In France, a renewed push to return art looted by Nazis

Nearly seven decades after the end of World War II, the Internet and improved technology have helped locate the rightful owners of art looted by the Nazis, but it's still a painstaking process.

Commentary: getting skeptical about LACMA's new redesign plan

What is wrong with the old museum?

Long hidden, Vatican painting linked to Native Americans

A newly cleaned painting in the Vatican dating to 1494, may be the first European depiction of Native Americans. The painting had been largely ignored for more than 500 years.

Eat. Drink. Art.

The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery will hold their annual benefit and silent auction this Saturday at the Barnsdall Art Park.

Inside the lab of an electron microscope photographer

David Scharf is one of the world's leading names in electron microscope photography: those giant, luminescent photos of tiny things like bugs, dust, and nerves.

Picture This: Mark Laita captures the beauty of nature's deadliest serpents

Mark Laita makes his living as a commercial photographer, you've likely seen his work on products ranging from the iPhone to Gatorade. But his passion is portraits of everything from people and peonies to seahorses and snakes.

Picture This: Rocker Graham Nash captures 50 years of 'Visual Harmony'

On tap this week, we'll speak with someone not well known as a shutterbug, singer/songwriter Graham Nash. During his 50-year career as a rock star, Nash was also almost always taking pictures.

In gritty Sao Paulo, artists take to the streets

Brazil's largest city is more about business than art. But a new crop of creators is trying to change that by sprucing up public spaces.

A charioteer statue at the Getty Villa shows Greece wasn't just Athens, Sparta, and Corinth

Historians used to think of Athens, Sparta, and Corinth as the real thing, and their Italian colonies as backwaters of little importance. Now, they believe some of the highest advancements of Greek art (and even science) were happening not in the great Attic cities but on Greek civilization’s westernmost fringes. Like Sicily.

Spirituality and Sprite, aisle 1? What an artist sees in Wal-Mart

Artist Brendan O'Connell's paintings find beauty in a cathedral of American consumerism. His thoughtful, unironic paintings of life inside Wal-Mart stores reflect on our relationship to brands and the search for "transcendence" in a shopping cart.

Interview: Harry Shearer on 'Le Show' being taken off the air in LA (audio)

“Le Show,” a public broadcasting institution hosted by Harry Shearer since 1983, was removed from KCRW’s broadcast schedule effective immediately earlier this week.

Koreatown's Dumbfoundead: A rising star in a genre of transition

27-year-old rapper from Koreatown, Dumbfoundead, talks about the evolving genre of hip hop and the roles of Asian Americans in the scene.

Amazing mosaic mural discovered inside Downtown LA Hotel

Last October, crews began tearing down the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Inside the walls, a fascinating discovery was made.

Groundbreaking improv comedian Jonathan Winters dies (Update)

Winters, 87, died Thursday at his home in Montecito, California of natural causes. He was a master of improvisational comedy, with a grab bag of eccentric personalities and facial expressions.

Picture This: Alexandra Avakian's revolutionary photography

Alexandra Avakian has followed conflicts around the globe, from the Gaza Strip to Somalia, the Sudan and Haiti.

Julia Sweeney's new memoir chronicles her path from 'SNL' star to suburban mom

Julia Sweeney has written about her personal experiences and many more in her new book "If It's Not One Thing It's Your Mother."