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For Artist Elaine De Kooning, Painting Was A Verb, Not A Noun

One of de Kooning's friends once asked her what it was like to work in the shadow of her husband, Willem de Kooning. She replied: "I don't paint in his shadow, I paint in his light.'"
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Puerto Rico Wants To Grow Your Next Cup Of Specialty Coffee

More than a century ago, Puerto Rico used to produce world-class coffee. Now farmers there are trying to rebuild the industry by focusing on growing higher-quality beans, which command higher prices.
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Whitney Museum's New Building Opens Doors (And Walls) To Outside World

For decades, the museum was housed in a concrete fortress with few windows. Its new home offers striking views of the Manhattan skyline, but critics say the design draws attention away from the art.
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Just How Do 'Thomas & Friends' Drive Sodor's Economy?

On the 70th anniversary of the books that spawned Thomas The Tank Engine, NPR's Elizabeth Blair considers the economic model of Thomas's home island of Sodor, and its elaborate railway system.

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Picasso Painting Breaks Record For Most Expensive Artwork Sold At Auction

One of Pablo Picasso's later paintings in his series, "Les Femmes D'Alger" ("Women of Algiers"), was sold for $179.4 million, including the Christie's Auction House fee, at auction on Monday night.
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'Unsettling' Lucille Ball Sculpture Will Move To New Home In N.Y.

The plan gives new life to a statue that gained dubious fame last month, when criticism of the bronze work reached a fever pitch. It's now seen as a part of comedy history.
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Making Art Out Of Bodies: Sally Mann Reflects On Life And Photography

Mann has published pictures that show her young children naked, her husband's muscular dystrophy and dead bodies decomposing. She reflects on her life and work in a new memoir called Hold Still.
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Tea Tuesdays: Matcha-maker, Matcha-maker, Make Me Some Tea

Matcha green tea is taking off in America, but the Japanese have been drinking it for eight centuries. What happens when commercialism meets tradition?
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Jerry Garcia's Advice To Bill Kreutzmann: 'Don't Rush'

"You can learn so much from [Jerry Garcia]. Doesn't matter what instrument you play," the Grateful Dead drummer says. He has a new memoir out called Deal.
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In 'Organic Life,' The Making Of America's First Certified Organic Restaurant

Nora Pouillon writes about her lifelong devotion to food in a new memoir, My Organic Life. Her restaurant has been a fixture in the Washington, D.C., food scene since 1979.

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