With its early colonial portraits, depictions of grand historical battles, transcendentalist landscapes and intimate, turn-of-the-century paintings of the elite classes, the collection of American art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ranks as one of the finest in the world.
North Korea held a huge military parade in Pyongyang on Thursday, using the 70th anniversary of the birth of its late leader Kim Jong Il as an opportunity to try to invoke deeper reverence for his son and chosen successor, Kim Jong Un.
Picture the glow of medieval squares illuminated by thousands of sparkling lights. Imagine gingerbread-style stalls where artisans offer traditional crafts that threaten to banish gifts of boring neckties and fruitcakes for eternity. Marvel at iPod-toting children falling under the spell of low-tech charms like wooden toys, ice rinks and vintage merry-go-rounds.
Janet Echelman never studied sculpture or architecture, and she was rejected by each of the seven arts schools she applied to after college. Yet in an unlikely turn of events, she has become a pioneering creator of enormous flexible sculptures that are beginning to enliven the world's cities.
While the rest of the northern hemisphere was thrown into chaos by the recent cold snap, conditions were perfect this week in Harbin, northeast China, where giant buddhas, skyscrapers and even the Sphinx have been rendered in ice.
As many Americans were spending Christmas night with their families, Olek, a New York based artist was near Wall Street, freezing her fingers to the bone while outfitting the famous "Charging Bull" into a giant knitted cozy.
A hundred years ago when German explorer Leo Frobenius visited West Africa and came across some sculpted bronze heads and terracotta figures, he was sure he had discovered remains of the mythical lost city of Atlantis.
The joyful peal of children's' laughter could be heard Saturday at a popular shopping center in Johannesburg, South Africa, where more than 250 underprivileged kids gathered with local celebrities to help dismantle and eat the world's largest chocolate bunny.
Stockholm's natural beauty makes it the perfect setting for outdoor happenings. Many of the city's seasonal events have their roots in the city's Viking past, giving a taste of Sweden's long lost Viking heritage.
When you have beach on the brain, who wants to bother with a layover? Budget Travel has prepared the ultimate insider's guide to seven resort towns south of the border that are just one quick flight away.
Rising from the wooded hills of Derbyshire's Peak District, Chatsworth is a house firmly embedded in its landscape. With its rugged vistas and dazzling baroque architecture, many believe Chatsworth to be the inspiration behind Mr Darcy's Pemberly in Pride and Prejudice. In real life, this 175-room mansion is home to the 12th Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish.
Richard Serra stands in the Museum of Modern Art's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, his hair as white as the marble floor. The summer sun of New York radiates from the towering metal of his monumental works. He breaks no sweat.
Coming soon: Brood XIII. It sounds like a bad horror movie. But it's actually the name of the billions of cicadas expected to emerge this month in parts of the Midwest after spending 17 years underground
Chess is a challenging game at the best of times. But try playing it in Trafalgar Square, with huge pieces carved from ice -- on a relatively balmy British day that threatened to turn pawns to puddles.
With a fiery, alcohol-fueled temper and a dynamic splatter-gun technique, Jackson Pollock was one of many painters and sculptors who, from the 1950s to the 70s, embodied the classic role of the rebel artist.
Should you be able to video yourself being interrogated by the police? With many of today's camera-cellphones, it's trivially easy to do from a technical standpoint. But it took Hubert Burda Media, Germany's largest magazine publisher, to get me thinking about it.
About six years ago, as a friend and I were on a cross-country drive, we stopped in New Salem, N.D., where we visited the town's singular claim to fame: Salem Sue, a 38-foot statue billed as the World's Largest Holstein Cow. After gaping at the colossus, cracking a few udder jokes and taking the obligatory photos, we happily went on our way.
Money Magazine: Investingupdated: Fri Nov 01 2002 00:01:00