Made by a culture that didn’t make a distinction between art for a purpose and art-for-art’s-sake, the ‘Three Villages Robe’ captures a battle and a celebration in vibrant color on buffalo hide.
In a new book, “Keep the Change,” Harley Spiller showcases some of the mangled money he has amassed over the past 50 years.
The backlash against “plus-size” is the latest wrinkle in the history of a term that dates back to the flapper era of the 1920s.
What accounts for the writer’s enduring appeal? A voice with a modern sensibility, says Alexander McCall Smith.
Louis Begley’s award-winning fiction usually takes on bad behavior among the well-bred and prosperous. ‘Killer, Come Hither’ ratchets up the intrigue—and the evil.
Hall & Oates’s Daryl Hall on the power of the political and personal in Marvin Gaye’s classic soul hit.
To paint ‘Snow Storm—Steam Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth,’ J.M.W. Turner said he had sailors lash him to the mast of a ship for four hours to observe the tempest.
Alison Gopnik on research that shows how humans (and rats) set up protected spaces for children to deal with the dangerous adult world.
Yale’s Peabody Museum will show Samurai memorabilia from a period of relative peace in Japan.
Essay: The ban on Pete Rose, the former Cincinnati Reds star, looks increasingly cruel in an era of steroids and commercial gambling, Christopher Caldwell writes.
As Aspen draws serious art collectors, more high-profile galleries are establishing outposts in the resort.
Dan Ariely offers advice on how to maintain domestic harmony and have a less American social life.
The author of the acclaimed play ‘Disgraced’ copes with a buggy mystery and other struggles of the writing life.
A new documentary project that gives a say to people close to the shah and his toppled monarchy is testing the limits of today’s Iranian regime.
A lavish six-part TV series and an austere Royal Shakespeare Company play approach Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” novels in wildly different ways: How they did it.
Essay: To defeat the extremists for good, Muslims must reject those aspects of their tradition that prompt some to resort to oppression and holy war, writes author Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Essay: There are problems with oil, gas and coal, but their benefits for people—and the planet—are beyond dispute, writes Matt Ridley.
From Byzantium to New York’s Astor Place Riot, onstage drama has often led to political venting, protests and worse.
Experimental director Peter Sellars uses theater, dance and opera to push boundaries and pose painful questions about race and inequality.
David Gelernter, computer expert and author, on how to use the ‘cloud’ to bring Beethoven to young people.
The Prado museum in Madrid has brought together works of Netherlandish artist Van Der Weyden, in a rare show.
Using nanotechnology, scientists have created a bio-robot that could alert people to drier conditions.
The abuse of military jargon is driving Joe Queenan to take up verbal arms.
Once named “Sexiest Man Alive,” actor Ryan Reynolds takes on a new role as a lawyer in “Woman in Gold.”
A new study looks at people who see letters or numbers as having colors—and finds a possible connection to toy letter magnets.
Many native-born Americans were declared ‘enemy aliens’ and imprisoned. Some were ‘repatriated’ to countries they’d never known.
Sotheby’s will ask about $50 million for Pop pioneer Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘The Ring (Engagement).’
A research paper shows the difficulty of predicting winners in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The term unicorn used to refer to magical beasts. How did it come to describe a herd of young Silicon Valley companies?
William Klein left New York for Paris but returned in the 1950s to shoot a seminal book of photography. Now, a new volume and exhibition explore his forays into Brooklyn in 2013.