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The immensely popular official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama are hitting the road next year, and may be coming to a city near you. The National Portrait Gallery has announced a five-city tour that will bring the famed paintings to new museums and new audiences.

A work from a titan of American self-taught art could set a new auction record for the artist.
Hoshine offers glimpses into his fragmented reality through slightly surrealist forms, gestures, and references to everyday life.
A 1997 theft left the Galleria Ricci-Oddi in Piacenza, Italy searching for answers.
For an emperor whose legacy was condemned after his death, Nero is surprisingly present in Rome today, especially now that his two palaces are again open to the public.
Guggenheim Award-winning artist JoAnne Carson’s fantastical imaginings teeter somewhere between the perils of temptation envisioned in the otherworldly painted gardens of Hieronymus Bosch and the lush but benign beauty of Monet’s Giverny.
If you look closely at any hand-drawn animated feature, you’ll notice the backgrounds are beautifully painted while the characters are flat. Animators for Klaus saw this as an opportunity for improvement.
As hype builds for the July festivities, we’re getting a preview of the spirit of the games through twenty artist-created posters now on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.
To mark the 150th anniversary of The Met’s incorporation, directors have planned a wide range of activities and events over the next several months, including an immersive exhibit about the museum’s history, the reopening of its British Galleries after a $22 million renovation, and the display of works given to the museum in honor of its anniversary.
The Coors show rounds up the best Western contemporary realists, exhibiting their art in galleries in what is essentially a gigantic Quonset hut also sheltering livestock and vendors.