Pollocks, Rothkos And More Go On Display In Iran

Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art has a spectacular collection of 20th century Western art. But until now, most of it has been locked away in a vault since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Japanese Illustrator Shigeru Mizuki Dies At 93

One of Japan's most beloved illustrators has died. Shigeru Mizuki always loved to draw, but it wasn't until he was in his 40s that he began to publish his most important work.

Boston Museum Exhibit Celebrates Legacy Of Black Mountain College

Black Mountain College was only open for 24 years, but it helped foment the work of several artists, musicians, dancers and filmmakers, including John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Cy Twombly. Now it's the subject of the first major museum retrospective at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art.

Where's This Painting? 30 Years After Its Theft, Nobody Knows

On the day after Thanksgiving 1985, a man and a woman walked into the University of Arizona art museum and walked out with Willem de Kooning's Woman — Ochre. An empty frame still hangs in its place.

Let them Eat Sugar Sculpture! The Getty Celebrates Edible Table Art

The party animals of Europe made festive, elaborate centerpieces from food from medieval times through the 18th century. Among the most notable of their table art traditions is the sugar monument.

Correction: World's Largest Jigsaw Puzzle

On Wednesday's program, NPR misidentified the gigantic jigsaw puzzle. We incorrectly stated it was a work called "Wildnerness" by Adrian Chesterton, when in fact it is called "Wildlife" by Adrian Chesterman.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Nov. 19, 2015

You can hear an all-American bluegrass band or see work by an American artist.


World's Largest Jigsaw Puzzle 'Wildlife' Features Fantasy Forest

NPR talks to the man who created the painting of the world's largest jigsaw puzzle, Adrian Chesterman. It has 33,600 pieces, and when completed it is more than 18 by 5 feet.