The Art Assignment


About The Art Assignment

The Art Assignment is a weekly PBS Digital Studios production hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green. We explore art and art history through the lens of things happening today.




Trending artists cover image
Have you heard of Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentilschi? Find out why her popularity, and that of other artists, has risen dramatically since the 1970s.

Trending artists




Folies Bergere Poster
You've likely seen this glassy-eyed late 19th Century barmaid before, but what can we make of this painting today?

Better Know: Manet’s Bar


Great Hall., Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met Museum in New York is filled with masterpieces of human creativity, but is there a better way to organize what's inside?

Remake the Met


Courbet, The Artist's Studio, a real allegory summing up seven years of my artistic and moral life
What's the point of making realistic paintings when photography can do the trick?

The case for Realism


Warning sign about nudity
The nude has been celebrated but also censored. What's wrong with seeing the unclothed human body?

The case for nudity



Marina Abramović, Art Must Be Beautiful, Artist Must Be Beautiful (1975)
Should art be beautiful? Revisit ancient philosophers' thoughts on beauty and consider why we might be skeptical of beauty today.

Art must be beautiful


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Artists don’t just imitate the world around them—they copy each other, reworking old images and revising history.

The Case for Copying










Museums are more than collections that once belonged to the rich—they can help us understand our history.

The case for museums


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Artists don’t just imitate the world around them—they copy each other, reworking old images and revising history.

The Case for Copying


Ai Weiwei synthesizes the clash between reverence for the past and the irrepressible drive for the future.

The Case for Ai Weiwei


Viewer of Warhol's Disaster
By laying bare the relationship between commerce and art, Warhol nullified the idea of being a sell out.

The Case for Andy Warhol