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07/08/2023 by: Ryan Lutz

NPR focuses on US based contemporary art galleries, museums, and art fairs in its art and design section. With in-depth reporting, interviews, and analysis, NPR's coverage provides insights into the art world's latest developments, trends, and controversies. From emerging artists to established masters, NPR's journalists bring a fresh perspective to art news, highlighting the social, cultural, and political implications of contemporary art.  As one would expect,  NPR's coverage of the arts is well written, informative, and engaging.

Ohio's Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks are about to be a UNESCO World Heritage site

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are considered "outstanding works of human genius." There are just 24 in the U.S., including the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon.

Fernando Botero, Colombian artist famous for rotund and oversize figures, dies at 91

Colombian artist Fernando Botero has died at the age of 91. "I don't paint fat women," he once told Spain's El Mundo newspaper, "I am interested in volume, the sensuality

The Paris Review, n+1 and others win 2023 Whiting Literary Magazine Prizes

The 2023 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize has been awarded to The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Paris Review, Oxford American and n+1 among others

Memories of my mom are wrapped up in her saris

NPR correspondent Rhitu Chatterjee visited a hit London museum show called "The Offbeat Sari." It showed her how the garment has changed — and made her reflect on what the

Remembering Tony Award-winning costume designer Franne Lee

From SNL's Coneheads to Killer Bees, Broadway's Sweeney Todd and Candide, we remember Tony Award-winning costume designer Franne Lee who died on Aug. 27.

Understanding the joy that many find in sadness

Why are humans attracted to art that combines sadness and beauty? A brain scientist says sadness has benefits like helping elicit empathy and purging negative emotion.

Far from the internet, these big, benevolent trolls lure humans to nature

Thomas Dambo's gigantic trolls made out of recycled wood are turning up throughout the Pacific Northwest after making appearances all over the world.(Story aired on Morning Edition on May 16,

Roman emperor statue seized from Cleveland Museum of Art in smuggling investigation

The headless statue is believed to depict Marcus Aurelius. The investigation into its origins comes over a decade after Turkey claimed that 21 objects at the museum were linked to

Rare painting bought for $4 at a thrift store may fetch a quarter million at auction

A $4 thrift store purchase turned out to be a rare painting by American artist N.C. Wyeth.

A groundbreaking exhibition on the National Mall shows monuments aren't set in stone

The first official outdoor exhibition on Washington D.C.'s National Mall showcases six artists whose monuments honor American stories missing from the heart of the country's capital.

The director of the British Museum resigned after over 1,500 its objects went missing

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Martin Bailey of The Art Newspaper about thefts at the British Museum that led to the director's resignation.

Ancient cave art along China's silk road is damaged in harsh rains

Flash floods and years of unusual rainfall — likely linked to climate change — are degrading ancient cave art along China's historic silk road at a rapid pace.

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NPR ART & Design News
Updated July 8, 2023  by Ryan Lutz