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Meet The Models: Exhibit Explores The People Behind The Paintings

An exhibit at Smithsonian's Archives of American Art investigates the relationship between artists and their models. The stern woman in Grant Wood's American Gothic? That was actually his sister, Nan.
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Could Detroit's Automakers Save Its Art Treasures?

Chrysler, General Motors and Ford offered up a multi-million dollar deal to help the bankrupt city of Detroit. But are there any strings attached to the cash and will it be enough to save the city?
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'Degenerate' Exhibit Recalls Nazi War On Modern Art

In 1937, two Nazi art shows aimed to teach the public to despise modernist art and show them what art should be. An exhibit at New York's Neue Galerie reunites works from both landmark shows.
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As Portraits Became Passé, These Artists Redefined 'Face Value'

After World War II, portraiture fell out of fashion. But an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery celebrates some rebel artists who found new, clever and funny ways to portray the human figure.
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From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks

If you've ever been to a national park gift shop, you may have seen reproductions of these prints for sale. Of more than 1,000 originals, only 40 are known to survive.
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Impressionists With Benefits? The Painting Partnership Of Degas And Cassatt

A new exhibit explores the intense relationship between French painter Edgar Degas and American painter Mary Cassatt. No one knows whether it was romantic, but there was certainly no lack of passion.

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How Do You Wring Sound From Sculpture? It Takes A 'Quiet Pride'

Jazz bassist Rufus Reid has played with just about everybody in the mainstream jazz world, but his latest project is a work exploring the intersection of music and the visual arts.
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Artist Kara Walker Draws Us Into Bitter History With Something Sweet

Walker's latest project is a series of sugar sculptures housed in a former sugar refinery. From far away the works look charming, but up close they tell the ugly story of the Caribbean slave trade.
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One Collector's Plan To Save Realistic Art Was Anything But Abstract

In the 1950s Abstract Expressionism was wow-ing the art world and elbowing Realism out of galleries. Art lover Sara Roby set out to change that, and a new exhibit celebrates the impact she had.
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The Art Of A Lost American Couturier, On Display At The Met

After a two-year renovation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute is reopening with an exhibit on the work of Charles James, who is now obscure, but considered America's first couturier.

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