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Thirteen Books That Informed and Delighted Smithsonian Scholars This Year

With a mission to increase and diffuse knowledge, Smithsonian thought leaders are voracious readers<p>Comment on this Story


The American Worker: Exploited from the beginning

Once upon a time, there was a promise that man’s dominion over the world would lead to shared prosperity and leisure. As we made machines to do our bidding, we would gain time to tend to our families and communities and pursue the improvement of our minds and spirit.<p>That promise never came to pass, …


Sylvia Plath's Different Shades | by Elaine Showalter | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

One of the first things you see at “One Life,” the Sylvia Plath exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., is a long …


Watch: A new 'Wrinkle in Time' trailer has dropped

Dive further into the <i>Wrinkle in Time</i> world with the feature's new trailer.<p>In the film directed by Ava DuVernay, based upon the novel by Madeleine L'Engle, Meg (Storm Reid) is struggling with the disappearance of her father (Chris Pine).<p>Thankfully, three celestial guides — Mrs. Whatsit (Reese …


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The best photos rejected from the National Portrait Gallery's Taylor Wessing Prize

<b>The Portrait Salon Awards 2017 celebrate images submitted to, and rejected by, the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery Photographic Portrait Prize.</b><p>The awards were founded by Carole Evans and James O Jenkins in 2011.<p>Artist Julie Cockburn selected 46 images for this year's exhibition, on 16 …


Photo of Android Gets a Top Prize in Prestigious Portrait Contest

One of the world’s prestigious international portrait photography competitions is causing a stir after awarding a top prize to a photo that doesn’t …


From Cézanne to moths: this week’s fashion trends

What’s hot and what’s not in fashion this week<p><b>Going up</b><p><b>The</b> <b>E Leoty</b> <b>‘Corset’ sports bra</b> Inspired by the Paris Ballet corsetry archives and sexier than proper bras. Exercise is the new erotica.<p><b>Tragedy layering</b> The deep teenage protagonist of Oscar bait Call Me By Your Name does wonderful things with his …

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Sacked Gay Times editor Josh Rivers 'appalled' by his offensive tweets

The magazine confirmed it had sacked Josh Rivers with "immediate effect" after historical anti-Semitic and racist posts were found on social media<p>Mr …

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Killer snakes, boozy beards and Da Vinci's record-smashing Christ – the week in art

Modigliani’s nudes hit Tate Modern, Gilbert and George celebrate 50 years together, and Facebook bans Christmas robins – all in your weekly dispatch<p>Exhibition of the week<p><b>Modigliani</b><br>This short-lived painter, who combined Cubism with the Renaissance nude, put sensuality into modernism.<br>• Tate Modern, …

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The Invisible Face of the American Worker Is Made Stunningly Visible in This New Show

The National Portrait Gallery kicks off its 50th anniversary with the exhibition “The Sweat of Their Face”<p>Comment on this Story


This Photographer Is Trying To Raise Awareness Of Endometriosis

News<p>Doctors often fail to recognise it, never mind treat it, so this photographer has captured her most vulnerable moments to spread awareness of …

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Robot joins Shakespeare, Darwin in UK's National Portrait Gallery

A photo of an android nabs a top prize in an international portrait competition, with judges celebrating it as "a provocative comment on human evolution."<p>Among the portraits of historically significant British figures hanging in London's National Portrait Gallery, visitors will see William …

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Business focus: Questions over elite family's drug wealth spread to the UK

The Sackler family, an Anglo-American business dynasty with a £10 billion fortune, like to put their stamp on things.

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National Portrait Gallery of Australia Director Angus Trumble announces he will not renew contract

The National Portrait Gallery of Australia will begin looking for a new director.

Image of determined 16-year-old migrant wins major portrait award

Spanish journalist César Dezfuli won £15,000 for his photograph of teenager rescued from the Mediterranean Sea<p>An arresting photograph of a solemn 16-year-old migrant from Mali taken after he had been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea has won a major portrait award.<p>The Spanish photojournalist César …

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Marlene Dietrich in Photos: A Study in Contrasts

PARIS — It’s a common complaint among people who dislike photographs of themselves: “That looks nothing like me!” Most of them don’t possess anything close to the star wattage of Marlene Dietrich. Yet the movie legend expressed similar angst during her first meeting with the film director Josef von …


How Pete Souza Fits Into the Storied History of Presidential Photography

In his new book, the former White House photographer frames a clear picture of the Obama years<p>Comment on this Story

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Marlene Dietrich dressed for the image, not for you

Marlene Dietrich, early darling of the silver screen, was curating an Instagram-perfect image for herself 80 years before Instagram was …

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C.F. Payne: An American Illustrator

Anthony Moorman and Woodrow J. Hinton III—the writer/director/producer team responsible for the wonderful artist-focused film <i>Making It</i>—have just …

Fantasy Art

Somebody Made A Toilet Out Of $15k Of Louis Vuitton Bags

Artist Illma Gore, who previously gave us the Trump micropenis drawing that now proudly stands in the National Portrait Gallery, has made a fully-functioning gold toilet out of $20k worth of Louis Vuitton bags. Why? Why not except for all the reasons why not! On making the piece, Gore said, "I …

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Free Things to Do

Explore the winter wonderland that is DC with free holiday displays, unforgettable events and much more<p>There’s nothing like a trip to Washington, DC …


Kehinde Wiley Was Destined To Paint Barack Obama

As one of his last presidential acts, Obama chose a queer, black artist as his official portraitist. Wiley's colleagues and peers explain why the choice was fated.<p>The presidential portraits wing of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is lined with paintings of very powerful and equally pasty …


Exhibition captures memorable moments from some of Australia's best-loved films

Twenty-five years after <i>Strictly Ballroom</i> became a hit, Paul Mercurio still gets asked to recreate moments from the film.<p>He was in a butcher shop in …

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Australian films: National Portrait Gallery exhibit shows the behind the scenes of iconic movies

Hundreds of images capturing the most significant characters in 100 years of Australian filmmaking have been brought together at the National …

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Painting the powerful: Artists share inside process of capturing presidential couples

It was May of 1998 and artist Ginny Stanford was at the White House meeting then-first lady Hillary Clinton for the first time.<p>“I think the thing …

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Even the stars are feeling a little starstruck by new exhibition

The true power of an image, whether it be moving or still, is its ability to evoke emotion. At the launch of <i>Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits</i> at …

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Duchess Kate is back at work, showing her bitty baby bump

The worst of her morning sickness is over, it appears, for Duchess Kate of Cambridge: She was back at work this week, glowing and showing a teeny baby bump for her third pregnancy.<p>You could just barely see it when she appeared at a mental health-related event for one of her charities on Wednesday …

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From Frederick Douglass to Edith Wharton: Portraits of Influential Atlantic Contributors

This author-themed tour of our history commemorates these writers and the magazine’s 160th anniversary.<p>At the time of its first issue in November 1857, the magazine, then <i>The Atlantic Monthly</i>, billed itself as a “journal of literature, politics, science, and the arts.” Since then, the magazine has …